Saturday, April 16, 2011

National poetry month

National poetry month

National Poetry Month
Inspired by other month-long celebrations in the United States, a national literary organization proclaimed April belonged to poetry. And for 15 years, collections of prose by American-born poets have been praised and performed everywhere from classrooms to cafes. How are your reciting abilities?

Maya Angelou
Birth: April 4, 1928 | Locate the place

Superstar poet Maya Angelou delivered one of her most famous poems, “On the Pulse of Morning” during this southern-born president’s inauguration
Robert Frost
Birth: March 26, 1874 | Locate the place

Four-time Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Frost achieved fame with his poetry about rural life in this picturesque region  which is probably why this celebrated president invited him to the inauguration.
Emily Dickinson
Birth: Dec. 10, 1830 | Locate the place

Prolific poet Emily Dickinson penned more than 1,700 poems  but most of them were never published during her lifetime. Some scholars speculate the reclusive writer suffered from a type of anxiety disorder.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Birth: Feb. 27, 1807 | locate the place

Lyric poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was the most famous American prose master of his day. Besides penning his own works, the multilingual Longfellow translated poems of an acclaimed European artist.
Walt Whitman
Birth: May 31, 1819 | Locate the place

Often called “father of the free verse,” Walt Whitman is among the most influential poets in the American canon and a self-publishing icon for his most famous work
Sylvia Plath
Birth: Oct. 27, 1932 | Locate the place

The tragic death of poet Sylvia Plath is almost as famous as her prose. The first poet awarded a Pulitzer Prize posthumously; her most famous work  was published after her passing. In addition, a related disorder bears her name.

T. S. Eliot
Birth: Sept. 26, 1888 | Locate the place

Nobel Prize-winning poet T. S. Eliot spent most of his life living in his adopted homeland.But the famous poet did teach at an Ivy League institution after his disastrous first marriage
Edgar Allan Poe
Birth: Jan. 19, 1809 | Locate the place

Romantic Movement poet, critic and author Edgar Allan Poe is revered for his gothic tales  and as the detective-fiction inventor, but his poetry made him a household name.
Gwendolyn Brooks
Birth: June 7, 1917 | Locate the place

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Gwendolyn Brooks also served as U.S. Poet Laureate among many other literary accolades. Referring to her style as “folksy narrative,” Brooks’ poems often depicted political consciousness and social commentary
Langston Hughes
Birth: Feb. 1, 1902 | Locate the place

Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes achieved international fame using the new jazz-poetry form. But before the literary accolades and admirers Hughes worked non-literary gigs, such as personal assistant to an acclaimed historian.
E. E. Cummings
Birth: Oct. 14, 1894 | Locate the place

Prolific poet E.E. Cummings wrote nearly 3,000 poems  while working other jobs, such as portrait artist for a women’s magazine. The popular poet was also an ardent admirer of a bombastic politician.

Nikki Giovanni
Birth: June 7, 1943 | Locate the place

At the convocation after this campus tragedy, NAACP Image Award-winning poet Nikki Giovanni delivered one of her most significant work.
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