Armando Iannucci and his covid poem

The epidemic may have been one of history’s greatest widely shared experiences. For some, the pandemic was an uncomfortable combination of positive and negative feelings for many people. Armando Iannucci’s reaction to the epidemic was not a film or television show. His experience of the pandemic unexpectedly manifested itself as a poem. He has labelled […]

Poems and gambling

Many people have read Dostoevsky’s poem The Gambler. It’s clear that there has always been a link between gambling and poetry. In fact gambling has been a source of inspiration for a number of novels and poems. There are many examples when gambling is used as a metaphor for life. Other times a writer will […]

Walks inspired by poetry

The following poetry walks include ready-to-go walks, which are best enjoyed with headphones and, where feasible, an audio link to the poems. All of these options are available on Spotify and some are recited by the poets themselves. Other resources are available on the internet as well. William Blake, London and Felpham, Sussex Blake’s genius […]

The best poem ever written

This probably won’t come as a surprise but a poem by Shakespeare has been voted the greatest of all time. His poem Sonnet 18 came in first place in a UK-wide poll of the nation’s favourite poetry. Despite the fact that it was penned 400 years ago, the 14-line musing on beauty, mortality, and the […]

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