Hannah Crawforth & Elizabeth Scott-Baumann, On Shakespeare’s Sonnets

Shakespeare died on 23 April 1616. Except that he didn’t. He’s been alive and well for four centuries. He’s ever-present in our vocabulary, idioms, images and culture. “My verse shall stand” he asserts in Sonnet 60, and, in Sonnet 55, that “Not marble nor the gilded monuments/ Of princes shall outlive this powerful rhyme”. His confidence in the strength of his own verbal immortality, expressed in so many of the sonnets, has proved more than justified.

Poetry Books of the Year by Suzi Feay

Elaine Feinstein celebrates the writers and translators she has known in her latest collection Portraits (Carcanet £9.99). The bulk of the poems are elegies: “April Fool’s Day” for the First World War poet Isaac Rosenberg, referencing the “cosmopolitan rat” of his best-known poem, “Break of Day in the Trenches”.

Annabel Freyberg: Gifted writer and editor whose wit, taste, and brio

Annabel Freyberg was, for 30 years, one of the most vivid and memorable figures in London journalism. An easy prose stylist and a sympathetic, sharp-eyed editor, she held senior editorial positions at The Independent (where she was deputy editor of the obituaries pages from 1995-99), the London Evening Standard, The World of Interiors, and the Daily Telegraph Magazine. She wrote with brio – and with a fresh, scholarly, and unexpected take – on fine and decorative arts, artists, interiors, houses and food. She published Ceramics for the Home (1999) and in recent years produced a handsome, quirky Teapot & Tea Calendar. That she should have delighted in teapots – the most practical, elegant but complicated product of the potter's art – was all of a piece with Freyberg, a trained artist and unfettered collector of objets d'art who understood the discipline and touch of a craftsman.

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