Poetry

‘That little venal borough’: a poet’s jaundiced view of Aldeburgh

25 June 2022 9:00 am

‘To talk about Crabbe is to talk about England,’ E.M. Forster declared in a radio broadcast in May 1941, but…

Letters: Who’s responsible for Putin’s rise if not Russians?

4 June 2022 9:00 am

Russian misrule Sir: Your editorial (‘Sanction Schroder’, 21 May) laments that western sanctions may be harming ordinary Russians, given that…

Is T.S. Eliot’s great aura fading?

4 June 2022 9:00 am

Cracks are beginning to appear in T.S. Eliot’s once unassailable reputation, says Philip Hensher

Quietly devastating: Benediction reviewed

21 May 2022 9:00 am

Terence Davies’s Benediction is a biopic of the first world war poet Siegfried Sassoon told with great feeling and tenderness.…

The nightmare of making films about poets

21 May 2022 9:00 am

Craig Raine on the challenges of translating poets’ lives and work to the screen

A pure original: the inventive genius of John Donne

16 April 2022 9:00 am

John Donne sounds like nobody else, and his poems invite us to feel that we might know him, says Daniel Swift

Bono's 'poem' was an insult to the craft of verse

21 March 2022 6:00 pm

‘Poet’, said Robert Frost, ‘is a praise-word’. So it is. That explains in part the unabashed delight with which Colm…

This be the curse: Philip Larkin’s big problem

12 March 2022 9:00 am

Philip Larkin’s big problem

The making of a poet: Mother’s Boy, by Patrick Gale, reviewed

5 March 2022 9:00 am

Charles Causley was a poet’s poet. Both Ted Hughes and Philip Larkin considered him the finest candidate for the laureateship,…

The delicate business of writing poetry

26 February 2022 9:00 am

Living, as Clive James put it, under a life sentence, and having refused chemotherapy, I find I respond to the…

The National has become the graveyard of talent: Manor, at the Lyttelton, reviewed

4 December 2021 9:00 am

Somewhere in the wilds of England a stately home is collapsing. Rising floodwaters threaten the foundations. Storms break over the…

How we rediscovered the charms of haiku

6 November 2021 9:00 am

They got me through the past year

Homage to the greatest 18th-century poet you’ve never heard of

6 November 2021 9:00 am

If you were to glance only briefly at the title of the Irish poet Doireann Ní Ghríofa’s prose debut you…

Spain vs Italy: who would win the wine Test?

11 September 2021 9:00 am

In London, the weather is a gentle sashaying mockery. An Indian summer reminds us of the sullen apology of summer…

Contains moments of spellbinding banality: Radio 4's The Poet Laureate has Gone to his Shed reviewed

21 August 2021 9:00 am

The interview podcast is a genre immoderately drawn to gimmicks, as the logical space of possible formats is gradually exhausted.…

Why shouldn’t we worship the NHS?

14 August 2021 9:00 am

For obvious reasons, stocks in ex-editors of The Spectator are experiencing an all-time low. But my own complaint is with…

A smart take on literary London: Dead Souls, by Sam Riviere, reviewed

12 June 2021 9:00 am

Sam Riviere has established himself as a seriously good poet who doesn’t take himself too seriously: his first collection, 81…

Orcadian cadences: celebrating the reclusive poet George Mackay Brown

5 June 2021 9:00 am

Maggie Fergusson on the reclusive poet George Mackay Brown

What does your wedding reading say about you?

5 June 2021 9:00 am

The pitfalls of choosing a wedding reading

Virgil understood the great power of nature

15 May 2021 9:00 am

‘Georgics’ are an ancient form of poetry about agriculture and the land. The term derives from Greek gê ‘land’ +…

Sun, sex and acid: Thom Gunn in California

1 May 2021 9:00 am

San Francisco is a fantastic place… it’s terribly sunny… I am having a splendid hedonistic time here… I find myself…

My clairvoyant GP

1 May 2021 9:00 am

‘Willie or bum?’ I said to Catriona on the motorway. Everything in my recent medical career has been introduced via…

Two of a kind: Monica Jones proved Philip Larkin’s equal for racism and misogyny

24 April 2021 9:00 am

Monica Jones certainly proved Philip Larkin’s equal for racism and misogyny, says Andrew Motion

My favourite failed podcasts

27 March 2021 9:00 am

The promise of the internet was supposed to be thus: you could be your own bizarre, inappropriate self, and you…

Rescuing Elizabeth Barrett Browning from her wax-doll image

30 January 2021 9:00 am

Elizabeth Barrett Browning was an ambitious, passionate, determined woman – not the sad-eyed invalid of legend, says Robert Douglas-Fairhurst