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Google doodle/Mehmet Akif Ersoy – Poetry News Roundup December 28th December

 

In today’s My Poetic Side news round-up we bring you the story behind the doodle that appeared on Google yesterday. We also look at an article about the poem who penned the national anthem on Turkey on the 81st anniversary of his death. Google Honours Urdu Poet Yesterday Google created a doodle in honour of the iconic poet Mirza Ghalib in the occasion ...

Mellin de Saint-Gelais Poems

 

Mellin de Saint-Gelais, sometimes known as Melin St. Gelays or Melin Sainct-Gelais, was a French medieval poet of the Renaissance era, much in favour at the royal court.  He was a member of the literary group known as “Le Pleiade” and was well regarded and compared favourably with Clément Marot, a contemporary known as the "Prince of French poets".  He also spent ...

CD Wright Award/Annual Palm Beach Poetry Festival – Poetry News Roundup December 27th

 

Today at My Poetic Side we bring you news articles about the Inaugural C.D. Wright Award for Poetry and the 14th Annual Palm Beach Poetry Festival. Inaugural C.D. Wright Award for Poetry The inaugural C.D. Wright Award for Poetry which is overseen by the New York Foundation for Contemporary Art has been won by Lisa Robertson, a Canadian experimental poet. Robertson who was born and ...

Poetry Award Declined/Literary Prize Winner/Inspiring Poetry in Young people – Poetry News Roundup December 26th

 

In today's poetry news round-up we bring you articles about the winners of the Sahitya Akademi award for 2017 and the Glenna Luschei Literary Prize. We also have an article about a poets visit to a school to inspire the pupils with his poetry. Family of Late Poet Decline Award The winner of the Sahitya Akademi award for 2017 has been announced. The late ...

Mercy Otis Warren Poems

 

Mercy Otis Warren holds a unique place in the history of American politics and literature.  At a time when women did not publish written works under their own name she was a pioneering, fearless writer and political activist who became known as the "Conscience of the American Revolution".  Her patriotic and stirring articles and poems galvanised and influenced the country’s founding fathers at ...

Lemm Sissay/Seamus Heaney – Poetry News Roundup December 25th

 

In our Christmas Day poetry round up we bring you a couple of news articles with a Christmas theme We take a look at Lemm Sissay, the poet who organises Christmas dinner for around 500 people  and we also glance at the Christmas cards of Seamus Heaney which are due to go on public display shortly. Poet Holds Christmas Dinner for 500 For the ...

Menella Bute Smedley Poems

 

Menella Bute Smedley was a 19th century English poet, playwright and novelist who also translated German verse into English.  She published at least three volumes of poetry and also collaborated with a sister on poetry for children.  A famous relative of hers was Lewis Carroll. Smedley was born sometime during November 1820 in the Buckinghamshire town of Great Marlow, the daughter of a clergyman ...

Mary Botham Howitt Poems

 

Mary Botham Howitt was a 19th century English author who is best remembered for her famous children’s poem The Spider and the Fly.  Her literary output was considerable and, collaborating on many projects with her husband, she had over 180 books to her name. She was born Mary Botham on the 12th March 1799 at Coleford which is a small town in the Forest of ...

Landmark refused/Bridge Naming/Klingon Poetry – Poetry News Roundup December 22nd

 

In our final round up of the week we bring you stories about the poet's house that has not been awarded landmark status, the bridge named for a different poet and the upcoming debut of a poem written entirely in Klingon! Walt Whitman House Denied Landmark Status Earlier this year lawyer Brad Vogel, who is himself a poet, made a startling discovery which he set about trying to rectify. He discovered that ...

Mary Barber Poems

 

Mary Barber was an Irish poet who mostly focussed on domestic themes such as marriage and children although the messages in some of her poems suggested a widening of her interests, often making cynical comments on social injustice.  She was a member of fellow Irish poet Jonathan Swift’s favoured circle of writers, known as his "triumfeminate", a select group that also included Mrs ...