Talk:Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom

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Role and Functions[edit]

It would be helpful if this page could elaborate on the role and functions of the poet laureate; a sort of job description. For example, how political is the role, how is subject matter chosen, are there guidelines as to appropriate subjects, or are the poems 'commissioned' in some way, and by who? etc. etc. Drobba (talk) 08:27, 10 August 2009 (UTC)


I wish to tidy up the final sentence of the introduction on this page (where it states that Carol Ann Duffy is the first ever female Poet Laureate of the UK), and also change the reference attached to one that is in English (like a British newspaper article). However, I'm not sure whether or not this reference change will violate any rules. Can anyone help me out here? Bluebird207 (talk) 11:10, 22 September 2009 (UTC)

Also, the introduction... "The Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom ... is the poet laureate of the United Kingdom." That really could be handled better. --Golbez (talk) 12:34, 7 July 2010 (UTC)

Early laureates?[edit]

The early laureates named are not supported by any evidence or references. The British royal family's official website says that Dryden was the first official laureate[1]. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 12:14, 20 April 2010 (UTC)

No source for the entire list[edit]

Most of the list isn't sourced. Examples: Daniel, Jonson, Davenant, Shadwell, Rowe, Eusden, and many more. I couldn't find a proper source, but this needs to be fixed. Shilton (talk) 14:51, 2 December 2012 (UTC)

All of the list before William Davenant is extremely doubtful. Hadfield, quoting Broadus (The Laureateship. OUP. 1921), says that the post was only officially established in 1668, with the appointment of Dryden. Before that it seems to have been a term of compliment rather than anything else. --Martin Wyatt (talk) 21:37, 19 August 2013 (UTC) As a source, there is a list in the Oxford Companion to English Literature. I have not checked this against the list given here. Unless there is some (reasonable) objection within the next four weeks, I propose to alter the article completely, in line with the comments above, giving the source of the information.--Martin Wyatt (talk) 19:46, 20 August 2013 (UTC)