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Myra Morris Poems

 

Myra Morris was an Australian poet whose work often portrayed the joyful lifting of the spirits that a person could feel from a simple walk in the country.  She also wrote short stories and novels for both children and adults. She was born Myra Evelyn Morris on the 15th May 1893 in the small Victorian town of Boort.  She was one of a family ...

Marcus Annaeus Lucanus Poems

 

Marcus Annaeus Lucanus was a Roman poet and statesman who is usually known by the shortened version of his name, which is Lucan.  He only lived into his mid-twenties but, in this short time, he established himself as one of Rome’s finest poets of the Imperial Latin period.  He is best known for the epic, multi-part Pharsalia which told the tale of the ...

Marcus Clarke Poems

 

Marcus Clarke was an English-born, Australian poet, novelist and playwright who also got involved in magazine editing and ownership. He was born Marcus Andrew Hislop Clarke on the 24th April 1846 in the Kensington district of west London.  His father was a barrister and he had an uncle who was the Governor of Western Australia, a fact that, no doubt, encouraged him to ...

Margaret Deland Poems

 

Margaret Deland was an American poet and novelist who also wrote short stories.  She belonged to the literary realism movement that prevailed during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  This prolific writer had over thirty books to her name. She was born Margaretta Wade Campbell on the 23rd February 1857 in Allegheny, Pennsylvania.  Tragically her mother died giving birth so she was raised ...

Margaret Junkin Preston Poems

 

Margaret Junkin Preston was a prolific 19th century US poet and novelist. She was born Margaret Junkin on the 19th May 1820 in Milton, Pennsylvania, the daughter of a Presbyterian minister.  She was privately educated and, by the age of 12, was proficient in Ancient Greek and Latin.  She said later in life that she missed the companionship that might have been gained from ...

Burns Night Roundup- Poetry News January 25th

 

Today our poetry news round up is dedicate to Robert Burns on the 259th anniversary of the poets birth. 25th January – Burns Night Today all across Scotland, and wherever else they may be in the world the Scots are getting ready to celebrate Burns Night. Possibly the most famous, and recognised Scottish poet worldwide Robert Burns, who is also referred to as Rabbie Burns, ...

Nicanor Parra Passes Away – Poetry News January 24th

 

On today’s poetry news roundup, we bring you the sad news that the literary world has lost a shining light in the form of the Chilean poet Nicanor Parra who passed away on 23rd January at the age of 103. Chilean Poet Nicanor Parra Has Died at the Age of 103 The death of the eminent Chilean poet, Nicanor Parra has been announced in ...

Forward Prize Judges/WW1 Centenary – Poetry News Roundup January 23rd

 

In today's poetry round-up here at My Poetic Side we bring you a news article about the judges for the Forward Prizes for Poetry 2018, and we take a look at the poetry that will be part of the commemoration of the centenary of the end of World War One. Judges Announced for 27th Annual Forward Prizes for Poetry The chair for this year’s ...

Margaret Sackville Poems

 

Margaret Sackville was an aristocratic English writer who wrote poetry, novels and plays for both adults and children.  Her output was considerable with over 40 titles to her name. At the beginning of the First World War she was active in the peace movement, joining the Union of Democratic Control to voice her opposition to the war. She was born Lady Margaret Sackville on Christmas ...

RIP Jenny Joseph – Poetry News January 19th

 

In our final poetry round up of the week we bring you the sad news that Jenny Jospeh, the poet who inspired the creation of the Red Hat Society has passed away at the age of 85. Poet Jenny Joseph Passes Away at the age of 85 The poet Jenny Joseph, who is perhaps best known for her poem “Warning”, died of natural ...