WH Auden

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The Guardian view on ordinary histories: often quite extraordinary | Editorial
Editorial: Historic England’s proposal to celebrate the places where “ordinary people” have worked, lived or socialised is very welcome

Editorial

25, Feb, 2022 @6:35 PM

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A Journey Through the Rake’s Progress review – whistle-stop tour of Stravinsky
Blackheath Halls pioneers a new form of opera online with this ambitious if uneven abridgement of The Rake’s Progress

Andrew Clements

04, Oct, 2020 @1:00 PM

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Landmark poems of the last century
Far from being elitist, poetry in the last 100 years has been defined by an urgent desire to communicate. Here are five poems that each illuminate their age

John Burnside

03, Oct, 2019 @9:00 AM

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Britten Sinfonia / Gourlay review – Turnage and Clayton sing out for refugees
Poems on displacement by Benjamin Zephaniah, Brian Bilston, Dickinson and Auden drive a weighty new song cycle by Mark-Anthony Turnage, delivered masterfully by Allan Clayton

Andrew Clements

22, Sep, 2019 @11:32 AM

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The right poem for the wrong time: WH Auden’s September 1, 1939
Despite the poet’s best attempts to destroy it, readers still turn to his poem about Germany’s invasion of Poland in times of crisis. Why?

Ian Sansom

31, Aug, 2019 @11:00 AM

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September 1, 1939 by Ian Sansom review – a biography of a poem
One of WH Auden’s most famous poems is treated to an entertaining dissection

Blake Morrison

22, Aug, 2019 @8:57 AM

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Faber & Faber: by Toby Faber review – the untold story of a publishing giant
They turned down Ulysses and Animal Farm, but still shaped 20th‑century literature

John Mullan

20, Jun, 2019 @11:00 AM

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Top 10 houseguests in fiction | Jessica Francis Kane
Visits are great engines for storytelling – and from Jane Austen to Ali Smith, here are some of the best

Jessica Francis Kane

12, Jun, 2019 @9:48 AM

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Letters Home 1936-1977 by Philip Larkin, edited by James Booth – review
The poet’s sweetly sad dispatches, mostly addressed to his mother, reek of social history, while revealing a witty, wise and grossly impractical man

Rachel Cooke

04, Nov, 2018 @7:00 AM

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Gil Elliot obituary
Other lives: Scottish writer and intellectual admired for his major work The Twentieth Century Book of the Dead

Joe Elliot

31, Oct, 2018 @12:04 PM

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From Catullus to Dylan Thomas: the top 10 elegies
They date back to ancient times and remain a strong current in modern poetry. Here are some of the best

Ruth Padel

18, Jul, 2018 @9:00 AM

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Monty Python star Graham Chapman’s show-stopping feat | Letters
Letters: Directing Graham Chapman in The Dog Beneath the Skin left a lasting impression on Duncan Noel-Paton

Letters

22, Mar, 2018 @6:16 PM

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