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She is one of very few poets to be equally probing and technically sophisticated in both languages, intuitively sensitive to the peculiarities of each. Ruth McIlroy, Planet

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I write because my ink must flow like blood. The written must be spoken. Patience Agbabi

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Algernon Swinburne

B. 1837 D. 1909

1 poem available

In a coign of the cliff between lowland and highland, at the sea-down's edge between windward and lee, walled round with rocks as an inland island, the ghost of a garden fronts the sea. - Algernon Swinburne 'A Forsaken Garden'

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Walter Scott

B. 1771 D. 1832

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The owl from the steeple sing, 'Welcome, proud lady.' - Walter Scott 'Proud Maisie'

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Strands of autobiography, a deeply sensuous ecology of place, historical narratives; the inner world of imagination and the often difficult realities of the postcolonial nation are interwoven in McWatt's bold but carefully worked out architecture. Peepal Tree

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6 poems available

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

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Alison Brackenbury loves, lives, hymns and rhymes the natural world and its people like no other poet. Gillian Clark

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Poetry is an art of considering the present. Like music, the performative aspect of poetry forces us to be alert to the possibility of the moment, to experience and capture it fully.

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Andrew Marvell

B. 1621 D. 1678

4 poems available

Had we but world enough, and time, / This coyness, lady, were no crime. Andrew Marvell, 'To His Coy Mistress'

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Sam Hunt

B. 1946

8 poems available

Trenches of night between us ... - 'War History', Sam Hunt

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Who hoards the twilight in an old bottle of broken words, / is yet forgiven, having known only your shadows. - 'Poem beyond Love', Richard Reeve

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Poets can learn a lot from the timing of the best comics: pacing, economy, judiciousness, silence, rhythm, reward.

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