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Monday 14 January 2013
Mary Whitehouse must be spinning in her grave. A quarter of a century after she led the uproar over Channel 4 broadcasting the notorious poem V, the work is to be reprised by BBC Radio 4.
IoS theatre review: The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Old Vic Tunnels, London
So Great a Crime, Finborough, London
Fiesco, New Diorama, London
Sunday 13 January 2013
Fiona Shaw leads her audience a surprisingly merry dance to Coleridge's bleak epic poem
Wednesday 09 January 2013
Fiona Shaw is rightly renowned for her dazzling ability to bring poetry to the stage. Her one-woman performance of The Waste Land was an extraordinary feat of psychic ventriloquism.
Saturday 05 January 2013
The Week in Books
Wednesday 19 December 2012
We need to renew the language of remembrance. Even before state-funded commemorations of the First World War begin in 2014, a year of solemn preludes looms. Factor in the political push for exit from the EU, and on the national stage the warmer, more inclusive climate of the Olympic season may yield to a backward-looking, introspective mood: a chilling cult of the dead and the past.
Sunday 16 December 2012
Proust out of reach? Try some dandies instead
Thursday 13 December 2012
Few can have done such extensive fieldwork into the matter of men than artist, writer and fashion-designer Molly Parkin.
Wednesday 05 December 2012
Sachin Tendulkar finds himself in unfamiliar territory. If he fails, he raises the decibel level of the cries for his retirement; if he scores runs, he gets the other side excited. It is a head versus heart debate that has been exercising cricket fans in India for a while now. His 76 at Eden Gardens will probably preserve the status quo since it has given both sides of the divide equal ammunition.
Tuesday 04 December 2012
Jorie Graham's Forward Prize-winning collection of poems marks a radical shift in style. Long the leading exponent of line-of-thought poetry, she habitually "scores" each phrase or idea on the page: much in the way that a musical score shows the sound of a piece. All poets do this; but Graham's use of long, often stepped lines within free verse has been distinctive. These produce an impression of movement, of thought caught in the very moment of going on; and also a generous musicality.
Wednesday 28 November 2012
Jack Gilbert, who died on 13 November, was a prize-winning poet known for his clear and subtle verse. His many honours included the Yale Younger Poets prize for his 1962 debut Views of Jeopardy, and a National Book Critics Circle award for Refusing Heaven. Born in Pittsburgh in 1925, he wrote often about his native city, as well as about his childhood, food, sex and personal pain. He also wrote the novels My Mother Taught Me and Forever Ecstasy.
Sunday 25 November 2012
The public image of Tulisa Contostavlos has taken a battering over the past year, her positive approval ratings diminished by factors both beyond her control (the leaked sex tape), and very much within it (the tacky tattoo she flashed to pimp her perfume on The X Factor).
Wednesday 21 November 2012
The shrike is a scarce winter visitor to Britain, so keep your eyes peeled
Saturday 17 November 2012
Sir James Dyson’s derision of the study of verse has drawn protests from academics and writers
Friday 16 November 2012
Sir James Dyson is the latest public figure to be sucked into the old arts vs sciences trap, when any fool knows a civilised society needs them both
Friday 16 November 2012
The beautiful poetry of Edward Thomas – ostensibly pastoral but often leading us to the mysterious, unsettling edges of consciousness – came in a late spurt of creativity.
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