Leader: Renewing our commitment to poetry

The New Statesman has published poetry since it was founded in April 1913. Many of the 20th century’s most notable English-language poets had their work published in the NS – Edward Thomas, W B Yeats and W H Auden, to name only three. In 2010, the NS made news across the world when we discovered and published “Last letter”, Ted Hughes’s previously unpublished poem about the suicide of his first wife, Sylvia Plath. Sometimes our commitment to poetry has wavered, though last year we began publishing poems weekly again. As Sophie Elmhirst writes in her introduction to our poetry special on page 45, “Poetry in Brit­ain today is rich, energetic and varied.” We are doing our bit to ensure that some of that richness finds its way into print.