Queen Elizabeth I & Venetian Ceruse (part 2)

In 1562, Elizabeth I contracted smallpox which left her face pockmarked (see here). Since the queen had always been proud of her beauty, she feared this would spoil her image, showing a flawlessly fair skin, the typical look of the upper class, nobility and earthly perfection.Since she was aware that as the queen, she couldn’t… Read More Queen Elizabeth I & Venetian Ceruse (part 2)

WCW: “Arrival”

William Carlos Williams (born on 17 September 1883) was an American poet associated with the Imagist movement, who rejected traditional conventions of rhyme and meter, and used brusque, colloquial, and incisive American-English in his poetry. (see here) Here is a poem taken from one of his early collections, “Sour Grapes ” (1921) Arrival And yet… Read More WCW: “Arrival”

Occult

“Happiness is not reliable. Melancholy is reliable.” American author Joyce Carol Oates was born on 16 June 1938. Known for her extensive literary output in a variety of styles and genres, she has published over fifty novels, as well as many volumes of short stories, poetry, and non-fiction.She is one of the most insightful observers… Read More Occult

Wisdom

Sara Teasdale was an American lyric poet born in St. Louis, Missouri on 8 August 1884 In 1918, she won the Columbia University Poetry Society Prize for her collection Love Songs.The prize was later officially renamed the Pulitzer Prize. after newspaper publisher Joseph PulitzerWeakened after a difficult bout with pneumonia, she died by suicide in… Read More Wisdom

W. B. Yeats

William Butler Yeats one of the greatest poets of the 20th century, was born at Sandymount, Ireland. on 13 June 1865 The Old Men Admiring Themselves in the Water I heard the old, old men say,“Everything alters,And one by one we drop away.”They had hands like claws, and their kneesWere twisted like the old thorn-treesBy… Read More W. B. Yeats