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10 of the Best Beatnik Poems Everyone Should Read

By Dr Oliver Tearle (Loughborough University) The Beat Poets were an important movement in American poetry in the 1950s and 1960s. Favouring free verse and spontaneous writing in many cases, poets of the Beat Generation sought a more direct and authentic poetic voice. Many of the Beats felt a great […]


12 of the Best Synonyms for ‘Additionally’

By Dr Oliver Tearle (Loughborough University) ‘Additionally’ is a useful word: so useful that a writer can find themselves in danger of overusing it in certain contexts. What viable alternative words are there which can serve as good synonyms for the word additionally? Let’s take a look at the best […]


The Curious Meaning of ‘22’ by Taylor Swift

By Dr Oliver Tearle (Loughborough University) ‘22’ is a classic example of a pop song whose meaning appears straightforward but is, in fact, slightly more complex and ambiguous once we probe under the surface. Taken from her fourth album Red (2012), ‘22’ is in some ways a quintessential Taylor Swift […]