18th-century poet, printmaker, and painter
William Blake was an 18th-century poet, printmaker, and painter. Blake, now considered one of the founders of Romanticism, went largely unrecognized for his literary and artistic contributions until after his death. Both Blake’s artwork and poetry exhibit his creativity and individuality, showcasing his strong spirituality, unique mythology,...
American modernist writer of novels, plays, short stories and poems
Gertrude Stein was an American modernist writer and her works include novels, plays, short stories and poems. They are playful, unique, repetitive, and humorous and allow for a variety of analyses and responses. She is well known for her line: “Rose is a rose is a rose is a rose.”
Stein was born on February 3, 1874, in modern-day...
English poet, critic, and philosopher
Samuel Taylor Coleridge was an English poet, critic, and philosopher and, with William Wordsworth, heralded the Romantic school of thought with the publishing of Lyrical Ballads in 1798.
Coleridge was born October 21, 1772, in Devonshire, England, the youngest of fourteen children. An ardent reader, Coleridge attended his father’s school...
19th-century American Poet
19th-century American Poet Emily Elizabeth Dickinson is remembered for her melancholic reclusiveness, active social life through correspondence, and avant-garde poetry. She was born on December 10, 1830, in Amherst, MA, to a family whose prominence had been secured by ancestors two hundred years earlier.
She was a well-behaved child and showed...
Renowned poet, novelist, essayist, and critic
Any serious fiction or creative writer can certainly profit from the educational value of the many works by Robert Penn Warren, a renown poet, novelist, essayist, and critic—and a name that comes with a long list of superlatives attached to it. A Southern, multi-faceted writer most famous for his association with and contributions to...
Talented and hardworking writer, intellectual, and activist
In 2001, the Academy of American Poets hosted a vote in National Poetry Month to pick a poet for immortalization on a postage stamp. Over 10,000 ballots were received for 205 different poets. Langston Hughes was the overwhelming victor and the US Postal Service issued his stamp in January of the following year.
Langston Hughes was a talented...
Victorian poet who achieved popularity during her lifetime
Elizabeth Barrett Browning was a Victorian poet whose work achieved popularity during her lifetime. The effect she had on literature is profound and far-reaching. Emily Dickinson kept a portrait of Browning in her bedroom. Virginia Woolf in an essay published in 1935 wrote “we may suspect that Elizabeth Barrett was inspired by a flash of true...
19th Century American/British Poet
Thomas Stearns (T. S.) Eliot was born September 26, 1888, in St. Louis, Missouri. He was the youngest of seven children in a prosperous family; his siblings were already half-grown, his father was the president of the Hydraulic-Press Brick Company, and his mother was a social worker and amateur poet. His family was originally from New England but...