British poet, biographer, and novelist
Motion was named Poet Laureate of England in 1999 and has worked to popularize poetry, especially among students. His insightful poems explore themes of loss and desolation. His collections include The Pleasure Steamers (1978), Natural Causes (1987), and Salt Water (1997). He has written biographies of Philip Larkin and John Keats. His novels include The Pale Companion (1989).
Motion earned his BA and MA from University College, Oxford.