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Robinson Jeffers Poems

 

Born in Pennsylvania at the end of the 19th Century, John Robinson Jeffers was a narrative and epic poet who believed you needed to dehumanize in order to explore the bigger picture. His father was a minister and his brother later went on to become a respected astronomer. Jeffers was always academically gifted and his mother and father always supported his ...

Gerard Manley Hopkins Poems

 

This 19th century poet, Roman Catholic convert and Jesuit priest only really became well known after his death.  At a time when poets usually wrote in traditional verse Hopkins was considered innovative, even daring, using imagery and experimental exploration of poetic structures and speech rhythms. Hopkins was the first in a family of nine children and was born in Essex in July ...

Charles Dickens Poems

 

When looking at the writers of the 19th century most people would place Charles John Huffam Dickens at the top of their list of truly great novelists and poets.  His work endures even after almost 200 years because it is so good and many of his novels are still part of school and college literature studies all over the world.  The characters ...

Alfred Noyes Poems

 

Alfred Noyes was an poet of English descent of some renown, publishing well-loved poems such as The Barrel Organ and The Highwayman.  The latter is a particular favourite, as illustrated in 1995 by a BBC nationwide poll to find Britain’s Favourite Poem and The Highwayman came in ...

Aleister Crowley Poems

 

Here is a most unusual man – a poet who was heavily involved in the occult and mysticism.  He also found time to be a ceremonial magician and an occasional mountaineer but his major project was to be the founding member of a new religious philosophy which he called Thelema.  As this developed Crowley saw himself in the role of prophet and ...

Jack Kerouac Poems

 

This influential and much admired writer, christened Jean-Louis Kerouac, was born in Lowell, Massachusetts in 1922.  His parents were French-Canadian from Quebec and Jack, as he became known, grew up speaking French and did not properly master the English language until he was sixteen years old.  By this time he had done reasonably well in High School and won a scholarship ...

Henry David Thoreau Poems

 

Author and poet Henry David Thoreau was born into an unremarkable New England family in Massachusetts in 1817. He is undoubtedly one of the most famous Americans of the 19th century, an ardent philosopher, abolitionist, and historian. His interests were many and varied and his best known literary works, Walden and Civil Disobedience, have had a strong influence on many ...

Andrew Marvell Poems

 

English lyric poet and politician, Andrew Marvell was born in 1621 in East Riding, Yorkshire. His father was a vicar and the family moved to Hull when he became a lecturer at Holy Trinity Church there. Initially tutored at a Hull grammar school, Andrew Marvell, at the age of 13, went to Cambridge to study. At the height of the English Civil ...

Munshi Premchand Poems

 

One of the most famous and celebrated novelists in India, Munshi Premchand was born as Dhanpat Rai Srivastav 31st July 1880 in Lamahi in Northern India.  He was the fourth child of a post office clerk father, Ajaib Lal and Anandi Devi.  He had one surviving sister; two of his siblings died ...

Louise Glück Poems

 

Louise Glück is a contemporary American poet born April 22nd 1943 in New York City to a Hungarian immigrant father, Daniel, an inventor.  She was brought up in Long Island and currently resides in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  Her interest in writing poetry surfaced during her teens when, encouraged by her parents she would submit poems to magazines.  In the mid 1960s she studied ...