About Famous Poets
(12/22/2011 3:30:00 AM)
Today is the birthday of Kenneth Rexroth. He was an American poet, translator and critical essayist, born in 1905.
He led a tumultuous life that included being orphaned at 14, constant traveling both in the US and abroad, intense political activism, and four marriages. Largely self-educated, he is one of the most well-read poets of the twentieth century.
He is regarded as a central figure in the San Francisco Renaissance, and paved the groundwork for the movement. Although he did not consider himself to be a Beat poet, and disliked the association, he was one of the major influences on the Beat generation, and was once dubbed 'Father of the Beats' by Time. He was among the first poets in the United States to explore traditional Japanese poetic forms such as haiku. His poems reflect this tremendous reading, and emphasize ecology, sexuality, and mysticism. He died on June 6,1982.
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(12/14/2011 3:51:00 AM)
Today is the birthday of Paul Éluard, born on 14 December 1895. He was born as Eugène Émile Paul Grindel, a French poet who was one of the founders of the surrealist movement with Louis Aragon and André Breton among others and one of the important lyrical poets of the 20th century.
Éluard rejected later Surrealism and joined the French Communist Party. Many of his works reflect the major events of the century, such as the World Wars, the Resistance against the Nazis, and the political and social ideals of the 20th-century. He died on 18 November 1952.
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(12/13/2011 7:30:00 AM)
Today is the birthday of Heinrich Heine, born in 13 December 1797. He was one of the most significant German poets of the 19th century. He was also a journalist, essayist, and literary critic.
He is best known outside Germany for his early lyric poetry, which was set to music in the form of Lieder (art songs) by composers such as Robert Schumann and Franz Schubert. Heine's later verse and prose is distinguished by its satirical wit and irony. His radical political views led to many of his works being banned by German authorities. Heine spent the last 25 years of his life as an expatriate in Paris. He died on 17 February 1856.
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