Simon Armitage named United Kingdom’s New Poet Laureate

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Simon Armitage has been named as United Kingdom’s new Poet Laureate. He succeeds Carol Ann Duffy in the 10-year post. Queen Elizabeth II has approved the appointment which is Britain’s highest literary honour.

Simon Armitage :

  • Armitage, a professor of poetry at the University of Leeds, has published 28 collections of poetry and his work is studied by British schoolchildren as part of the national curriculum.
  • Culture Secretary Jeremy Wright praised Armitage for his witty and profound take on modern life.

‘Poet Laureate’ of the United Kingdom : 

  • The British Poet Laureate is an honorary position appointed by the monarch of the United Kingdom, currently on the advice of the Prime Minister.
  • It is expected that the role holder will write verse for significant national occasions.
  • The origins of the laureateship date back to 1616 when a pension was provided to Ben Jonson. But the first official holder of the position was John Dryden.
  • John Dryden was appointed in 1668 by Charles II.