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Remembering poetry for National Poetry Day

Remembering poetry for National Poetry Day

The theme for this year’s National Poetry Day is ‘Remember’. The call to ‘remember’ immediately brings to mind the well-known war poets of both eras who wrote of the horror of the vast killing fields and the personal disaster of war and death.

Friday poem: Don Paterson on Michael Donaghy

This sonnet makes a fine wedding poem, and I wish it were more widely employed. The two meanings of 'present' are beautifully conflated in the final couplet: the gift of the lover's hand is also a tense in which one can live. The first line is a great place to slip one past the reader, who generally isn't paying full attention yet.

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