Poet laureate

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‘I’m CBE, I’m poet laureate so I’m clearly not a republican am I?’: Simon Armitage
When Simon Armitage left his job as a probation worker to become a full-time poet his dad was horrified. Is the former young subversive turned royal appointee now part of the establishment?

Simon Hattenstone

08, Apr, 2023 @10:00 AM

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Poet laureate honours Queen Elizabeth II with new work, Floral Tribute
Simon Armitage’s poem, which spells out the late monarch’s name acrostically, pays homage to ‘a promise made and kept for life’

Lucy Knight

12, Sep, 2022 @11:01 PM

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Five men and one woman who took on impossible job – of poet laureate
Several of the poets appointed by, or inherited by the Queen, had to deal with public mockery. No wonder Philip Larkin turned down the role

Adam Newey

10, Sep, 2022 @10:00 AM

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Unpublished Ted Hughes poems about partner Assia Wevill to be sold
The recently found notebook of fragments and finished work has been described as the poet’s ‘most direct’ response to the suicide of his partner and daughter in 1969

Lucy Knight

08, Jul, 2022 @1:45 PM

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Poet laureate Simon Armitage writes Ukraine war poem Resistance
Armitage calls his piece a ‘refracted version of what is coming at us in obscene images through the news’

Harriet Sherwood Arts and culture correspondent

11, Mar, 2022 @10:21 AM

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Pomp, circumstance and very bad poetry | Brief letters
Brief letters: Jubilee poems | Royal bias | Lisztomania | Subpostmasters

18, Feb, 2022 @6:01 PM

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This be the verse for the Queen’s jubilee: Philip Larkin, Ted Hughes and Elizabeth II | Letters
Letter: David Evans recalls Philip Larkin’s poem for the silver jubilee and his pastiche of what he imagined Ted Hughes might write


11, Feb, 2022 @6:02 PM

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Country diary: The bird box and tree trunk are no longer separate things
Wenlock Edge, Shropshire: Like our fleeting winter, this box is merely an impression of what it once was, and what it should be

Paul Evans

13, Jan, 2022 @5:30 AM

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Amanda Gorman says she has declined around $17m in deals since inauguration
The American poet will grace Vogue’s May issue and spoke about being conscious of ‘taking commissions that speak to’ her

Priya Elan

07, Apr, 2021 @10:08 PM

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Amanda Gorman signs modeling contract after star turn at inauguration
Already a fashion sensation, the 22-year-old joins IMG Models, the same agency as Gigi and Bella Hadid

Priya Elan

27, Jan, 2021 @8:56 PM

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British Library apologises for linking Ted Hughes to slave trade
The poet had been wrongly included among more than 300 figures whose collections were associated with wealth obtained from colonial violence

Alison Flood

25, Nov, 2020 @1:13 PM

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‘There’s no such thing as a socially distanced mosh pit’: artists on the thrill of the crowd
Poet laureate Simon Armitage and comedian Lolly Adefope love the buzz of performance. Here’s what we’re all missing

Simon Armitage and Lolly Adefope

27, Jun, 2020 @8:00 AM

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