Information about the lives and works of famous poets
Charlotte Elliott – Poet and Hymn Writer
Charlotte Elliott, the English poet and hymn writer, wrote the world famous hymn Just As I Am. But she was not always a devout Christian!
Deaf Poetry- an oxymoron?
A look at a portion of "The Mute's Lament" by Deaf poet, John Carlin.
Emily Dickinson's House
Does where a poet writes influence their poetry? A look at how (and if) exploring Emily Dickinson's house helps us to understand her poetry.
How Robert Burns Shaped the Scottish Identity
How could a poet’s works be so fundamental to a country that they actually help shape that society’s national identity? Ask Robert Burns and the people who still celebrate his life today.
John Milton - Paradise Lost
John Milton was one of England's greatest poets. His magnum opus was the epic poem Paradise Lost, arguably one of the most noteworthy works in all of English Literature.
José Martí Biography
Imprisoned for treason at 16, José Martí would spend years in exile and become one of the most important figures and poets in Cuban history. You probably already know one of his poems. Learn more about him.
Lady Lazarus – A Poem by Sylvia Plath
Sylvia Plath is a famous American Poet and writer. She wrote many autobiographical works and what is termed Confessional Poetry. Lady Lazarus is one of her autobiographical works and deals with her many suicide attempts.
Rabindranath Tagore – Poet and Visionary
Rabindranath Tagore is an important person in Indian history and has played a major role in Indian literature in general and in Bengali Literature in particular. his Gitanjali is one of his best works. One of the poems in the Gitanjali is his Where The Mind Is Without Fear, which is even taught to c
Robert Frost – Poetry for Every Season
Robert Frost considered himself a lone wolf, because he was writing in a time when vagueness was becoming a poetic virtue in American poetry. Frost is a poet you can always trust to be putting his best words forward.
Rumi [offsite link]
A collection of works by the sufi poet, Jalaluddin Rumi.
Sarojini Naidu - The Nightingale of India
Sarojini Naidu - the Nightingale of India was not just a poet but also a fiery politician. Her contributions to both Indian politics and well as Indian literature are quite formidable.
The Life of Edgar Allan Poe
Now seen as the quintessential starving, suffering artist, Edgar Allan Poe undoubtedly met with much heartache in his forty years. But how much do we really know about his life?
The Life of Ezra Pound
He would help to change the shape of American poetry forever. But Ezra Pound would later be tried for treason against his homeland and spend twelve years in a mental institution. Learn more about the life of one of America’s most influential poets.
The Life of John Donne
He fought the Spanish, was friends with the King, and eloped with his teenage bride. He was a politician, a lawyer, a father of 11, a priest—and a poet whose works have endured for four centuries. Learn more about John Donne!
The Life of Pablo Neruda
For 16 years, he represented Chile around the world. He was driven out of his homeland. He was denied the Nobel. He won it. He became an ambassador for Salvador Allende. He died days after Allende was deposed. From a life of dramatic highs and lows, Pablo Neruda created beautiful poetry.
The William Blake Archive [offsite link]
An online compendium of the works of William Blake. Includes poems, bio and artwork.
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