Konstantin Batyushkov Poems

 

Konstantin Batyushkov was a Russian elegiac poet and translator of the literary and artistic Romantic movement which swept Europe during the late 18th and early 19th centuries.  He also served in his country’s diplomatic corps, spending two years in Naples between 1818 and 1819, and also as a junior officer in the Russian army during the Napoleonic wars. He was born Konstantin Nikolayevich Batyushkov on ...

Konstantin Balmont Poems

 

Konstantin Balmont was a Russian poet of the Symbolist school who wrote during his country’s “Silver Age” of poetry, an era that had a similar impact on society as the “Golden Age” which had occurred a hundred years previously.  He was also a translator and literary critic. He was born Konstantin Dmitriyevich Balmont on the 15th June 1867 in a small village called Gumnishchi, which ...

Lauris Edmond Poems

 

Lauris Edmond, OBE was a 20th century, award winning New Zealand poet, playwright and novelist. She was born Lauris Dorothy Scott on the 2nd April 1924 in Dannevirke, Hawke’s Bay which is a small town on the north island.  When she was seven years old her home area was devastated by an earthquake which killed over two hundred people so she was lucky to ...

Ki no Tsurayuki Poems

 

Ki no Tsurayuki was a 9th  century Japanese waka poet and royal courtier who lived at the time of the Heian period, a time of great religious influence on the country from Buddhism and Chinese Taoism.  His most famous work was a collaboration with three other court poets on a waka anthology titled Kokin Wakashū, a major project ordered, and sponsored, by the ...

Lady Caroline Lamb Poems

 

Lady Caroline Lamb was a colourful character in English society during the latter decades of the 18th and early decades of the 19th century.  She was an occasional poet and novelist but is best known for an infamous, torrid affair during the year 1812 with poet Lord Byron.  She was still married to the Hon. William Lamb, a man whose political career ...