Swineherd by Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin is one of the reassuring poems to be read on June 18th. Photograph: Eric Luke

As people continue to grapple with the emotional impact of the coronavirus pandemic, older people will have access to an unusual method of support thr(...)

William Wordsworth’s sister Dorothy wrote of the daffodils that it ‘seemed as if they verily laughed with the wind that blew upon them’. Photograph: Russell Cheyne/Reuters

For a poem synonymous with solitude, William Wordsworth’s I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud was a surprisingly collaborative affair.  It was not the p(...)

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Happy the man, whose wish and care/A few paternal acres bound/content to breathe his native air/In his own ground. (Alexander Pope) I wandered lonely(...)

The Daffodil Centre in St James’s Hospital, Dublin, is one of 13 such centres across the country which have helped   300,000 people   since   2009

When William Wordsworth penned his famous words “I wandered lonely as a cloud”, he couldn’t have imagined that the flowers which brought such joy to a(...)

Visit the home of WB Yeats at Thoor Ballylee, on part of Lady Gregory’s Coole estate in Gort, Galway.

James Joyce: Fairview, Dublin James Joyce’s peripatetic childhood has left a number of homes for a pilgrimage map, though not all of which you c(...)

The manuscript contains page after page of scratched out notes, smudges, comments and ink blots by Flaubert, written while walking in Brittany. Photograph: Stéphane Briolant

The handwritten manuscript is page after page of scratched-out notes, smudges, comments and ink blots that reveal just how arduous the French novelis(...)

 Ossian, the legendary Scottish bard, may not even have existed. Image: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

A Scottish bard named Ossian who is said to have inspired French military leader Napoleon Bonaparte, English poet William Wordsworth and former US pre(...)

Public Health England has urged British supermarkets to shift daffodils away from fruit and vegetable stands after dealing with 27 suspected poisonings linked to daffodils in the last year. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

William Wordsworth may have wandered lonely as a cloud enjoying a host of golden daffodils, but today daffodils have been known to land people in hos(...)

Bartholomew Ryan: ‘I see the great poets like Yeats and Wordsworth and Fernando Pessoa as loafing heroes.’ Photograph: Luis Barra

The Loafing Heroes sing the poetry of WB Yeats and TS Eliot, and the subject matter of their songs ranges from Irish revolutionary heroes to the de(...)

Dancing Queen, Billie Barry photographed at her home in Marino, Dublin. Hundreds packed into the Church of St Vincent de Paul today for Ms Barry’s funeral who died on Tuesday. Photograph Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Billie Barry spent her life teaching people how to entertain so it was fitting that her funeral was a perfectly-choreographed celebration of music, so(...)

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