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Poetry pairings

John Donne: A Nocturnall Upon S. Lucies Day, Being the Shortest Day / Liz Lochhead: Midwinter Song

Matthew Arnold: Dover Beach / Anthony Hecht: The Dover Bitch 

William Carlos Williams: This is Just to Say / Kenneth Koch: Variations on a Theme by William Carlos Williams

Giacomo Leopardi: To the Moon / Julie O'Callaghan: Alla Luna

Thomas Hardy: The Voice / Henry Shukman: The Call

Christopher Marlowe: The Passionate Shepherd to his Love / Sir Walter Raleigh: The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd

Sextus Propertius: Cynthia's Ghost / John Hartley Williams: The Revenant

Anna Akhmatova: The Last Toast / Elaine Feinstein: Another Toast

Allen Ginsberg: from Howl / Tony Curtis: Trowel

Walter de la Mare: Echo / Dannie Abse: Bluebells

William Carlos Williams: The Red Wheelbarrow / Ian McMillan: The Green Wheelbarrow

Dylan Thomas: In My Craft or Sullen Art / Nina Cassian: My Last Book

Tomas Transtromer: Allegro / Robin Robertson: Ictus

Dafydd Ap Gwilym: The Clock / Menna Elfyn: A Dream Against The Clock

Wallace Stevens: Fabliau of Florida / Sean O'Brien: Grey Bayou



Book source

The poetry pairings were sourced from Answering Back by Carol Ann Duffy.