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The 40-line work, Our Modern Watchwords, is thought to have been written in 1899 or 1900 when he served abroad in the army, in his mid-20s. It has been described as "heavy-footed" by ex-poet laureate Andrew Motion. As a boy, the former British PM won
Even before state-funded commemorations of the First World War begin in 2014, a year of solemn preludes looms. Factor in the political push for exit from the EU, and on the national stage the warmer, more inclusive climate of the Olympic season may
Sometimes,' Philip Larkin wrote in a letter, I think I'm preparing for a huge splenetic autobiography, denigrating everyone I've ever known: it would have to be left to the nation in large brass-bound boxes, to be printed when all of us are dead.' In
Once you develop land, it is gone forever as countryside' As chairman of the Campaign to Protect Rural England, Sir Andrew Motion expected to be involved in a few disputes. But the thoughts of Nick Boles, the new minister for planning, fill him with
Andrew Motion says new minister has brought an 'abrasive and irksome' attitude to the job. Photograph: Karen Robinson for the Observer Andrew Motion , the chairman of the Campaign to Protect Rural England, has launched a scathing attack on the "
former poet laureate Andrew Motion photographed earlier this year. Photograph: Murdo Macleod "The Customs House" the title poem is a tease with its suggestion of dues to be paid on "merchandise" and the last-minute sighting of a man labouring with a
Andrew Motion, one of a group of academics, writers and broadcasters who have founded the Council for the Defence of British Universities. Photograph: Murdo Macleod The former poet laureate Andrew Motion has condemned the government's "mercantile"
Murdo Macleod Few people fit the series title of these interviews as comprehensively as Andrew Motion . His life in writing takes in poetry (from winning the Newdigate prize when a student at Oxford to becoming poet laureate) and five varied novels
Former poet laureate Andrew Motion, who suggests city dwellers should visit the country When it comes to protecting the countryside, the hands on approach can be best. Sir Andrew Motion, the new president of the Campaign to Protect Rural England,
Now Sir Andrew Motion bestrides the Howgill fells and valley of the Lune...Sir Andrew isn't the Laureat any more, but maybe he could send HM a verse about the national parks' proposal. Photograph: Reuters The former Poet Laureate Sir Andrew Motion