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A poet of rare lyric intensity - Oxford Companion to English Literature

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We belong to the houses we live in. ('Hoopoe')

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Dorothea Smartt reveals a poetic intelligence and maturity of form and content which definitely locates her among the best of her generation of poets. - Carol Boyce Davies

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Are words no more than waving, wavering flags? - 'The right word', Imtiaz Dharker

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Form is a straitjacket in the way that a straitjacket was a straitjacket for Houdini. Paul Muldoon.

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His poems are made from his life with his life; his poems are earned. He dares to be simple. And he is surely among the finest young poets alive. - The American Poetry Review

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Philip Larkin

B. 1922 D. 1985

3 poems available

I'd like to think...that people in pubs would talk about my poems. - Larkin to his publisher

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13 poems available

A keeper of the artistic estate, a custodian of griefs and wonders - Seamus Heaney

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Seamus Heaney

B. 1939 D. 2013

4 poems available

And here is love / like a tinsmith's scoop / sunk past its gleam / in the meal-bin - 'Mossbawn Sunlight', Seamus Heaney

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wen yuh see she walk//holdin freedom water//balance pon she head - 'caribbean woman', Jean 'Binta' Breeze

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We were testing the range of the human voice - 'The Shout', Simon Armitage

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Not Striving - Alasdair Gray
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