WB Yeats

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Was Joe Biden trolling Britain with his choice of poetry – or choosing his words perfectly?
You can tell a lot about a leader from the poems they quote, as the president’s speech to US air force personnel proved this week

Zoe Williams

13, Jun, 2021 @6:00 AM

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Denis Donoghue obituary
Literary critic who defended traditional values against campus radicals

Eric Homberger

28, May, 2021 @4:54 PM

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Will bad leadership on Covid go unpunished?
Letters: Don’t blame the UK’s Covid death toll on our rule-averse culture, writes Robert Webb. Philip Clayton fears the government’s blunders will be rewarded, while Adrian Paterson traces literary references to an earlier pandemic


02, Feb, 2021 @6:06 PM

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Forgotten Plays: No 9 – The Words Upon the Window-Pane and Purgatory by WB Yeats
A drama in which the spirit of Jonathan Swift haunts a seance and an astonishingly brief update of the Oresteia confirm the poet’s remarkable skills as a playwright

Michael Billington

27, Jul, 2020 @5:00 AM

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'Things fall apart': the apocalyptic appeal of WB Yeats's The Second Coming
Written 100 years ago, Yeats’s poem has been absorbed into the cultural bloodstream from Chinua Achebe to The Sopranos, Joan Didion to Gordon Gecko. Why is it such a touchstone in times of chaos?

Dorian Lynskey

30, May, 2020 @10:00 AM

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Thomas Keneally: ‘Does anyone write a good book at 83? Well, I think I have’’
The Australian novelist on crying over a Dickens biography, laughing at Kathy Lette and the classic he is ashamed not to have read

Thomas Keneally

06, Dec, 2019 @10:00 AM

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There are dark stirrings in Brexiteers’ sudden fixation with poetry | Edward Sugden
Geoffrey Cox et al are casting themselves as epic heroes fighting for a return to a purer past, says cultural historian Edward Sugden

Edward Sugden

12, Apr, 2019 @11:00 AM

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Hadaway wi’ ya dialect confusion | Brief letters
Brief letters: Life before Google Maps | Stanley Kubrick’s best films | Regional dialect | Crossword | WB Yeats


08, Apr, 2019 @5:00 PM

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Romance ain’t over if the fat fella sings | Brief letters
Brief letters: Brexit and mental health | WB Yeats | Naked protesters | James Corden | AI | Clare in the Community


04, Apr, 2019 @5:12 PM

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Built on violence: adapting The Remains of the Day for stage
Two lines sketched on an envelope and an obsession with WB Yeats were key to a stage version of Kazuo Ishiguro’s novel

Barney Norris

14, Mar, 2019 @11:00 AM

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Poem of the week: Why the swan by Andrew Lambeth
The writer discovers in this familiar but enigmatic creature an elusive emblem

Carol Rumens

14, Jan, 2019 @12:28 PM

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They’re chasing May’s leadership – but statesmanship is what we need now | Matthew d’Ancona
Our politicians are failing to rise to the challenge of finding a calm solution to the Brexit crisis in these populist times

Matthew d'Ancona

09, Dec, 2018 @3:55 PM

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