George Ratcliffe Woodward Poems

 

George Ratcliffe Woodward was an British poet and musician who, being an Anglican priest, wrote predominantly religious pieces.  His hymns and Christmas carols are still sung today, one of the most famous titles being Ding Dong Merrily on High. As well as writing his own material he also translated ancient texts, especially from the Renaissance period.  He was aided in the harmonisation of songs by a composer ...

George Robert Sims Poems

 

George Robert Sims was an English writer of poetry, novels and plays who also spent time as a socio-political journalist.  His carefree lifestyle led to him being called a “bon vivant”, meaning that he enjoyed the good things in life, mixing with a large circle of artistic and literary friends.  He was successful in all of his writing ventures but, unfortunately, he ...

George Sylvester Viereck Poems

 

George Sylvester Viereck, a German-born American poet and magazine editor, held strongly pro-Nazi views.  He used his weekly periodical The Fatherland during the First World War to spread Nazi propaganda. He was born on the last day of 1884 in Bavaria.  His family circumstances suggested royal connections with one story indicating that George’s father may have been Kaiser Wilhelm I's son.   It was ...

Giuseppe Gioachino Belli Poems

 

Giuseppe Gioachino Belli was an Italian poet of the 19th century who was most famous for the sonnets that he wrote in the Roman dialect called Romanesco, a derivative of the Italian language that is still spoken today.  In later life he worked for the government as a censor of “inappropriate” literature and art. He was born Giuseppe Francesco Antonio Maria Gioachino Raimondo Belli on the ...

Helen Gray Cone Poems

 

Helen Gray Cone was an American poet and writer of short stories.  She was also a university professor who spent her whole working life teaching English literature at one institution, that being the Hunter College in NYC. She was born on the 8th March 1859 in New York.  Her education was completed at the city’s Normal College which was later renamed Hunter College. She ...