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The website that aims to let users 'annotate the world's text' has launched its first iPhone app following a spat with Google

LETTER: Plagiarism or genius? TS Eliot in good company

BRIAN Cathcart's article "T S Eliot 'stole idea for The Waste Land'" (10 December) should have surprised no one.

FIRST ENCOUNTERS : When James Joyce met TS Eliot

Illustration by Edward Sorel Text by Nancy Caldwell Sorel Next week: Greta Garbo and John Barrymore

All you need to know about the books you meant to read; This week: THE DIVINE COMEDY by Dante Alighieri

Plot: One of the greatest creations of the medieval imagination, this epic poem in 100 cantos recounts the poet's vision of a journey throuph Hell, Purgatory and Heaven, concluding with a luminescent union with God.

Obituary: Tom Scott

Tom Scott was a man of passionate spirit and goodness, qualities that made him the most considerable poet writing in the Scots language since the death of Hugh MacDiarmid in 1978.

How would you teach a child what it means to be English?

Fran Abrams meets the education chief with a national identity plan

This twerp doesn't know more than I do

What preachers did Captain Scott O'Grady listen to during his survival training? Paul Handley, Editor of the Church Times, rejoices in the glories of bad sermons.

MY HARDBACK HEAVEN

JEANETTE WINTERSON has a room devoted entirely to first editions. For her, books are objects of magical power, a source of strength and a place of worship. In a new essay, she examines her obsession. Portrait by MARK HARRISON

Radio: Here is the news. There is no news

Politicians are so ungrateful: all this sniping at the BBC for the way it treats them when, after all, nobody else takes them half so seriously. Sure, interviews may involve a certain amount of rough and tumble and hurly-burly, even a spot of argy-bargy, but the basic attitude towards Parliament and its doings is almost reverential. News programmes work largely on the assumption that what MPs get up to is automatically newsworthy, sometimes, it seems, to the exclusion of anything else.

Hard line

THE Bosnian Serb warlord Radovan Karadzic likes to present himself as a man of high civilisation, who impresses journalists by quoting T S Eliot in English.

Marriage is hell

The Prince and Princess of Wales, OJ and Nicole Simpson, the Mellors, t he Cobhams, the Parker-Bowleses - to be wedded in the Nineties is not necessarily bliss. No r, as the historian FLORA FRASER discovered in the letters and journals of past spouses, has it eve r been

A case of poetic justice

Paul Muldoon won this year's T S Eliot Award. An Irish plot? An establi shment fix? No, says Michael Glover

Daily Poem:The Sonogram

For copyright reasons we are not able to provide the full text of the poem on this database. Following are the details of the publication in which it appears.

Daily Poem:My Grandparents in 1963

For copyright reasons we are not able to provide the full text of the poem on this database. Following are the details of the publication in which it appears. John Burnside is the eighth of ten shortlisted poets for the TS Eliot Prize for best new collection of poetry. He was born in Dunfermline in 1955 and currently lives and works in Surrey. This year's judges are Ciaran Carson, Candia McWilliam, John Fulle r and Robert Crawford, chaired by Elaine Feinstein. All ten poets will be featured in the Daily Poem until the announcement of the winner on 17 January. This poem is from his collection The Myth of the Twin (Jonathan Cape, £7).

Daily Poem: Sparrowgrass

Daily Poem: Sparrowgrass By Tom Paulin: Poem omitted for copyright reasons Tom Paulin is the sixth of 10 shortlisted poets for the TS Eliot Prize for best new collection of poetry. Born in Leeds in 1949, he is currently Professor of Poetry at Nottingham University and an influential critic. This year's judges are Ciaran Carson, Candia McWilliam, John Fuller and Robert Crawford, chaired by Elaine Feinstein. All 10 poets will be featured in the Daily Poem until the announcement of the winner on 17th January. This poem is from his collection Walking a Line (Faber, £5.99).
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