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Lost for Words? Can you help?

Here at the SPL, we often field enquiries from users curious about verse they don’t know the origins of. This time, our poetry 'detective' needs your help.

In the Wake of the Titanic

Outside of war, has there ever been a public event that has inspired as many poems as the sinking of the Titanic on 15 April 1912? While the ship itself proved mortal, as a subject it is invincible.

Flowery language

The incident that inspired 'I wandered lonely as a Cloud' (also known as 'Daffodils') took place 210 years ago this weekend. The poem confirmed the flowering of Wordsworth's talent. How did he come to write it? And what was the reaction of his contemporaries?

Cracking open Easter

What's Easter for? The Church? Chocolate? Family? And can poetry help us decide?

And the winners are....

Inspired? Get writing! 2012 has now been judged and our winners’ work selected from over 1200 entries submitted from all parts of Scotland and beyond. So, who won?

Nothing But the Poem: Rudyard Kipling

This month, the Nothing but the Poem sessions focussed on the poetry of Rudyard Kipling. What did the group make of it? Stodgy remnant of Britain's imperial past or exceedingly fine verse?

"Soft music at the end of the day, big music in the memory"

The Scottish Poetry Library pays tribute to Derick Thomson, last of a brilliant generation of Gaelic poets.

Wuthering Heights

As the latest film version of Wuthering Heights is released on DVD, we look at what two poets made of Emily Bronte's classic: Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes.

Spring Forward!

This weekend the clocks go forward, while the air is full of the scent of flowers and the coming of spring. The Scottish Poetry Library is not immune to the shifting seasons. Find out how spring has been affecting us this week.

StAnza 2012 - Food for Thought

Good weather, good food and even better poetry - read why this year's StAnza was a triumph.

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