All items: Andrew Marvell

Nicholas Murray and our host Julia Copus discuss two favourite classic poems, ‘To His Coy Mistress’ by Andrew Marvell and ‘The Sun Rising’ by John Donne, in another instalment of our special ‘Poetry Break’ series.

Even though I have some sympathy for the dislocation you must have felt, I want to urge you to hurry. All those years spent trying your hand at something different, wasting time.

Ruth Thomas explains how the publishing industry went cool on her genre, and how a 60p discovery at a charity book fair helped her regain her mission and extend her range.

Mimi Thebo considers the myriad ways writers can fail, and describes how she came back from failure, and before that, from something even more serious.

You are mourning something in a quite different, less tangible category of experience. What you can't come to terms with is that the year 1955 has gone. Suddenly. Irretrievably. Inexplicably, and forever.
Stridency, polemicism, ineffectiveness — political poetry is often criticised. Nicholas Murray, defending it, traces the grand tradition of political poetry in the British Isles, and asks if poets who are not political risk being trivial.