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Poetry Landmarks of Britain

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'Spriggan Fair' by Michael Haslam

 

(Poem)

details: The poem fuses a physical landscape with a huge sense of the visionery 'beyond' and the poet's magical verbal dexterity is in itself a symphony. James...
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Adlestrop

 

(Poem)

details: Adlestrop, by Edward Thomas: The station's not there now, just the platform sign (in a bus shelter!). But the poem remains one of the most beautiful...
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Adlestrop

 

(Poem)

details: The village bus shelter is the refuge of the 'Adlestrop' sign which belonged to the now vanished railway station. And of course, ever since Edward Tho...
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Amours De Grimsby, Sean O'Brien

 

(Poem)

details: It is a lovely poem, which is fond but never sentimental. It may not seem an instantly poetic place, but there is a steady certainty to it: It is n...
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Bells of St Peter Mancroft

 

(Poem)

details: The poem was written in 1961 by Francis Webb, an Australian poet. It is published in 'Aistralian Verse, An Oxford Anthology' published by OUP and edit...
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Dawlish

 

(Poem)

details: I have now returned to Dawlish to lIve and to continue to write fulltime after eight years away in the Canary Islands, Mexico, France, Chile and the U...
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Frome

 

(Poem)

details: I was in Frome in July to run a poetry workshop for the Frome Festival. Afterwards I meandered through the Saturday antique market and was inspired to...
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Greenock at Night I find you, W.S Graham

 

(Poem)

details: Graham's stirring evocation of Greenock where "the welding lights in the shipyards flower blue" is a truly beautiful remembrance of a place.
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Hallaig by Sorley MacLean

 

(Poem)

details: 'Hallaig' is one of the great poems of Sorley MacLean, telling both in its original Gaelic and in the translation into English. It describes the pas...
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holiday poem

 

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http://www.ploughmanpoemforscotland.co.uk

 

(Poem)

details: Chosen as a poem to mark the New Millennium and the last St.Andrews Day before the inauguration of the first Scottish Parliament over three hundred ye...
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Hull Royal Infirmary

 

(Poem)

details: This landmark is described in 'The Building' by Philip Larkin which not only captures the atmosphere of the hospital but of all Hull. I have come, thr...
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King's College Cambridge

 

(Poem)

details: Its an outstanding description of gothic architecture and stained glass windows in an English church. It can be found in "A Few Late Chrysanthemums" ...
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Luddendenfoot

 

(Poem)

details: Features in one of the poems that Simon Armitage does at the Poetry Live events
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Middlesex by John Betjeman

 

(Poem)

details: Middlesex is one of Englands forgotten counties, which was close to John Betjeman's heart. The county has dozens of poets and poems connected to it a...
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Resurrection

 

(Poem)

details: 'Isolated on the Derbyshire moors at Arbour Lowe, near Bakewell, over 40 recumbent pieces of limestone lie in a circular pattern within a (2000+BC) pr...
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Salt-marsh at Burnham Overy Staithe

 

(Poem)

details: Kevin Crossley-Holland is the poet par excellence of the bleak, but beautiful North Norfolk landscape with its flint buildings, saltmarsh, and immense...
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Suburb

 

(Poem)

details: This is a wonderfully surreal poem about the suburbs of North London by Stevie Smith, who lived almost all her life at 1 Avondale Road, Palmers Green....
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Tay Rail Bridge, Dundee.

 

(Poem)

details: There is a sandbank near the north side of the Tay estuary, just west of the bridge. The poem speaks for itself. The seals are best seen from the t...
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The City of Hull

 

(Poem)

details: Hull features in the Philip Larkin poem 'Here'. It describes a journey through the city, from the west to the Holderness Coast.
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The Contemplative Day, William Roscoe

 

(Poem)

details: The fragments of this poem which appears in Roscoe's Collected Poems of 1834, describe in heroic fashion the landscape of Woolton and Allerton which o...
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The Manor House, Hale, Near Liverpool

 

(Poem)

details: John Betjemin's poem, 'The Manor House, Hale, near Liverpool' describes the grandeur of the architecture in this region. The influence of Liverpool’s ...
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The Poet's Pub

 

(Poem)

details: Famous as a Poets' Pub, once a meeting place for the likes of Norman MacCaig, Hugh MacDiarmid & Sorley Maclean
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Time and Ladbroke Square, by Ruth Fainlight

 

(Poem)

details: This poem perfectly captures the sense of a particular place in London, Ladbroke Square, and the evolving of an urban "address" - not just during this...
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To Penshurst (Ben Jonson)

 

(Poem)

details: It may be Ben Jonson being blatantly sycophantic, but the supper he's singing for sounds delightful. It's a very celebratory poem.
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To the River Duddon

 

(Poem)

details: "Watching the wagtails, Wordsworth wrote: 'Remote from every taint of sordid industry'. But you and I know better, Duddon lass." Two great poets,...
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URDU POETRY COMPITITION

 

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Wenlock Edge, Shropshire. From AE Housmans compilation, a "Shropshire Lad"

 

(Poem)

details: Wenlock Edge and The Wrekin can be seen from the A5 heading west. This poem is emphasises the power of the Autumn wind and how it has disturbed both ...
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