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Happy Birthday, Samuel Taylor Coleridge

“These are the pure Magic. These are the clear vision. The rest is only poetry.” – Rudyard Kipling on John Keats and Samuel Taylor Coleridge William Hazlitt, friend to Coleridge, wrote: Coleridge has told me that he himself liked to … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Robert Browning

We had to read Robert Browning’s poem “Meeting at Night” in 11th grade, and I think it was the first Browning I read. This was the era when I started getting into poetry, stuff I was discovering on my own, … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Poet Andrew Marvell

A re-post for poet Andrew Marvell’s birthday Daily Book Excerpt: Poetry Six Centuries of Great Poetry: A Stunning Collection of Classic British Poems from Chaucer to Yeats, edited by Robert Penn Warren and Albert Erskine Another Metaphysical poet, Andrew Marvell … Continue reading

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“When Proud Pied April, Dressed In All His Trim, Hath Put a Spirit of Youth in Everything”

Play to the lines, through the lines, but never between the lines. There simply isn’t time for it. – George Bernard Shaw to actress Ellen Terry on performing Shakespeare, 1896 Today is (supposedly, roughly) the birthday of William Shakespeare. April … Continue reading

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The Books: Six Centuries of Great Poetry: A Stunning Collection of Classic British Poems from Chaucer to Yeats: Sir Philip Sidney

Daily Book Excerpt: Poetry Six Centuries of Great Poetry: A Stunning Collection of Classic British Poems from Chaucer to Yeats, edited by Robert Penn Warren and Albert Erskine As I mentioned in my first post about this nice little anthology, … Continue reading

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The Books: Six Centuries of Great Poetry: A Stunning Collection of Classic British Poems from Chaucer to Yeats: Geoffrey Chaucer

Daily Book Excerpt: Poetry Six Centuries of Great Poetry: A Stunning Collection of Classic British Poems from Chaucer to Yeats, edited by Robert Penn Warren and Albert Erskine Unlike the Norton Anthology collections, which feature extensive “liner notes” and footnotes, … Continue reading

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Today in history: February 27, 1807

“Believe me, every man has his secret sorrows, which the world knows not; and oftimes we call a man cold, when he is only sad.” — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Beautiful. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was born on this day, in 1807, … Continue reading

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Today in history, February 21, 1907

W.H. Auden was born in York, England. Two pieces of advice for writers from Mr. Auden: To keep his errors down to a minimum, the internal Censor to whom a poet submits his work in progress should be a Censorate. … Continue reading

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Happy (Belated) Birthday, William Butler Yeats

William Butler Yeats was born yesterday, in 1865. Yeats is a great poet and all that, but I grew up pretty much “over” him because he was kind of omnipresent in our household. We were made to memorize his epitaph … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday To the Bard!

Today is (supposedly – at least it’s the agreed-upon date) the birthday of William Shakespeare. April 23, 1564. One of the things I think about when I think about Shakespeare, or one of the things that inevitably comes into my … Continue reading

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