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.
Respected poet returns £1,000 prize money after being named winner of Stephen Spender Prize for Poetry in Translation
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”.
Victorians saw his lyrical talent and forgot the atheism and revolutionary tendencies
Publisher stands by 'scholarly and masterly' work despite the late Poet Laureate's estate finding '18 factual errors or unsupported assertions in just 16 pages'
The poet tells the class he will 'fight until the death, until I’m the lone victim who remains'
‘His poetry lies open to the reader, like a meadow,’ his friend John Ashbery once wrote
The poet made the comments in a documentary about her father's life
The international puzzle that requires knowledge of steganography, Aleister Crowley and the darknet is back again, and the internet is just as confused
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.
Nathan Filer's novel explores a man's descent into mental illness
Jonathan He has captured the hearts of the nation with his poem about his favourite food
The Nativity is sensuously captured by the Poet Laureate
An architect has brought us perilously close to a world where morgues tower upwards
Tributes were paid today to victims of the Glasgow police helicopter crash, including the “very pleasant” and “highly professional” pilot, “a smashing lad” who helped his daughter to become a Scottish international footballer, and “a beautiful friend”.