Today is National Poetry Day in the United Kingdom, and I'm guessing that the home of Shakespeare and Byron will be a great source of poetic celebration. In addition to readings and educational programs, the official NPDUK website offers links to a selection of British poetry bloggers.
In other literary news from across the pond, Scottish poet Don Paterson has won the prestigious Forward Prize for his recent collection, Rain, and the British pronounce T.S. Eliot their favorite poet, according to an online poll. While I have had my love affair with J. Alfred, I must admit to a soft spot for John Donne as well. Who is your favorite verse-composing Brit?