Simon Armitage

Simon Armitage

Simon Armitage is a contemporary English poet born in May 1963. He was appointed poet laureate in 2019. He has also written plays and novels. His first poetry collection, which is out of print today, was published in 1988. He has also spent time lecturing at various universities in the UK and abroad.


‘Hitcher’ by Simon Armitage describes a brutal act of violence against a “free” hitchhiker committed by a speaker who is “under / the weather.” 

I am very bothered

In ‘I am very bothered’, the Speaker takes on the role of confessor, as he shares a shameful event from his past and offers it up to the Reader to make up their minds about the misdemeanor.

The Clown Punk

‘The Clown Punk’ is about a real event that occurred in Simon Armitage’s life. This poem flashes back and forth between past and present events.

The Clown Punk by Simon Armitage Visual Representation


‘Zoom!’ by Simon Armitage is a thoughtful poem about the vast nature of the universe. It also emphasizes the tiny role humans have to play in it.

Zoom! by Simon Armitage

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