Alexander Pope Poems

 

Alexander Pope's witty and pointed poetic satire brought him infamy during his lifetime. It has also made critical evaluation of Pope in the years since his death more prone to interpretation based on the critic's personal feelings about such satire than perhaps any other poet in history. Pope was born the only child of Alexander and Edith Pope in 1688. The ...

Thomas Moore Poems

 

Irish balladeer, singer, and poet Thomas Moore gained fame in the first half of the nineteenth century both as a poet and as a society figure whose scandalous behavior may have overshadowed his talents. Thomas Moore was born in 1779 in Dublin, Ireland, over his father's grocery business. Moore was one of the first Catholic students allowed entry to Trinity College in ...

Robert Lowell Poems

 

Poet Robert Lowell's turbulent journey in life is echoed in the more personal of his poetry. Robert Lowell was born in 1917, the son of the famous Lowells of Boston, a family that already boasted two poets, James Russell Lowell and Amy Lowell. He followed family tradition by enrolling at Harvard, but after two years - and upon the advice of his ...

Amy Lowell Poems

 

Poet Amy Lowell's literary reputation, marred in her lifetime due to her lifestyle and at times overbearing personality, has in recent years begun to improve as new generations of readers have rediscovered her work. Born in 1874 in Brookline Massachusetts, Amy Lowell was the daughter of a prominent New England family, one that encouraged her love of reading and writing. She ...

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Poems

 

One of the lions of American poetry, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's verses have endured across centuries to become some of the best known and best loved in the English language. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was born in Portland, Maine, in 1807, the son of wealthy parents, his father an attorney. From childhood, Longfellow was preoccupied with words and writing, and even as a ...