Category Archives: Poetry

June 11

Renée Vivien and the Trials of Lesbian Poetry

On the 11th of June 1877, English poet Renée Vivien (née Pauline Mary Tarn) was born in London to a wealthy British father and an American mother. She adopted her French name at the age of twenty-one after moving to Paris, where she lived a notorious bohemian lifestyle defined by her quirky style of dressing, turbulent […]

May 21

Disability and Creativity: Alexander Pope

On the 21st of May 1688, English poet Alexander Pope was born in London, England. At twelve, Pope composed his earliest extant work, Ode to Solitude; the same year saw the onset of the debilitating bone deformity that would plague Pope until the end of his life. Originally attributed to the severity of his studies, […]

April 23

‘Under the Glacier’ by Halldór Kiljan Laxness

Welcome to another day of the Easter Quote Week… Enjoy! On the 23rd of April 1902, Halldór Kiljan Laxness was born in  Reykjavík, Iceland. The only Icelandic Nobel laureate in literature (1955), Laxness was a prolific writer of poetry, novels, short stories, plays, articles and travelogues. Major influences on his writings include August Strindberg, Sigmund Freud, Sinclair […]

April 20

Easter, 1916 by W. B. Yeats

 Easter Quote Week Easter, 1916 is a poem by W. B. Yeats charting the poet’s torn emotions regarding the events of the Easter Rising staged in Ireland against British rule on Easter Monday, 24th of April 1916. The uprising was a failure, and most of the Irish republican leaders involved were executed for treason. The […]

March 26

Spermatic Imagery in Whitman’s Leaves of Grass

On the 26th of March 1892, American poet Walt Whitman died in Camden, New Jersey, aged 72. A humanist, whose work progresses from realism to transcendentalism, he is probably America’s best loved poet. His collection Leaves of Grass, which he published in 1855 with his own money, is an American epic dedicated to the common […]

March 25

Stories of Venice: Joseph Brodsky’s ‘Watermark’

According to legend, on the 25th of March 421, Venice was founded. Its founding is identified with the dedication of the first church San Giacomo at the islet of Rialto. Nevertheless, it has been hard to place it within historical context, as the church had not been mentioned in any form of document until 1152. […]

January 19

Ginsberg’s Visionary Illuminations under Cézanne

Today we celebrate the 175th anniversary of Paul Cézanne’s birthday. The famous Post-Impressionist was born on the 19th of January 1839 in Aix-en-Provence, France. His life-long adventure with painting resulted in a breakthrough theory on the modes of perception of reality. His phenomenological approach towards nature, and its impact on the creative process, has inspired […]