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A Poetic Response to Photographs of the Somme Battlefield

This engaging and timely revisiting of the Great War during what is for countless families the centenary of many a great uncle’s death, such as my own in September last, is not the first time this truly visionary poet has illuminated further our understanding of the horrors of war, in which 20,000 from the British Army were slaughtered in the first day of the Battle of the Somme. 466 more words


Home thoughts about Winchester Poetry Festival

Leafing through the jottings in my Winchester Poetry Festival notebook, I see that I wrote down some of the comments Sinéad Morrissey made, before she read amazing poems, all new work, from her next collection (out in 2017).   775 more words


A Short Analysis of Simon Armitage's 'A Vision'

A critical reading of a contemporary poem

Simon Armitage, who was born in Yorkshire in 1963, is one of the most popular and widely studied living English poets. 804 more words


IPSI Festival Canberra – Poetry and Place – Simon Armitage

The International Poetry Studies Institute (IPSI) is part of the Centre for Creative and Cultural Research in the Arts and Design Faculty of Canberra University. 460 more words

Poetry Analysis

Walking Away: Further Travels with a Troubadour on the South West Coast Path by Simon Armitage Review

In 2010 poet and national treasure Simon Armitage set himself a challenge: to walk the Pennine Way, from Kirk Yetholm to Edale in Derbyshire armed only with a sock and a headful of poetry. 1,005 more words

Book Review

'Still': Simon Armitage's poetic response to photographs of the Somme battlefield

Hide in this battered crumbling line
Hide in these rude promiscuous graves,
Till one shall make our story shine
In the fierce light it craves. 1,644 more words


Those Bastards In Their Mansions by Simon Armitage

Photo source: Udo Schroter on Flickr

Those Bastards In Their Mansions by Simon Armitage

Those bastards in their mansions:

to hear them shriek, you’d think… 316 more words