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  • Poemhunter Moderator (2/10/2014 4:26:00 AM) Post reply
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    Today is the birthday of Boris Pasternak (1890-1960) and Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956)

    Boris Pasternak was a Russian language poet, novelist, and literary translator. Pasternak's theatrical translations of Goethe, Schiller, Pedro Calderón de la Barca, and William Shakespeare remain deeply popular with Russian audiences.

    Outside Russia, Pasternak is best known for authoring the novel Doctor Zhivago, which was banned in the USSR, Doctor Zhivago was smuggled to Milan and published in 1957. Pasternak was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature the following year.

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    Bertolt Brecht was a German poet, playwright, and theatre director. An influential theatre practitioner of the 20th century, Brecht made equally significant contributions to dramaturgy and theatrical production.

    There are few areas of modern theatrical culture that have not felt the impact or influence of Brecht's ideas and practices. In addition to the theatre, Brechtian theories and techniques have exerted considerable sway over certain strands of film theory and cinematic practice.

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    Happy Birthday Boris Pasternak! Happy Birthday Bertolt Brecht!

  • Poemhunter Moderator (2/5/2014 4:12:00 AM) Post reply

    Today is the birthday of William S.Burroughs (1914–1997)

    He was an American novelist, short story writer, essayist, painter, and spoken word performer. A primary figure of the Beat Generation and a major postmodernist author, he is considered to be " one of the most politically trenchant, culturally influential, and innovative artists of the 20th century."

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    Happy Birthday Burroughs!

  • Poemhunter Moderator (2/4/2014 7:19:00 AM) Post reply

    World Cancer Day is marked on February 4 to raise awareness of cancer and to encourage its prevention, detection, and treatment. World Cancer Day was founded by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) to support the goals of the World Cancer Declaration, written in 2008. The primary goal of the World Cancer Day is to significantly reduce illness and death caused by cancer by 2020.

    World Cancer Day 2014 (4 February 2014) will build on the success of last year's campaign, by again focusing on Target 5 of the World Cancer Declaration: Reduce stigma and dispel myths about cancer, under the tagline “Debunk the myths”.

    Today is a chance to raise our collective voices in the name of improving general knowledge around cancer and dismissing misconceptions about the disease. From a global level, we are focusing our messaging on the four myths above. In addition to being in-line with our global advocacy goals, these overarching myths leave a lot of flexibility for members, partners and supporters to adapt and expand on for their own needs.

    Learn more: http://www.worldcancerday.org/

  • Bronze Star - 5,126 Points Edgar Stevens (8/6/2013 3:52:00 AM) Post reply | Read 3 replies

    Poem Hunter Poetry Contest has officially started. You can enter with your favorite poem now or write a new one and submit it before August 31st,2013.

    Prize is $1,000 for the winner and $250 for the 2nd and 3rd place..

    You can write in any poetic style and on any subject.

    Entering the contest is free.

    Details: http://www.poemhunter.com/contest/

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  • Rookie - 0 Points MRITYUNJAY JHA (1/25/2013 2:58:00 PM) Post reply



    Virginia Woolf.

    VIRGINIA WOOLF, British Novelist,
    Essayist n Publisher, Was Born
    Day, On January 25,1882 In
    Kensington, UK!

    Virginia Woolf Is Still Widely Read
    Across The Globe.She Wrote Less
    Than A Dozen Novels, Two
    Of Short-stories, A Critically
    Acclaimed Essay Book (A ROOM
    ONE’S OWN) , Nearly 400 Letters
    Compiled In Two Volumes And
    Other Articles, especi ally, Book
    Reviews For The Times Lit.

    ‘Mrs. DALLOWAY’, ‘TO THE
    Best Novels.

    Virginia Woolf Was One Of The
    Early Modernists Who Dared Lots
    Experimentations In The Very Art
    n Science Of Novel-writing And
    Established Herself As A
    Modern Novelist Writing In
    Of Postwar(WWI) Era.

    She Laid Huge Emphasis Upon
    Inner Psyche Of A Character Than
    The Usual Practise Of Outward
    Delienation! The Outward Action
    Gets A Backseat and On The
    Frontseat Comes The Interior
    Thoughts, Motives,
    Urges.....et.al. (INTERIOR
    Of A Character!

    The Idea Of Flat Character Got
    Beating And The Concept Of
    ‘Round Character’ Got Shape! This
    Multi-dimensional Character
    Sketch Lent The Novels A Deeper
    Psychological Edge And The Art
    Novel Writing Went Through A
    Profound Change!

    James Joyce And V. Woolf Had
    The Most Contributions To The
    Modern Novels!

    Terms Like ‘STREAM OF
    CONCIOUSNESS’ Became Very
    Definitive Reference To The
    Of Postwar Period!

    She Had Also Penned A Lot
    Regarding The Feminist Criticism
    Her Seminal Book, ‘A ROOM OF
    ONE’S OWN’.
    This Book Is A Collection Of Her
    Lectures Delivered At Women’s
    Colleges In Oxford n Cambridge
    Virginia Woolf Took A Historical
    Perspective And Had Analyzed
    Various Female Authors And
    Feminist Critics In A Dramatised
    Way Of Presentation.

    A Life Full Of Breakdowns n Bouts
    Of Depression, Woolf Died Of
    Drowning Herself In The Ouse
    River By Stuffing Her Pockets
    Stones And Going To The Middle
    The River. She Was 59.

    With Husband Leonard
    Woolf, Himself An Author, She
    Had Run Successfully The
    PRESS’ And Thus Also Known As
    Publishers of Note!

    Her Friends’ Circle That Used To
    Have Had Get-Togethers At
    Woolf’s Bloomsbury Villa, Came
    To Be Known As ‘BLOOMSBURY
    Many Authors, Painters n
    Academics Were The Members Of
    The Circle That Included The Likes

    After Woolf’s Death, Her
    Dwindled Sharpely And It Was
    Untill The Late 60s n Early 70s
    A Fresh Plus Abiding Interest
    For Her Works — Thanks To The
    Women’s Liberation Movement!

    Films Were Made On Her Life n
    Works, Chiefly, ‘THE HOURS’ and
    ‘Mrs. DALLOWAY’.
    Today Virginia Woolf’s Works
    Invariably Make Places In The
    Book-Shelves Of Reading
    Fraternity Around The World!



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  • Rookie Caroline Bulleck (7/25/2012 11:45:00 PM) Post reply

    I share the same name and birthday (January 23rd) with princess Caroline of Monaco. And that wasn't planned either.

  • Poemhunter Moderator (5/1/2012 6:18:00 AM) Post reply

    Today in History - 1 May

    1786 - The Marriage of Figaro, an opera buffa composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, premiered at the Burgtheater in Vienna
    1818 - John Keats composes " Fragment of an Ode to Maia"
    1840 - The first official adhesive postage stamp was issued in Great Britain.
    1869 – The Folies Bergère opens in Paris

    1941 - Citizen Kane, a widely acclaimed film by actor and director Orson Welles premiered in New York.
    1967 - Singer Elvis Presley married Priscilla Beaulieu in Las Vegas.
    1978 – Japan's Naomi Uemura, travelling by dog sled, becomes the first person to reach the North Pole alone.
    1983 – Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis is awarded the Lenin Peace Prize.

    2009 – Carol Ann Duffy was elected Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom, the first woman, the first Scot, and the first openly bisexual person to hold the position, as well as the first laureate to be chosen in the 21st century.


    1803 - James Clarence Mangan, Irish poet (d.1849)
    1901 - Sterling Allen Brown, American professor, poet and literary critic (d.1989)
    1969 - Wes Anderson, Director, turns 43

  • Poemhunter Moderator (4/6/2012 1:25:00 AM) Post reply

    Today in History - 06 April

    1327 – The poet Petrarch first sees his idealized love, Laura, in the church of Saint Clare in Avignon

    1869 – Celluloid is patented
    1895 – Oscar Wilde is arrested in London after losing a libel case against the Marquess of Queensberry
    1896 – The first modern Olympic Games opened in Athens, Greece

    1947 – The first Tony Awards are presented for theatrical achievement
    1998 - The Dow Jones industrial average closed above 9,000 points for the first time
    2008 – Egyptian workers staged an illegal general strike, two days before key municipal elections


    1483 – Raphael, Italian painter and architect
    1671 – Jean-Baptiste Rousseau, French poet

    1941 – Gheorghe Zamfir, Romanian musician

    1975 - Zach Braff, American actor, writer
    1976 – Georg Hólm, Icelandic musician (Sigur Rós)

  • Poemhunter Moderator (3/17/2012 3:27:00 AM) Post reply

    Today in History - 17 March

    1941 The National Gallery of Art opened in Washington, D.C
    1950 – Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley announce the creation of element 98, which they name " Californium"
    1973 – The Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph Burst of Joy is taken, depicting a former prisoner of war being reunited with his family


    1919 - Nat King Cole, American singer
    1938 - Rudolf Nureyev, Russian-born ballet dancer and choreographer
    1948 - William Gibson, American writer
    1951 - Kurt Russell, American actor

  • Poemhunter Moderator (3/14/2012 3:16:00 AM) Post reply

    Today in History - 14 March

    1879 - Albert Einstein, the Nobel Prize-winning physicist and one of the great thinkers of the ages, was born
    1883 - Political philosopher Karl Marx died at age 64
    1885 – The Mikado a light opera by W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan, had its first public performance in London

    1931 – Alam Ara, India's first talkie film, is released
    1939 - John Steinbeck'sThe Grapes of Wrath was published
    1952 - The first human life was saved with penicillin, an antibiotic discovered accidentally by Alexander Fleming in 1928

    2005 - About 1 million people rallied in Beirut, Lebanon, demanding Syrian withdrawal and the arrest of ex-Prime Minister Rafik Hariri's killers

    Today's Holidays and Observances

    - White Day, complementary day of Valentine's Day when men give gifts to women - Japan and Korea
    - Pi Day, a holiday commemorating the mathematical constant p (pi)


    1933 – Sir Michael Caine, British actor
    1933 – Quincy Jones, American musician and composer
    1948 – Billy Crystal, American actor and comedian

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