The success of hip-hop has radically reshaped many American art forms. This is particularly true of poetry.


With its rules, terms, famous practitioners and variety, poetry can seem daunting. But you don't have to know your accentual verse from your zeugma to make words flow on the page.


Makar Liz Lochhead says analytical approach is spoiling how children learn to love poetry.


Pascale Petit says that poetry captures the wonder and the ineffable in our lives.


Charlotte Runcie: What are public poets for? A bit of sound and fury, that's what.

The merits of their literary output is beside the point. Desperate times call for literary heroes.


Robert Peak, an American poet in England, says conceptual poetry is not about people; it is about ideas.


The poet, novelist and playwright on family, Britain’s child soldiers and hating novels set in Hampstead (and then writing one)


Helena Nelson explains why she fell in love with a poem at first sight and gives some insight into what makes a poem grab the attention.


In a culture that has consigned poetry to the margins, Simon Armitage has become something very rare: a genuinely popular British poet.


Chrissie Gittins says it’s time to get confident about children’s poetry, children love it – so publishers,

bookshops and libraries should stop hiding it and start celebrating


Centre for Literacy in Primary Education Poetry Award 2015 shortlist


Jonathan Edwards takes the reader through his process for writing a particular poem

‘Some people use poetry to express heartache, but I use it to broadcast a message’

The main obstacle to understanding poetry, whether you are talking about Keats or Shelley or Whitman

or even Leonard Cohen, is our ingrained tendency to be very literal in communication.