John Arbuthnot Poems

 

John Arbuthnot was an intellectually gifted man who was a satirist, physician and mathematician.  He is often described as a true polymath and was responsible for the invention, in 1712, of a character named John Bull who would go on to symbolise “middle England” in political and sociological posters, pamphlets and publications.  He was one of the founder members of a London literary ...

John Allan Wyeth Poems

 

John Allan Wyeth was an American writer, artist and school teacher.  His poignant pieces written about the First World War earned him the epithet “war poet” but it actually took until the year 2008 for this to happen.  This was when his book This Man’s Army:  A War in Fifty-Odd Sonnets, originally published 80 years before, was reprinted.  It became one of the ...

John Addington Symonds Poems

 

John Addington Symonds was a 19th century English poet, biographer, literary historian and critic.  He also taught at a number of establishments in Bristol.  His life took a curious course in that he married and had children but was also an enthusiastic advocate of homosexuality, espousing pederasty and egalitarianism in equal measures.  Indeed, one of his poems (simply called Hymn) suggested a utopian ...

Johannes Carl Andersen Poems

 

Johannes Carl Andersen was a Danish-born New Zealand poet and anthropologist who was an authority on Maori folklore and customs.  He also held down an administrative job with the Department of Lands and Survey for almost three decades. He was born on the 14th March 1873 in a small Jutland village called Klakring, the son of a watchmaker.  The family emigrated to New ...

Johan Ludvig Runeberg Poems

 

Johan Ludvig Runeberg was a poet hailing from Finland who wrote in Swedish.  He wrote the lyrics to a song called Our Land which was adopted as the national anthem of Finland and his fame and literary achievements led him to be considered the National Poet of Finland.  He wrote many religious pieces for a Finnish Lutheran hymnal, this being the nationally recognised book ...