Eight facts about past poet laureates

May 3, 2019

Poet Laureate - image of inkwell"The poet laureate has held an elevated position in British culture over the past 350 years. From the position’s origins as a personal appointment made by the monarch to today’s governmental selection committee, much has changed about the role, but one thing hasn’t changed: the poet laureate has always produced poetry for events of national importance, particularly in relation to royalty. Recent poet laureates have produced poetry commemorating the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation, the oldest surviving World War I veteran, and various royal weddings over the years.

This May, a new poet laureate is due to be announced in the UK. In celebration of this occasion, enjoy these eight facts about past poet laureates from 1668 to the present day."

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