Among the flasks and vases –
Song to Ming dynasties –
the stillest of still things:
five “plain domestic bowls
from circa 1300”.
A poem by Michael Symmons Roberts.
W H Auden, who died 40 years ago this month, is one of the most humane, loving, direct and affecting poets of all time, writes Alexander McCall Smith.
Modest, confident and at ease with themselves - the deaths of Welsh rugby icon Cliff Morgan and the Irish poet Seamus Heaney have been a double blow, writes Jonathan Smith.
Leo Robson reviews two new novels about the not-so-golden ages of Hollywood history.