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Happy Birthday, Wilfred Owen

“My subject is War, and the pity of War. The Poetry is in the pity.” Wilfred Owen (now known as one of the best “war poets” of World War I) was born on this day in 1893. He was killed … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

I found Favorite Poems of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow at a second-hand store, hard-cover, and it has illustrations, published in 1947. Longfellow to me is like an old friend. Only [Wallace] Stevens in later American poetry is musical in the ways … Continue reading

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Happy birthday, Langston Hughes

The Blues always impressed me as being very sad, sadder even than the Spirituals, because their sadness is not softened with tears, but hardened with laughter … of a sadness where there is no god to appeal to. – Langston … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday to “the Ploughman Poet” of Scotland

In other words: Robert Burns. Or, as they say in Scotland, “Rahbbie Barrrrrrrrns.” Robert Burns is a national hero in Scotland, his works are known by heart, and festivals go on in his name. Right now in Scotland, people are … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, John Keats

Matthew Arnold: Keats as a poet is abundantly and enchantingly sensuous, but the question with some people will be, whether he is anything else. Garrison Keillor wrote: He’d planned to become a surgeon, but he realized his real vocation was … Continue reading

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“Horseman Pass By”: Happy Birthday, William Butler Yeats

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

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Happy Birthday, Gwendolyn Brooks

I think I first encountered Gwendolyn Brooks’s stuff in Humanities in high school (her most famous is, perhaps, “We Real Cool”). We Real Cool The Pool Players. Seven at the Golden Shovel. We real cool. We Left school. We Lurk … Continue reading

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To Autumn, Season of Mists and Mellow Fruitfulness

I am not a summer girl. I wilt in the summer. Fall is my season. I was born in the fall. With the first breath of crispness in the air, I start to regulate back to my normal self. In … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Mary Oliver

Although few poets have fewer human beings in their poems than Mary Oliver, it is ironic that few poets also go so far to help us forward. – Stephen Dobyns, New York Times Book Review I don’t know much about … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Percy Bysshe Shelley

Poet Percy Bysshe Shelley was born on this day in 1792. Shelley, along with his BFF Lord Byron, thumbed their nose at the commonplaces of their current era, and he (even more so than Byron) appeared to court controversy from … Continue reading

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