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John Le Gay Brereton Poems

 

John Le Gay Brereton was a poet, university professor and literary critic from Australia.  He was one of the few Australian scholars of Elizabethan literature of his day. He was born on the 2nd September 1871 in Sydney, the youngest of five sons.  His father was a physician who also happened to be a published poet of the same name and both parents had ...

Pablo Neruda Mystery/Young Poet/Poetry sells Fragrance – Poetry News Roundup October 23rd

 

Welcome to another new week here at My Poetic Side, this week we kick off our news round ups with the startling news that Pablo Neruda may not have died of natural causes. We also bring you another young poet and the poem being used to advertise a fragrance. Pablo Neruda may not have died of cancer In 1973, just 12 days after General ...

Gord Downie/TS Elliot Prize/Poetry in Jamaica – Poetry News Roundup October 20th

 

Our final news roundup of the week takes a brief look at the musician and poet Gord Downie, who passed away on the 17th of the month. We also discuss the TS Elliot prize shortlist and a poetry competition in Jamaica for young poets. The Musician who was also a Poet There is a fine line between poetry and song lyrics, and whilst some ...

Up and Coming Poets – Poetry News October 19th

 

Today at My Poetic Side we dedicate our news round up to some young poets and the part that they are playing in the literary world, watch this space we could see more of these youngsters over the coming years. Siblings Win Place on List of Promising Young Poets Organised by the Poetry Society, the annual Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award, which ...

John Edgell Rickword Poems

 

John Edgell Rickword, MC was an English poet, journalist and literary critic who, remarkably, achieved most of his best work with only one eye.  He had contracted a severe infection in his left eye at the age of 21 which resulted in it being removed.  He is one of the many British war poets whose collected works from that period were published in ...

Online abuse for poet/The Star Spangled Banner – Poetry News Roundup October 18th

 

Today on My Poetic Side we bring you the story of a poet who has been subjected to online abuse and also look at the origin of the Star-Spangled Banner. Poet the Subject of Online Abuse by Students Award- winning Indigenous poet Ellen Van Neerven, has been subjected to a barrage of online abuse following the use of her poem “Mango” in the recent ...

John Byrom Poems

 

John Byrom was a Fellow of the Royal Society, an English poet and composer of hymns, and a man also credited with the invention of a system of shorthand that was considered revolutionary in its time.  In some reference books he is also known as John Byrom of Manchester or John Byrom of Kersal. Some accounts say that he was born in a half-timbered coaching inn ...

John Cunningham Poems

 

John Cunningham was an 18th century Scottish poet, actor and playwright, although he was actually born in Ireland, and lived most of his life in the north east of England. He was born some time during the year 1729 in Dublin to parents of Scottish origins.  They had suffered a catastrophic swing in their social standing due to financial problems which resulted in bankruptcy.  ...

John Buchan Poems

 

John Buchan, was a distinguished writer of novels and poetry.  He was better known for gripping adventure novels like The Thirty Nine Steps rather than his poetry, this story being adapted for the cinema and television screens on a number of occasions.  As a politician he served the Scottish Unionist party for many years and, for the last five years of his life, ...

John Laurence Rentoul Poems

 

John Laurence Rentoul was an Irish-born Australian poet and Presbyterian minister. He was born on the 6th July 1846 in the small village of Garvagh in County Londonderry, the son of a clergyman.  He was given a decent education culminating in the award of a Bachelors’ degree from Queen’s College, Belfast in 1867.  He followed this with his Masters’ the following year, gaining first ...