Solitude

American poet Ella Wheeler Wilcox was born on 5 November 1850 Her best-known work was “Solitude”, famous for its opening lines:Laugh, and the world laughs with you;Weep, and you weep alone. These lines have often been ridiculed but even her detractors have to admit that ‘Solitude’ remains successful as a piece of poetry about loneliness.… Read More Solitude

Alone

ALONE From childhood’s hour I have not beenAs others were — I have not seenAs others saw — I could not bringMy passions from a common spring —From the same source I have not takenMy sorrow — I could not awakenMy heart to joy at the same tone —And all I lov’d — I lov’d… Read More Alone

Waterloo Sunset 🎶

On 5 May 1967 the Kinks released “Waterloo Sunset”, a single which was also their first single available in true stereo.The song was originally entitled “Liverpool Sunset”, because songwriter and singer Ray Davies loved the city and its music.But when The Beatles released “Penny Lane”, the title changed because another song about Liverpool may have… Read More Waterloo Sunset 🎶

Inspiration

Brenda Ueland, journalist, editor and writer was born on this day, 24 October 1891, and died in 1985She was a pioneer in creative writing, best known for her guide on writing “If You Want To Write: A Book about Art, Independence and Spirit” (1938).According to her every human being is able to write well: “This… Read More Inspiration

Music

English poet and playwright Robert Browning was born on 7 May 1812, and died in 1889. In his dramatic monologue Balaustion’s Adventure (1871) we read a beautiful line (l. 323): “And (he) who hears music, feels his solitude Peopled at once” “E chi ascolta la musica, sente la sua solitudine popolarsi all’improvviso”