Classic Poetry

  • 10/21/2014

    Feature Poet: William Blake

    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,...

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  • 01/14/2015

    Feature Poet: Gertrude Stein

    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...

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  • 04/21/2015

    Feature Poet: Samuel Taylor Coleridge

    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...

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  • 07/07/2015

    Feature Poet: Emily Dickinson

    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...

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  • 06/30/2011

    Feature Poet: Robert Penn Warren

    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...

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  • 04/07/2014

    Feature Poet: Langston Hughes

    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...

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  • 07/17/2014

    Feature Poet: Elizabeth Barrett Browning

    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...

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  • 11/10/2015

    Feature Poet: T. S. Eliot

    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...

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