The greatest poems by William Blake selected by Dr Oliver Tearle William Blake (1757-1827) is one of the key figures of English Romanticism, and a handful of his poems are universally known thanks to their memorable phrases and opening lines. In this post we’ve chosen what we consider to be […]
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A summary of a classic Yeats poem by Dr Oliver Tearle ‘Leda and the Swan’ (published in 1924) is one of W. B. Yeats’s most widely anthologised poems. The poem, which somewhat unusually for Yeats is a sonnet, is about the rape of the Greek girl Leda by the god […]
The best poems by Carol Ann Duffy selected by Dr Oliver Tearle Carol Ann Duffy (b. 1955) is the current UK Poet Laureate, but she has been a major voice in contemporary British poetry for over thirty years, since her first collection, Standing Female Nude, was published in 1985. And, […]