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article image60 poems online to mark the Queen's Jubilee

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By Tim Sandle     Jun 3, 2012 in Arts
Sixty officially sanctioned poems, each by a different poet, have been uploaded to the Web. The poems were commissioned to mark the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II.
The first weekend in June, plus two additional public holidays, mark the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II taking the throne as the UK's head of state.
A host of different events mark the anniversary.
One of the more unusual acts of celebration is the use of poetry, the BBC has reported. To mark the Diamond Jubilee, 60 contemporary poets were asked to write a poem. The brief was to produce stanzas based around an event which has taken place between 1952 and 2012 -- the period of time that the Queen has been on the throne.
The project is hosted online at The Space. The project features recordings of the poems and pictures and archive video from the year to which the poem refers to.
The Space is a free digital arts portal created in partnership between the BBC and Arts Council.
Many celebrated British poets have taken part in the project, including Roger McGough, Andrew Motion, Simon Armitage, Wendy Cope, Jo Shapcott and the current poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy.
The poet laureate is a poet officially appointed by a government who is expected to compose poems for state occasions. Carol Ann Duffy was appointed poet laureate in May 2009. Previous post holders have included such luminaries as John Betjeman and Ted Hughes.
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