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John Todhunter Poems

 

John Todhunter was an Irish poet, playwright and academic.  He served as a Professor of English Literature for a short time at Alexandra College in Dublin.  He was a prolific writer and at least seven collections of poetry bear his name, along with a number of dramatic productions.  He also translated works of German literature into English. He was born on the 30th ...

Plagiarism Scandal – Poetry News September 13th

 

Today on My Poetic Side we bring you a story about plagiarism and examine a few of the similarities between the poems that led to this potential discovery that has left many poets shocked. Poet Accused of Plagiarizing Ira Lightman, a British poet and poetry detective has made a discovery that could rock the poetry world. According to his investigations there are a number ...

John Streeter Manifold Poems

 

John Streeter Manifold was a 20th century Australian poet, musicologist, music publisher and literary critic. He came into the world on the 21st April 1915 in the Toorak district of Melbourne, a descendent of the Manifold brothers.  They were the first British settlers who moved from Van Diemen’s Land, Tasmania in 1835 to establish a small sheep farming community called Camperdown.  His father was ...

Grenfell and the A14 – Poetry News Round-up September 12th

 

Today’s new round up brings you to articles, the first about a priest who has written a poem inspired by the Grenfell Tower fire and the emotions that followed, and the second the unusual story of the poet of the A14. The poetry of the Grenfell Tower priest In the days that followed the terrible fire that raged through the Grenfell Tower block in ...

John Taylor Poems

 

John Taylor was an English poet of Shakespearian times who became popularly known as "The Water Poet", a nickname that he actually gave himself.  This came about because of his profession as a waterman, operating an essential service on the rivers of London and Oxford at different times. He was born on the 24th August 1578 in Gloucester, a city on the banks of the ...

Banksy, Tunnocks and Longfella – Poetry News Roundup 11th September

 

The “Banksy” of Poetry It would seem that Mark Jones, aka the “Banksy of Poetry has struck again, and this time much further south than normal. A Penzance hairdresser was the bemused recipient of his latest poem. Jones has been sending verse in the post to hairdressers all over the UK for around six years now, using his trademark template and writing his poetry ...

John Townsend Trowbridge Poems

 

John Townsend Trowbridge was an American poet, novelist and newspaper man who had strong abolitionist views, some of which almost got the paper that he was writing for closed down.  His literary output included a number of titles written under the pseudonym Paul Creyton. He was born on the 18th September 1827 in a little log cabin that his father had built in Ogden, ...

Griffin Judges Named/Hedd Wyn/Hurricane Harvey – Poetry News Roundup September 8th

 

The final news round-up of the week brings us an article about the Griffin Poetry Prize Judges before taking us to the now restored childhood home of Hedd Wyn. We finish with a look at the poetry that has emerged from the people who lived through Hurricane Harvey. 2018 Griffin Poetry Prize Judges are Named The Griffin Poetry Prize, which was founded in 2000 ...

John Trumbull Poems

 

John Trumbull was an American poet and lawyer whose most famous work, the multi-part M’Fingal, picked him out as a notable political satirist at the time of the Wars of Independence.  He was also a well-respected attorney in both Massachusetts and Connecticut as well as serving as a state legislator and judge. He was born on the 24th April 1750 in Watertown, Connecticut, although ...

Saudi team praise poetry and death row poets – Poetry News Roundup 7th September

 

Today’s news round-up features an article on the Saudi team qualifying for the 2018 World Cup and takes a look at the death row poets of San Quentin. Saudi Football Team Qualify for 2018 World Cup Saudi football fans were elated this week when their team won a qualifying place in the next World Cup, and they took to social media to offer up ...