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  • Poemhunter Moderator (2/15/2012 3:00:00 AM) Post reply

    Roald Dahl Stamps

    The U.K. Royal Mail has issued a special set of stamps, commemorating six of Roald Dahl's most beloved stories. More than 20 years after his death, Dahl's books continue to grow in popularity and have been translated into more than 40 languages.

    Illustrations by Quentin Blake are featured on the stamp set, including Blake rendering the book titles in his own handwriting.

    Read more about Dahl and his poems on Poemhunter
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  • Poemhunter Moderator (2/7/2012 2:02:00 AM) Post reply

    200th Birthday of Charles Dickens:

    Today is the birthday of Charles Dickens (1812-1870) He was an English novelist, generally considered the greatest of the Victorian period. Dickens enjoyed a wider popularity and fame than had any previous author during his lifetime, and he remains popular, having been responsible for some of English literature's most iconic novels and characters.

    Dickens's work has been highly praised for its realism, comedy, mastery of prose, unique personalities and concern for social reform by writers such as Leo Tolstoy, George Orwell and G. K. Chesterton; though others, such as Henry James and Virginia Woolf, have criticised it for sentimentality and implausibility.

    Celebrating the 200th birthday of Charles Dickens:

    Institutions and organisations from all over the world are working together to deliver a programme of events and activities to commemorate this very special anniversary.

    Find out what Dickens 2012 events are taking place near you by visiting the Events Calendar on http: //www.dickens2012.org/about-dickens-2012

    More about Charles Dickens and his poems on Poemhunter
    http: //www.poemhunter.com/charles-dickens/

    Happy Birthday Charles Dickens!

  • Poemhunter Moderator (12/28/2011 7:14:00 AM) Post reply

    India poet Tagore 'suffered from depression'

    Celebrated Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore led a lonely life and suffered from frequent bouts of depression, according to a new biography.

    Biographer Sabyasachi Bhattacharya says one of his worst spells of depression came in 1914, a year after he won the Nobel literature prize.

    You can read more about this on BBC News http: //www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-16336774

    Rabindranath Tagore (1861 – 1941) , was a Bengali polymath who reshaped his region's literature and music. Author of Gitanjali and its profoundly sensitive, fresh and beautiful verse, he became the first non-European Nobel laureate by earning the 1913 Prize in Literature. In translation his poetry was viewed as spiritual and mercurial; his seemingly mesmeric personality, flowing hair, and other-worldly dress earned him a prophet-like reputation in the West. His elegant prose and magical poetry remain largely unknown outside Bengal.

    More about Tagore and his poems on Poemhunter: http: //www.poemhunter.com/rabindranath-tagore/

  • Poemhunter Moderator (12/22/2011 3:30:00 AM) Post reply

    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.

    More information about Rexroth and his poems on Poemhunter:
    http: //www.poemhunter.com/kenneth-rexroth/

    Happy Birthday Kenneth Rexroth!

  • Poemhunter Moderator (12/14/2011 3:51:00 AM) Post reply

    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.

    More information about Éluard and his poems on Poemhunter:
    http: //www.poemhunter.com/paul-eluard/

    Happy Birthday Paul Éluard!

  • Poemhunter Moderator (12/13/2011 7:30:00 AM) Post reply

    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.

    More information about Heine and his poems on Poemhunter:
    http: //www.poemhunter.com/heinrich-heine/

    Happy Birthday Heinrich Heine!

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