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Robert Burns

B. 1759 D. 1796

3 poems available

Deep in heart-wrung tears I'll pledge thee, warring sighs and groans I'll wage thee. - Robert Burns 'Song: ae fond kiss and then we sever'

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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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Herbert takes on the major forms of ode and elegy, adding satire, comedy and the ancient Scottish tradition of extended insult, as well as modes still undefined. - Sean O'Brien

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What we cannot speak about we must

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Birthcries repeatedly / new, self pull out self, self / issuing that self home - Vahni Capildeo, 'On Not Writing as a West Indian Woman'

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Technical mastery and fresh, unrehearsed sensibility - The Times

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Who wants to know / a story's end, or where a road will go? - Sheenagh Pugh, 'What If This Road'

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As activities, writing poetry and climbing have few connections, apart from a heightened sense of being and awareness, of being fully engaged. Andrew Greig

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Mick Imlah

B. 1956 D. 2009

1 poem available

A poet of striking originality and cunning, a genuinely distinctive voice in the murmur and babble of the contemporary - Neil Corcoran

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Alastair Reid

B. 1926 D. 2014

4 poems available

I travelled, however, mainly to find places to come to rest in, places to write in, oases.

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Among the finest of our poets. - Melvyn Bragg

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Poetry, above all, is a series of intense moments - its power is not in narrative. I'm not dealing with facts, I'm dealing with emotion. Carol Ann Duffy

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