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Encyclopedia > Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry

The Gold Medal for Poetry, originally instituted by King George V, is awarded in some years on 23 April, for a book of verse written by a United Kingdom or British Commonwealth citizen; before 1985 it was awarded only to British writers (this rule clearly not having hardened by 1940). The award committee is chaired by the British Poet Laureate. King George V King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Emperor of India His Majesty King George V (George Frederick Ernest Albert) (3 June 1865–20 January 1936) was the last British monarch of the House of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, changing the name to the House... April 23 is the 113th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (114th in leap years). ... Flag of the Commonwealth of Nations The Commonwealth of Nations is a voluntary association of independent sovereign states, most of which were once governed by the United Kingdom and are its former colonies. ... A Poet Laureate is a poet officially appointed by a government and often expected to compose poems for state occasions and other government events. ...


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Peter Buell Porter (August 14, 1773 - March 20, 1844) was a U.S. political figure and soldier. ... Edwin Morgan (born April 27, 1920) is a Scottish poet and translator who is associated with the British Poetry Revival. ... Leslie Allan Murray (b. ... Kathleen Jessie Raine (June 14, 1908 – July 6, 2003) was a British poet, critic and independent scholar writing in particular on William Blake and W. B. Yeats. ... Judith Wright (1915 - 2000) is regarded as one of the best Australian poets of the 20th century. ... Somhairle MacGill-Eain better known in English as Sorley MacLean (October 26, 1911 - November 24, 1996) was one of the most significant Scots Gaelic poets of the 20th century. ... Derek Walcott, courtesy of the Nobel Foundation Derek Alton Walcott (born January 23, 1930) is a poet, writer and artist who was in the vanguard of the post-colonial school of English language writing. ... The cover of MacCaigs Selected Poems Norman MacCaig (14 November 1910 – 23 January 1996) was a Scottish poet. ... Dennis Joseph Enright (March 11, 1920 – December 31, 2002) was a British academic, poet, novelist and critic, and general man of letters. ... Norman Nicholson (1914 – 1987) was an English poet, known for his association with the Cumbrian town of Millom. ... Edward James Hughes, referred to normally as Ted Hughes (August 17, 1930 – October 28, 1998) was an English poet and childrens writer. ... John Francis Alexander Heath-Stubbs (born 9 July 1918) is a British poet and translator, known for his verse influenced by classical myths, and the long Arthurian poem Artorius (1972). ... Sir Stephen Harold Spender (February 28, 1909 - July 16, 1995) was an English poet and essayist who concentrated on themes of social injustice and the class struggle in his work. ... Roy Broadbent Fuller (11 February 1912 – 27 September 1991) was an English writer, known mostly as a poet. ... Stevie Smith was a British poet and radio personality (September 20, 1902 - March 7, 1971) Born Florence Margaret Smith in Kingston upon Hull, when three years old she moved with her mother and sister to Palmers Green, London. ... Portrait of Robert Graves (circa 1974) by Rab Shiell Robert von Ranke Graves (July 24, 1895–December 7, 1985) was an English scholar, best remembered for his work as a poet and novelist. ... Charles Causley (August 24, 1917 - November 4, 2003) Cornish poet and writer. ... Philip Larkin (August 9, 1922 – December 2, 1985) was an English poet, novelist and jazz critic. ... R. S. Thomas (29 March 1913 – 25 September 2000), first names Ronald Stuart, was a Welsh poet and Anglican Clergyman, noted for his nationalism and spirituality. ... William Charles Franklyn Plomer (he pronounced the surname as ploomer) (1903 - 1973) was a South African author, known as a novelist, poet and literary editor. ... Christopher Fry (born December 12, 1907; died June 30, 2005) was an English playwright. ... Sir John Betjeman (28 August 1906 – 19 May 1984) was a British poet and writer on architecture. ... Francis Macdonald Cornford (1874-1943) was an English classical scholar and poet. ... Siegfried Sassoon, 1916 Siegfried Loraine Sassoon (September 8, 1886 – September 1, 1967) was an English poet and author. ... Edmund Charles Blunden (November 1, 1896 - January 20, 1974) , although not one of the top trio of English World War I writers, was an important and influential poet, author and critic. ... Ruth Pitter (1897 - February 29, 1992) was a British poet. ... Ralph Hodgson (September 9, 1871 - November 3, 1962) was an English poet, very popular in his lifetime on the strength of a small number of anthology pieces, such as The Bull. ... Arthur David Waley (August 19, 1889 – June 27, 1966) was a noted English Orientalist and Sinologist. ... This page is not about the poet Andrew Young (1823 - 1901) Andrew John Young (29 April 1885 - 1971) was a Scottish poet and writer on botanical subjects, and a Presbyterian minister who later became an Anglican clergyman. ... Christopher Isherwood and W.H. Auden, photographed by Carl Van Vechten, 1939 Wystan Hugh Auden (February 21, 1907 – September 29, 1973) was an English poet, widely regarded as among the most influential and important writers of the 20th century. ...

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