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What is Simon Armitage's most famous poem?

Last Updated: 23rd January, 2020

10 of the Best Simon Armitage Poems Everyone Should Read
  • 'The Shout'.
  • 'Chainsaw versus the Pampas Grass'.
  • 'To His Lost Lover'.
  • 'About His Person'.
  • 'The Catch'.
  • 'Give'.
  • The author of this article, Dr Oliver Tearle, is a literary critic and lecturer in English at Loughborough University.

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Also know, what was Simon Armitage first poem?

In 2019 Armitage's first poem as Poet Laureate, "Conquistadors", commemorating the 1969 moon landing, was published in The Guardian.

One may also ask, what does Simon Armitage write about? Armitage has continued to bring poetry to fresh arenas. He was Poet-in-Residence at the Millennium Dome and often writes for film and television. In 2007 he wrote a sequence of war poems for the documentary The Not Dead, using the testimonies of ex-soldiers from recent conflicts.

Hereof, what is Simon Armitage most famous for?

Simon Armitage is the current national Poet Laureate (2019-2029). He is Professor of Poetry at the University of Leeds and was elected to serve as Professor of Poetry at the University of Oxford for 2015-2019. In 1999 Armitage was named the Millennium Poet.

What poems has Simon Armitage written?

Armitage is the author of numerous collections of poetry, including The Unaccompanied (2017); Paper Aeroplane: Selected Poems 1989–2014 (2014); Seeing Stars (2010); Tyrannosaurus Rex Versus the Corduroy Kid (2006); The Shout: Selected Poems (2005), which was short-listed for the National Book Critics Circle Award; Kid

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