Tag Archives: National Poetry Day
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Stratford’s First Black Cleopatra

To mark National Poetry Day, I’m pleased to post ‘Stratford’s First Black Cleopatra’, a poem by Native American poet, Jessica Mehta. Jessica was the Poet in Residence with the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust as part of the Stratford-upon-Avon Poetry Festival in June. Her residency was a collaboration with the Hosking Houses Trust. Her poem was inspired […]

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Wendy Cope Reads Her Poems

Thursday 3 October is National Poetry Day. The theme this year is ‘Water’. During the summer, The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust had the great pleasure of welcoming the excellent Wendy Cope O.B.E. to be our Writer in Residence. She was invited to write three poems: one on Shakespeare, one on Literary Festivals (we held our 60th […]

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Our National Poet on National Poetry Day

So today is National Poetry Day. I’m not sure what that signifies: presumably that we should remind ourselves of what poetry means, or has meant, to us. Is it true that for many, perhaps most people, poetry is something that belongs to their youth, their early, romantic days? Love poems by Keats, Shelley, Wordsworth, Byron, […]

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