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Robert Graves

On this day, July 24, 1895, poet Robert Graves (1895-1985) was born in Wimbledon, near London. One of ten children, Robert was influenced by his mother’s puritanical beliefs and his father’s love of Celtic poetry and myth. As a young man, he was more interested in boxing and mountain climbing than studying, although poetry laterContinue reading “Robert Graves”

María Sabina Magdalena García

María Sabina Magdalena García (1894 – 1985), was born on this day 22 July in 1894 she was known as the “priestess of mushrooms,” and was probably the most famous Mexican healer to have ever lived and a great poet. Her history and reputation led her to serve as a bridge between the mystical andContinue reading “María Sabina Magdalena García”

The Limerick (2)

I have previously blogged about the limerick, https://wordpress.com/post/poetisatinta.wordpress.com/526 But today I decided to do one for My NaNoWriMo challenge and I also thought I would share some excellent examples of this poetic form! Perhaps the most famous for writing in this style is English writer, poet and illustrator, Edward Lear(1812-1888) The great American comic poetContinue reading “The Limerick (2)”

William Makepeace Thackeray

On July 18 1811, William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863) Victorian novelist and illustrator was born in India where both parents worked for the East India Company. His father died when he was only 4years old and he was sent back to England by his mother who remained in India. He is known for his satirical works,Continue reading “William Makepeace Thackeray”

Ginger Rodgers

Ginger Rodgers (née Virginia Katherine McMath) was born on this day July 16th 1911, in Independence, Missouri, and raised in Kansas City, Rogers and her family moved to Fort Worth, Texas when she was nine years old. Winning a 1925 Charleston dance contest launched a successful vaudeville career, she gained recognition as a Broadway actressContinue reading “Ginger Rodgers”

John Clare

John Clare was born in Northamptonshire, England. on this day, July 13 1793 (1793-1864), into a poor family, his father being a farm labourer. He himself became a farm labourer while still a child, leaving school at 12 years. In his early adult life, Clare became a pot-boy in the Blue Bell pub, he wasContinue reading “John Clare”

Pablo Neruda

Chilean poet and Nobel Prize winner, Pablo Neruda was born on this day, 12 July 1904 (1904-1973). Born Ricardo Eliezer Neftali Reyes y Basoalto, Neruda gave himself this writing name under which he would become famous while still in his early teens. In 1921 he left southern Chile for Santiago to attend school, he intendedContinue reading “Pablo Neruda”