Dryden and Horace

John Dryden (1631 – 12 May 1700) – English poet, literary critic, and playwright., named England’s first poet laureate in 1668. He was also a translator and translated several classic poets, such as Horace, Juvenal, Ovid, Lucretius, and Theocritus, into English In 1685 he wrote a long poem: Imitation of Horace.Here are two stanzas, based… Read More Dryden and Horace

At Parting

Algernon Charles Swinburne was an English poet, playwright, novelist, and critic, who was born on 5 April 1837.He was famous for his innovative versification, and a central figure in the spread of ideas associated with Pre-Raphaelitism, Aestheticism, and the Symbolist.Swinburne was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature every year from 1903 to 1907 and… Read More At Parting

31st May 1819 – Walt Whitman’s Birthday

    Walt Whitman (1819-1892) was an American poet, essayist, and journalist, often called the father of free verse. His poetry celebrated modern life and took on subjects considered taboo at the time: particularly his poetry collection “Leaves of Grass”, which was described as obscene for its overt sexuality. The following poem “Carpe Diem” is… Read More 31st May 1819 – Walt Whitman’s Birthday