Simon Armitage

(26 May 1963 / Marsden, West Yorkshire)

Simon Armitage
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a British poet, playwright, and novelist.

Life and career

Simon Armitage was born in Marsden, West Yorkshire. Armitage first studied at Colne Valley High School, Linthwaite, Huddersfield and went on to study geography at Portsmouth Polytechnic. He was a post-graduate student at Manchester University where his MA thesis concerned the effects of television violence on young offenders. Until 1994 he worked as Probation Officer in Greater Manchester. He was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Letters in 1996 from the University of Portsmouth. He then lectured on creative writing at the University of Leeds, the University of Iowa and the Manchester Metropolitan University. In ... more »

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  • FGGOT (11/22/2018 4:57:00 PM)


  • Hello, (11/18/2018 11:58:00 AM)

    In your poem 'About ahis Person', what would an interpretation of the lines: 'A pocket sized diary slashed with a pencil from March twenty-fourth to the first of april' be? ? ? ?
    This is for my English Homework but I can't think of anything, so I was wondering, would you be able to help me? ?
    Many thanks Victoria

  • Crystany (11/14/2018 12:24:00 PM)

    this sucks reading a nerds poem ugh ewwwww

  • Tyler (11/2/2018 10:27:00 AM)

    I hate homework


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  • Simon Armintage (9/12/2018 4:41:00 PM)

    I'd like to make it loud and clear that there's nothing wrong with being gay...
    Apart from the fact that gays find the same gender attractive- that's disgusting.
    It's okay to have, what can I say,20 dollars is 20 dollars...

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  • yo my g (7/16/2018 5:25:00 AM)

    wagwarn my bruddas, you up for a fat zoot? get @ my line

    safe xx

  • the real armitage (7/11/2018 3:39:00 AM)

    oi what you chatting you dumb yute the real simon is in the cottage. stop chatting poo poo about me scrub or ill shef man down g xx

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Best Poem of Simon Armitage

I Am Very Bothered

I am very bothered when I think
of the bad things I have done in my life.
Not least that time in the chemistry lab
when I held a pair of scissors by the blades
and played the handles
in the naked lilac flame of the Bunsen burner;
then called your name, and handed them over.

O the unrivalled stench of branded skin
as you slipped your thumb and middle finger in,
then couldn't shake off the two burning rings. Marked,
the doctor said, for eternity.

Don't believe me, please, if I say
that was just my butterfingered way, at thirteen,
of asking you if ...

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