The Voice of the Nation
On the 10th of May, Simon Armitage was announced as the new British Poet Laureate, succeeding Carol Ann Duffy. It was little surprise to most, given Armitage’s huge influence over the world of poetry during the last two decades. Noted not only for his poetry but for translation, novels, TV film writing and docu-dramas, Simon Armitage has carved himself into the history of culture while co-existing with the present. Because of this, Armitage’s ‘The Unthinkable’ has been chosen as the World of Book Poem of the Month.
A voice which trickles through the ears like rain down the Yorkshire Dales, Armitage uses a tone and contemporary language that’s both recognisable and comforting. With great dexterity, he explores subjects which are raw and poignant alongside the mundane and every-day. Satirical streaks and peculiar observations colour his writing, creating the magic we feel while reading an Armitage poem.
Indulge yourself in more of Armitage’s writings, check out some of our past poet laureates, or simply browse our impressive range of second-hand poetry books.
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