10 of the Best Narrative Poems in English Literature

When we think of poems, these days most people probably automatically think of lyric poems: usually quite short poems which describe the poet’s (or an imagined speaker’s) thoughts and feelings. But from the epic poems of Homer to the Border Ballads of the Middle Ages to notable contemporary examples, poetry […] The post 10 of the Best Narrative Poems in English Literature appeared first on Interesting Literature. Continue reading at 'Interesting Literature'

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10 of the Best Ballads in English Literature

Traditionally, a ballad was a song that was designed to be danced to, as the etymology of the word, Provençal balada meaning ‘dance, song to dance to’, ultimately from late Latin ballare. The great British ballads – and we say ‘British’ because many of them were Scottish rather than English... Continue reading at Interesting Literature

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10 of the Most Accessible Poets in English Literature

How many times have you heard someone say, ‘I don’t read poetry. I just don’t get it.’ Or perhaps, ‘Why can’t poets just come out and say what they want to say? Why say something in such a way?’ For many people, poetry is ‘difficult’. But whilst it’s true that […] The post 10 of the Most... Continue reading at Interesting Literature

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10 Arabic titles that should be translated into English

With Sharjah as London Book Fair’s guest of honour in 2022, the time is nigh – nay, now – for publishers to acquire Arabic titles for translation. But where to start? Unlike other languages such as Korean or Swedish, which have robust agenting infrastructure, very few Arab authors have agents to... Continue reading at British Council global

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Early Medieval English literature was a sordid swamp of wanton plagiarism!

It turns out 12th-century British scholars (monks, really, we’re mainly talking monks, here) had absolutely no problem borrowing “long passages” from whatever manuscripts they could get their hands on, and would freely plagiarize the writings of continental scholars. Of course, plagiarism then... Continue reading at Literrary Hub

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Trying to Teach English Literature in the Wake of Mao’s Cultural Revolution

My assignment was to offer a survey course on the history of English literature in northeast China. I was paired with a young American teacher sponsored by the United Nations who was to teach phonetics and oral expression. We taught six days a week, and every Wednesday afternoon our students... Continue reading at Literrary Hub

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10 of the Funniest Comic Writers in English

Selected by Dr Oliver Tearle English literature has a rich tradition of comic writing. From Chaucer’s ‘Miller’s Tale’ to Shakespeare’s Falstaff to the early comic novels of Smollett, Sterne, Fielding, and Swift, there are plenty of laughs to be had from the pages of the literary greats. But what... Continue reading at Interesting Literature

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10 of the Best Poems of Remembrance

Here are some of the finest poems of remembrance, or about remembrance, which can all be found in the wonderful anthology of remembrance poems, The Nation’s Favourite Poems of Remembrance. Remembrance – whether it’s recalling or remembering a past loved one, or commemorating someone who has... Continue reading at Interesting Literature

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10 of the Best Sestinas in English

The sestina form is thought to have been created by Provencal troubadours – and possibly by one specific troubadour, Arnaut Daniel – in around 1200. However, it didn’t arrive in English literature until the late 1570s, when both Sir Philip Sidney and Edmund Spenser, poets at the court of Queen... Continue reading at Interesting Literature

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Former English teacher wins £10,000 Trapeze publishing contract

A former English teacher has won a £10,000 publishing contract with Trapeze as first prize in the ‘Write your own Love Story’ competition the publisher ran with dating website eharmony to celebrate the latter’s 10th anniversary. Continue reading at The Bookseller

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France’s Literature in Translation: The 10 Shortlisted Titles From the French-American Foundation

Even as the National Book Foundation begins taking submissions for its first translation award this year, the French-American foundation has announced shortlists in its 31st annual translation prizes. The post France’s Literature in Translation: The 10 Shortlisted Titles From the French-American... Continue reading at Publishing Perspectives

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Shenzhen’s Top 10 Children’s Books in China: Literature, Education, Picture Books

The Shenzhen Reading Forum has issued their list of 10 most popular children's books in China for 2017, as the children's book sector in China continues to grow. The post Shenzhen’s Top 10 Children’s Books in China: Literature, Education, Picture Books appeared first on Publishing Perspectives. Continue reading at Publishing Perspectives

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The 10 Best John Ashbery Poems

Picked by Karin Roffman, author of 'The Songs We Know Best: John Ashbery's Early Life.' Continue reading at Publishers Weekly

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English PEN launches Modern Literature Festival

English PEN has launched its first ever English PEN Modern Literature Festival which will see UK-based writers present new works in tribute to writers at risk around the world. Continue reading at The Bookseller

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Fiction v nonfiction – English literature's made-up divide

Some cultures do not distinguish between fiction and nonfiction – and instead talk of ‘stories’. Is that a barrier to English-language writers and publishers? Or should they just learn to enjoy telling tales?There’s a mighty canyon that runs down the middle of the world of the word, carving... Continue reading at The Guardian

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Is English literature since 1918 really such a man’s world?

A new book celebrating the best writing of the past century follows a well-worn script when it comes to equalityI’ve been dipping in and out of DJ Taylor’s fat new book, The Prose Factory, a pleasingly gossipy history of literary life in England since 1918, and so far as it goes, it’s very... Continue reading at The Guardian

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Who’s the Greatest Unreliable Narrator in Literature?

Jeremy M. Davies and Colin Winnette debate and settle it once and for all (maybe). Continue reading at Publishers Weekly

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Giving Brazilian Literature Its Due in English and at Frankfurt

Chad W. Post offers an overview of some classic Brazilian texts (available in English) and some of what’s planned for the Frankfurt Book Fair, where Brazil is guest of honor. Continue reading at Publishing Perspectives

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World Literature Today Announces Finalists for 2022 Neustadt International Prize for Literature

News and Events Left column (top to bottom): Boris Boubacar Diop, Ludmilla Petrushevskaya; Middle left column: Michális Ganás, Cristina Rivera Garza, Jean-Pierre Balpe;  Middle right column: Natalie Diaz, Naomi Shihab Nye, Micheline Aharonian... Continue reading at World Literature Today

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Sheikh Zayed Book Award Shortlists: Literature, Children’s Literature, and Young Author

The three shortlists announced today comprise nine titles selected from a total 39 longlisted works. Winners are to be named in May. The post Sheikh Zayed Book Award Shortlists: Literature, Children’s Literature, and Young Author appeared first on Publishing Perspectives. Continue reading at Publishing Perspectives

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