FILE -- Simon Armitage at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park at Bretton, in England, June 26, 2015. Armitage is the 21st poet laureate of the United Kingdom — officially appointed by Queen Elizabeth II and named on May 10, 2019 in a news release from the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. (Andrew Testa/The New York Times)

One no and a yes for UK’s top poet offer

The lists of those who have served as Britain’s poet laureate and who have refused the job contain many distinguished names