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All About Ekphrastic Poetry

All About Ekphrastic Poetry

According to the Greek philosopher Aristotle, one of the main characteristics of poetry is mimesis. It is the art of mimicking real life and absorbing its essence via the written word. And you can witness this characteristic if you think about...

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Poetry and the Middle East

Poetry and the Middle East

Protest Poetry has long been the people’s choice when it comes to protest and giving voice to a discontent that needs to be heard. Perhaps the need for social reform is at the root of the matter, a desire to see the end of war, a better regard...

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Japanese Poetic Forms

Japanese Poetic Forms

The Japanese Ideal Without much doubt we can assert that the Japanese have a precise way of looking at the world and representing it with a restraint and precision somewhat unique only to them. Not surprisingly then, their approach to the poetic...

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Pulitzer Prize for Poetry

Pulitzer Prize for Poetry

What’s in a Name The name Pulitzer is familiar to most people in connection with the annual prizes awarded for excellence in Letters, Drama, and Music, however few may know the origin of this name and its awards. Joseph Pulitzer, after whom the...

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Prison and Poetry

Prison and Poetry

The Source Poetry by its very nature depends upon the experiences of individuals; the pain, anguish or delirious joy of a moment in time that can be captured and immortalized in the written or spoken word. Throughout history, poets give voice to...

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Australian Poets

Australian Poets

What to Expect Sometimes the image or perception of something is stronger than the actual reality. Perhaps that has been the case with Australia and the arts. The first thought that comes to many people’s mind when they think of this incredible...

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Native American Poetry

Native American Poetry

The Culture Indigenous people exist all around the world and can be classified as those races who inhabited a land before the colonization of it occurred. Perhaps the group most familiar to people is the Native Americans, who were the original...

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Russian poets

Russian poets

Old School Alexander Pushkin is widely regarded as one of the greatest poets of the Romantic era and is certainly one of Russia’s most notable. Born in 1799 in Moscow he sadly only lived to be 37 years old following a fatal injury in a duel! From...

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Famous French Poets

Famous French Poets

Early Influences If you do not speak a particular language it is perhaps difficult to appreciate the significance of any of the literary works that have come from a certain country or culture. For most of us such is the case with the work of...

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Well Known Scottish Poets

Well Known Scottish Poets

The Men When thinking of Scotland and poetry it is likely that the name Robert Burns springs to mind. Certainly, he has become synonymous with all things Scottish and is widely regarded as the national poet of the country. Born in Dumfries in...

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Famous Spanish Poets

Famous Spanish Poets

From Spain Spanish poetry could technically be that written in the Spanish language and therefore include poets that originated from other Spanish speaking countries. Therefore, let’s look at some significant writers both from the country of...

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American Poets Over the Years

American Poets Over the Years

The Early Days William Cullen Bryant is one of the nation’s earliest recorded poets and reportedly descended from one of the pilgrims that arrived on the Mayflower from England. He was born into a well-appointed family in 1794 and his father’s...

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