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Today in history

  • 1649

    Richard Lovelace: On the 9th of April 1649 Lovelace is released from jail [London, United Kingdom]

  • 1818

    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: On the 9th of April 1818 Goethe's son Walther Freiherr von Goethe is born [Weimar, Thuringia, Germany]

  • 1821

    Charles Baudelaire: Charles Baudelaire was born in 1821 in Paris. His father was an amateur artist and civil servant, some 34 year older than Baudelaire's mother. [Paris, France]

  • 1832

    Thomas Moore: From the Hon. Henry ---, to Lady Emma is published in The Times on April the 9th 1832 [London, United Kingdom]

  • 1882

    Dante Gabriel Rossetti: Rossetti died at Easter in 1882 at the age of 53, having suffered from bad health because of his addition to chloral. He officially died of Brights Disease. [Birchington-on-Sea, Kent, United Kingdom]

  • 1917

    Phillip Edward Thomas: On the 9th of April 1917 at the age of 39 Edward Thomas passes away in Pas-de-Calais, France [Pas-de-Calais, France]

  • 1920

    Marcus Garvey: On Apil the 9th 1920 Garvey's father passes away [New York, United States]

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Wordsworth’s Birthday/HMP Reading – Poetry News Roundup April 8th


Today on My Poetic Side we bring you more of the celebrations marking the 250th birth anniversary of the poet William Wordsworth. We also look at the bid to save HMP Reading which has not been successful. The Prince of Wales Reads Wordsworth Yesterday Prince Charles marked the 250th birth anniversary of the poet William Wordsworth with a poetry reading in a radio tribute. The Prince spoke about the ability that Wordsworth had of ...

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