Simon Armitage


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in Marsden, The United Kingdom
May 26, 1963

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Simon Armitage, whose The Shout was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, has published ten volumes of poetry and has received numerous honors for his work. He lives in England.

Armitage's poetry collections include Book of Matches (1993) and The Dead Sea Poems (1995). He has written two novels, Little Green Man (2001) and The White Stuff (2004), as well as All Points North (1998), a collection of essays on the north of England. He produced a dramatised version of Homer's Odyssey and a collection of poetry entitled Tyrannosaurus Rex Versus The Corduroy Kid (which was shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize), both of which were published in July 2006. Many of Armitage's poems appear in the AQA (Assessment and Qualifications Allian
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Walking Home: A Poet's Journey

3.70 avg rating — 1,752 ratings — published 2012 — 13 editions
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Selected Poems

4.02 avg rating — 421 ratings — published 2001 — 3 editions
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Kid

3.78 avg rating — 492 ratings — published 1992 — 6 editions
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All Points North

3.86 avg rating — 422 ratings — published 1998 — 6 editions
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Seeing Stars

3.91 avg rating — 380 ratings — published 2010 — 9 editions
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Walking Away

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The Odyssey: A Dramatic Ret...

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Book of Matches

4.28 avg rating — 229 ratings — published 1993 — 3 editions
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Gig: The Life and Times of ...

3.86 avg rating — 274 ratings — published 2008 — 3 editions
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Little Green Man

3.36 avg rating — 239 ratings — published 2001 — 8 editions
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“This misfortune you find is of your own manufacture.
Keep hold of what you have, it will harm no other,
for hatred comes home to the hand that chose it.”
Simon Armitage, The Death of King Arthur: A New Verse Translation

“You’re beautiful because when you were born, undiscovered planets lined up to peep over the rim of your cradle and lay gifts of gravity and light at your miniature feet”
Simon Armitage

“And wonder, dread and war
have lingered in that land
where loss and love in turn
have held the upper hand.”
Simon Armitage, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

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