Menella Bute Smedley Poems

 

Menella Bute Smedley was a 19th century English poet, playwright and novelist who also translated German verse into English.  She published at least three volumes of poetry and also collaborated with a sister on poetry for children.  A famous relative of hers was Lewis Carroll. Smedley was born sometime during November 1820 in the Buckinghamshire town of Great Marlow, the daughter of a clergyman ...

Mary Botham Howitt Poems

 

Mary Botham Howitt was a 19th century English author who is best remembered for her famous children’s poem The Spider and the Fly.  Her literary output was considerable and, collaborating on many projects with her husband, she had over 180 books to her name. She was born Mary Botham on the 12th March 1799 at Coleford which is a small town in the Forest of ...

Mary Barber Poems

 

Mary Barber was an Irish poet who mostly focussed on domestic themes such as marriage and children although the messages in some of her poems suggested a widening of her interests, often making cynical comments on social injustice.  She was a member of fellow Irish poet Jonathan Swift’s favoured circle of writers, known as his "triumfeminate", a select group that also included Mrs ...

Mary Ashley Townsend Poems

 

Mary Ashley Townsend was a 19th century American poet and novelist whose ancestors originated from Europe’s Low Countries. She was born Mary Ashley van Voorhis on the 24th September 1832 in Lyons which is in Wayne County, New York.  She was educated at a small school in Fellows Corners and then went to the Lyons Academy.  Growing up on the family farm as an  ...

Mikael Nalbandian Poems

 

Mikael Nalbandian was a 19th century Armenian poet with strong political views on Utopian socialism and revolutionary democracy.  During his short lifetime he was considered one of his country’s prominent writers and the words from one his poems, Song of an Italian Girl, were adapted for Armenia’s national anthem, Mer Heyrenik. He was born Mikhail Lazarevich Nalbandov on the 14th November 1829 in Nizhnii ...