Pablo Neruda

Chilean poet and Nobel Prize winner, Pablo Neruda was born on 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 intended to beContinue reading “Pablo Neruda”

Percy Bysshe Shelley

On this day 200 years ago, the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley drowned at sea at the painfully young age of 29. He wrote during the Romantic period (1780 – 1840), other writers included William Wordsworth, Jane Austen and Shelley’s friend, Lord Byron. Shelly was a dreamer of dreams, a revolutionary at heart, at the timeContinue reading “Percy Bysshe Shelley”

Gwendolyn Elizabeth Brooks

Hi, today would have been one of my favourite poets birthday, Gwendolyn Elizabeth Brooks (1917 -2000), born June 7th in 1917, in Kansas. She was an American poet, author, and teacher, her work often dealt with the personal joys and struggles of ordinary people. A much honoured poet, she won the Pulitzer Prize for PoetryContinue reading “Gwendolyn Elizabeth Brooks”

Walter Whitman

I have surreptitiously included both Fandango’s and Ragtag’s prompt words (in bold) in this short homage to Walt Whitman. Whitman, (1819 -1892) was born on this day May 31 in 1819 in West Hills, Long Island, he is one of the most influential American poets, often called the father of free verse. Whitman’s major poetryContinue reading “Walter Whitman”

Always Remember – You are Enough

We are all forced to face the idea of ‘perfection’ every day, so no wonder we feel we are not good enough. Perfection doesn’t exist and we can waste precious time trying to get to that unreachable point. By chance I came across the above Jacob Nordby quote which I love and from this IContinue reading “Always Remember – You are Enough”

Poem – ‘In Flanders Fields’

On this day, May 3rd 1915, during World War I, Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae a Canadian poet, physician, artist and soldier, wrote the now famous war memorial poem “In Flanders Fields”. It is in commemoration of the 1915 battle of Ypres. For 17 days, McCrae tended those injured in the battle. He wrote the poem afterContinue reading “Poem – ‘In Flanders Fields’”

Jean-Jacques Rousseau

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”

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