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”

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 “You are Enough”

Remembrance Day

Today is Remembrance Sunday, each year honour is paid to the members of the Armed Forces who have served their country and we pay respects to the fallen who have given their lives in defence of our freedom. It is at this time we naturally turn to the War Poets as we reflect on theContinue reading “Remembrance Day”

Shamsur Rahman Faruqi

Shamsur Rahman Faruqi (1935-2020), was born on this day in 1935 in Azamgarh, present-day Uttar Pradeshhe. He was an Indian Urdu language poet, author and theorist. He is known for bringing modernism to Urdu literature. He developed new models of literary appreciation combining western principles of literary criticism and applied them to Urdu literature. SomeContinue reading “Shamsur Rahman Faruqi”

T S Eliot

T S Eliot, (1888-1965) was born on this day, 26 September in 1888, he was famous as a poet and playwright and considered to be one of the 20th century’s major poets. He was born in St. Louis, Missouri, however he spent time at Oxford University during the First World War. He moved to EnglandContinue reading “T S Eliot”

Poetry – Helping the Healing Process

I firmly believe that poetry can help the healing process, it is pertinent to think of this today the 20th anniversary of disaster that was 9/11. It was therefore no accident that after 9/11, poems could be found in many places, on the internet, in newspapers, magazines, books, read out on the television, radio andContinue reading “Poetry – Helping the Healing Process”

Mary J Oliver

Mary Jane Oliver (1935-2019), was born on this day in 1935, in Maple Heights, Ohio. She was an American poet who won the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. Her work is inspired by nature, rather than the human world. In the mid-1950s, Oliver attended both Ohio State University and Vassar College, though sheContinue reading “Mary J Oliver”

Philip Arthur Larkin

Philip Larkin, (1922-85) was born on this day, August 9, 1922, in Coventry UK, he was an English poet, novelist, and librarian. He attended the City’s King Henry VIII School between 1930 and 1940, and made regular contributions to the school magazine, which he also helped to edit. He went to St. John’s College, Oxford,Continue reading “Philip Arthur Larkin”

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