Who turned down the laureate before Ted Hughes accepted
Sylvia Plath (American poet - committed suicide)
the wife of Ted Hughes
Alfred Austin (1896-1913)
therewas an interegnum between 92 and 96
John Masefield (1930-1968)
Who turned down the laureate before Alfred Austin took it on?
What was Alfred Austin's derided nickname
alas he wasn't particularly respected
He was a buddy of the PM Salisbury! and liked to write poetry in favour of the government
Who founded the Poetry archive and what is it
An online resource of poems and audio recordings of poets reading their own work.
Alfred Tennyson (1850-92)
Henry James Pye (1790-1813)
What name is given to inferior poets
Which two laureates are considered the worst
Specifically, poetaster has implications of unwarranted pretentions to artistic value.
Henry James Pye and Alfred Austin
who and where
John Betjeman statue (he loved Victorian architecture) at St Pancras station
He is considered instrumental in helping to save St Pancras railway station
Aside from being the first female laureatte what are Carol Ann Duffy's other firsts
First openly gay
refused the offer of laureate in 1984 after John Betjeman died
had a reputation for dour pessimism
William Wordsworth (1843-1850)
Carol Ann Duffy (from 2009)
Cecil Day-Lewis (1968-1972)
Who was the first laureate to recieve a money salary
What were they paid with before
Henry James Pye
before being paid they were given Canary wine
Robert Southey (1813-1843)
Who had ruled himself out as replacing Ted Hughes, and who then took the role
What was the replacements odd stipulation
Sheamus Heaned ruled himself out
Andrew Motion replaced him
Motion stipulated that he would only do it for ten years
What is the only anagram of the word Monday
What poem did John Masefield write that begins "I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky"
Who said 'Come, friendly bombs, and fall on Slough'
Sir John Betjeman
Who was given the first official office of Poet Laureate (and when)
but who was the first officially conferred poet laureate (and when)
Ben Jonson in 1617
John Dryden in 1668
Who is the only laureate to have been dismissed and why?
John Dryden in 1688 because he wouldn't swear the oath of allegiance to the new king.