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Edward Rowland Sill Poems

 

Edward Rowland Sill was a 19th century American poet, newspaperman and teacher. He was born on the 29th April 1841 in Windsor, Connecticut. Both of his parents died while Edward was a young boy so he was raised by an uncle in Ohio. Despite this major early setback he was well educated and studied at Yale University, graduating from there in 1861. His ability as ...

George Boyer Vashon Poems

 

George Boyer Vashon was a 19th century American poet, scholar, lawyer and fervent abolitionist. He had a passion for the education and emancipation of young African-Americans and taught classes for them at night schools in Washington DC while living briefly in that city during the 1870s. He was born on the 25th July 1824 in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. His father was an abolitionist so it is ...

Edward Harrington Poems

 

Edward Harrington was a 20th century Australian writer whose name was often shortened to Ted Harrington. His evocative poems and short stories established his name as the last of the so-called bush balladists. He was born Edward Phillip Harrington on the 28th September 1895 at Shepparton, Victoria. His father, a wheat grower, was an Irish immigrant and Ted enjoyed his childhood on the ...

Elizabeth Drew Stoddard Poems

 

Elizabeth Drew Stoddard was an American poet, short story writer and novelist. Probably her best known piece of work was her first novel, The Morgesons. This was a powerful, coming-of-age story of a woman seeking to make her way in 19th century New England, a time when females were universally oppressed. She was born Elizabeth Drew Barstow on the 6th May 1823 in ...

Emma Hart Willard Poems

 

Emma Hart Willard was an American poet, author of books on American history, life-long educator and great champion of American women’s rights, although her influence spread to other parts of the world in time. Her reputation had been forged at the Troy Female Seminary in New York, an establishment that she had founded. It was the first school exclusively for the higher education of women. She ...

Endre Ady Poems

 

Endre Ady, whose name was sometimes anglicised to Andrew Ady, was a Hungarian poet and journalist. He always tried to break away from the traditional, folksy style adopted by 19th century Hungarian poets and, indeed, he became known as the first of the modern poets in his country. He came into the world on the 22nd November 1877 in a village called Érmindszent, Szilágy County, ...

Enid Derham Poems

 

Enid Derham was an Australian poet and editor of other writers’ work in poetry, drama and prose. She was an academic all of her life, filling the position of senior lecturer in English at the University of Melbourne from 1922 until her untimely death almost twenty years later. She was born on the 24th March 1882 in Hawthorn, a suburb of the Victorian city of Melbourne, the ...

Eight Poets to Discuss Over the Thanksgiving Table

 

As the old saying goes, don’t discuss politics or religion at the dinner table. But extended family is arriving soon and niceties have eliminated most topics of conversation you were hoping to imbibe once the post-turkey wine starts flowing. We’re here to help! Here are eight outstanding contemporary poets we’ll be enthusiastically discussing over the Thanksgiving table. .hrpoets {margin-bottom:25px;border: 0; height: 0; border-top: 1px dashed #CCC; border-bottom: 1px solid rgba(255, ...

Epes Sargent Poems

 

Epes Sargent was a 19th century American poet, playwright, novelist and newspaper editor. Probably his best known popular piece of work was the poem A Life on the Ocean Wave which was set to music and turned into a jaunty nautical song which is still sung to this day. He was born on the 27th September 1813 in Gloucester, Massachusetts. His father, also called ...

Gabriel Harvey Poems

 

Gabriel Harvey was an English writer and scholar of the 16th and 17th centuries who claimed to be the inventor of the English version of the hexameter metre in verse that was a standard of so many classical pieces in Latin and Greek literature. He might have attained greater heights as a writer but for a long-running feud with the influential Elizabethan pamphleteer ...