'Hands that can rest, now, relieved of a century's weight': poet laureate’s tribute to Queen Elizabeth

Poet Laureate Simon Armitage has written a poem to mark the death of Queen Elizabeth II.  Floral Tribute is written through the metaphor of the lily of the valley, one of the late Queen's favourite flowers, which she had in her coronation bouquet. He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme he tried to be "personal and write a poem of condolence but without being intrusive". The two verses describe the ...

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Carol Ann Duffy's poem published on day of funeral

Simon Armitage’s predecessor as poet laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, has written her own tribute to the Queen. The former poet laureate has previously written a poem to mark the Queen's diamond jubilee, and said that her most important connection with Buckingham Palace was through the Queen's gold medal ...

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Poet's tribute on Write Out Loud is read out in Parliament

A poem posted on Write Out Loud after the death of Queen Elizabeth II has been read out in the House of Commons by the poet’s MP. ‘Our Lily’ by Stephen Atkinson was read out in its entirely by Sedgefi...

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Poetry Society publishes poem by Roger McGough

The Poetry Society reacted swiftly to news of the Queen’s death. It says on its website: “As the sad news was announced yesterday of the death of Her Majesty the Queen on 8 September 2022, we thought ...

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