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Historical Notes: Not a sexist but a feminist avant la lettre

IS IT true that poets die young? Jules Laforgue was one of those artists of huge promise such as Chatterton, Arrlaga, Keats and Wilfred Owen who were tragically cut down before reaching the age of 30. Had he foreseen his life, none of it would have surprised him, for his favourite philosophers were the gloomy Schopenhauer and von Hartmann, and he took the universe to be an irony practised against its own inhabitants.

Book review: Plenty of Hughes but no Beowulf

Lives of the Poets by Michael Schmidt Weidenfeld pounds 22

Wendy Cope heads field to be first female Poet Laureate

WILL THE Court of St James's get its first female Poet Laureate? The dizzy prospect came closer this week when Wendy Cope was nominated by BBC listeners as the poet they would most like to see in the job.

Literature: Poetic licence

A third of the way through Iain Sinclair's third novel, Radon Daughters, just reissued by Granta, there is an extended account of a poetry reading at the Museum of Modern Art in Oxford, happened upon by Todd Sileen, the one-legged, X-ray-addicted, failed novelist hero.

Books: One man and his clan

Osbert Sitwell by Philip Ziegler Chatto & Windus, pounds 25; Eccentric, dilettante - or a canny cultural entrepreneur who made his family into his fortune? Annabel Freyberg explores the tumultuous times of a tribal elder

Choice: Performance - The Waste Land

The Waste Land, Theatre Royal, Brighton (01273 328488) 10.30pm

Choice: Talk

A Celebration of Kenneth Patchen, Tate Gallery, SW1 (0171-887 8922) 6.30pm

Books: Tonstant Weader Fwowed Up

You scratch my back, I'll stab yours ...Valentine Cunningham finds blood on the books pages

Man versifying laddishly wins TS Eliot Prize

The poetry world's answer to Men Behaving Badly has walked off with the prize established to commemorate saintly TS Eliot.

Items and Icons / coffee pots etc

See how sculptures come into being (right), from maquettes and studies to finished pieces, at an exhibition of the new work of Sir Eduardo Paolozzi. At Jason & Rhodes, 4 New Burlington Place, London W1, 22 October to 22 November. Maggie Philo is an artist of the cut-out. In The Decoupage Collection (Aurum Press, pounds 18.95) (below), she shows how to transform old lampshades and brighten your breadbin

Poetry: Quite a performance

Poetry

Theatre / Revealed: the simple joys of maidenhood

The Maid's Tragedy / A Chaste Maid in Cheapside The Globe, London

Fallen heroes

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A timely reminder of the bloody anniversary we all forgot

Who remembers that this week we enter the 150th anniversary year of the end of the American Civil War, asks Robert Fisk
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Will revolutionary Cuba take 'bourgeois' golf to its heart?

Fidel Castro ridiculed the game – but now investment in leisure resort projects is welcome
The Locked Room Mysteries: As a new collection of the genre’s best is published, its editor Otto Penzler explains the rules of engagement

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Amy Adams on playing painter Margaret Keane in Tim Burton's Big Eyes

How I made myself Keane

Amy Adams hadn’t wanted to take the role of artist Margaret Keane, because she’d had enough of playing victims. But then she had a daughter, and saw the painter in a new light
Ed Richards: Parting view of Ofcom chief. . . we hate jokes on the disabled

Parting view of Ofcom chief... we hate jokes on the disabled

Bad language once got TV viewers irate, inciting calls to broadcasting switchboards. But now there is a worse offender, says retiring head of the media watchdog, Ed Richards
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The West needs more than a White Knight

Despite billions spent on weapons, the US has not been able to counter Isis's gruesome tactics, says Patrick Cockburn
Return to Helmand: Private Davey Graham recalls the day he was shot by the Taliban

'The day I was shot by the Taliban'

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