Gerard Manley Hopkins

Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844–1889), was born on this day in 1844, in Stratford, Essex, he was an English poet and Jesuit priest. He is considered to be one of the greatest poets of the Victorian era, however, because his style was so radically different from that of his contemporaries, his best poems were not acceptedContinue reading “Gerard Manley Hopkins”

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”

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”

Roald Dahl – Quote

Dahl was born in 1916 in Cardiff, Wales to Norwegian immigrant parents, he served in the RAF during the Second World as a fighter pilot and subsequently, an intelligence officer. He rose to prominence as a writer in the 1940s with works for children and for adults, and he became one of the world’s best-sellingContinue reading “Roald Dahl – Quote”

Poetry Improves Your Writing

The ability to express complex images and feelings in a few lines, is what makes anyone involved in the business of advertising at the top of their game, so what better than writing poetry to help with this. Naturally, it follows that it can help all writers, not just poets, to develop their craft. StartContinue reading “Poetry Improves Your Writing”

Jean-Jacques Rousseau & his Influence

Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778), (Not to be confused with the Belgian independent film director with the same name), was born on 28th June in 1712, he was raised by his father as his mother died 9 days following his birth. He was a philosopher, writer, and composer. His political philosophy influenced the progress of the EnlightenmentContinue reading “Jean-Jacques Rousseau & his Influence”

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