Thanks to Simon Armitage for his moving poem and to Harriet Sherwood for providing the larger context (Poet Laureate Simon Armitage writes Ukrainian war poem Resistance, March 11). There is of course also the poetry written during the siege of Leningrad in World War II – particularly poignant in the current situation.
Your editorial (March 10) refers to Volodymyr Zelenskiy as a rhetorician, warlord and former comedian. Perhaps a more famous example of an artist turned war hero is Ignacy Jan Paderewski, the Polish pianist and composer, who in 1919 became Polish Prime Minister, Foreign Minister and signatory to the Treaty of Versailles.
It can be difficult to see all the creatures that reside in our garden with serenity (The Guardian view on slugs and snails: what’s in a name? Plenty it turns out, March 13). You are unlikely to print the name I would give to the snail that just ate the 40 sweet pea seedlings in my cold frame.
Cerne Abbas, Dorset
Regarding Rod Stewart filling his potholes (Letters, March 15), when we lived in Herefordshire it was said that while the UK drove on the left of the road, Herefordians drove on what was left of the road.
Release of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe. Finally a legitimate reason for a night out in Downing Street.