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Who turned down the laureate before Ted Hughes accepted

Philip Larkin

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Sylvia Plath (American poet - committed suicide)

the wife of Ted Hughes

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Andrew Motion

1999-2009

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Alfred Austin (1896-1913)

therewas an interegnum between 92 and 96

 

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Ted Hughes

1984-1999

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John Masefield (1930-1968)

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Who turned down the laureate before Alfred Austin took it on?

What was Alfred Austin's derided nickname

 

William Morris

Banjo Byron

alas he wasn't particularly respected

He was a buddy of the PM Salisbury! and liked to write poetry in favour of the government

 

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Who founded the Poetry archive and what is it

Andrew Motion

An online resource of poems and audio recordings of poets reading their own work.

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Alfred Tennyson (1850-92)

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Henry James Pye (1790-1813)

 

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What name is given to inferior poets

Which two laureates are considered the worst

Poetaster

Specifically, poetaster has implications of unwarranted pretentions to artistic value.

Henry James Pye and Alfred Austin

 

 

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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

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Aside from being the first female laureatte what are Carol Ann Duffy's other firsts

First Scot

First openly gay

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Philip Larkin

refused the offer of laureate in 1984 after John Betjeman died

had a reputation for dour pessimism

 

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William Wordsworth (1843-1850)

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John Betjeman

1972-1984

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Carol Ann Duffy (from 2009)

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Cecil Day-Lewis (1968-1972)

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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

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Robert Southey (1813-1843)

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Robert Bridges

1913-1930

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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

 

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Random one:

What is the only anagram of the word Monday

Dynamo

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What poem did John Masefield write that begins "I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky"

Sea fever

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Who said 'Come, friendly bombs, and fall on Slough'

Sir John Betjeman

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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

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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.