Updated: 06.07.12

 Literature & Poetry

Welcome to the Window of Literature & Poetry. The Internet Provides us with many ways to find the Perfect Literature & Poetry.

I’m a Poet, that doesn’t Know it, but I do know that the Links Listed here will provide you with all you need, to be a Poet, to find a Poet & Poetry, to even play with Poetry. Oh yes and Literature in General, or in Fiction, which ever ones you prefer.

There are those who write or speak Poetry, and those who write or speak Literature Poetically; then there are those who write & speak Literature that is of no Poetry and never Poetic. Writing is writing, speaking is speaking and Literature (famous or not), comes in many forms, so if you’re looking for any of them as well, you’ve come to the right place.

Some poems speak straight to my soul and make me feel I wish I had written it, and then there are those poems that feel like they’re describing me in some metaphoric way. It’s called having a connection with the poem you’re reading (or just Love), and when you read a really really great one, you connect so much to it that the poem itself is remembered for a long long time.

Today's Love Poem

zDaily Love Poems

To me, Love; is Poetry, all by itself. If it’s in motion, it’s Love in Motion and if it‘s standing still, it‘s love instilled. In it’s expressions; it’s touch, it’s softness - or even it’s hardness,, Love in any form is a form of Poetry. When you know Love like I do, you inspire to Love; to spot it and find it, to feel it, to give it and to know it. That to me is poetry, just because it‘s Love.

Love can conquer all, because it takes over so much; it takes control; captures and dominates. And when we can accept it, it’s a Poetry impressed by your heart and soul. Like good poetry worthy of reading; Understand it, Define it, Explain it, Feel it and Defend it, and you will and you won’t - still you can feel it. That to me is Love. - by * Ari R. Kolman

Speaking of Love (which I do all the time), I have had a connection with one in particular that I still Love the Most, and it’s by Shakespeare. The first time in 1999 when I read the following poem it grabbed me in such a profound way that I felt instantly during the read, that it was written with the same feelings I had about many things.

P o e t r y - b y * S h a k e s p e a r e

His tongue to conceive, nor his heart to report, what,
My dream was.
-Ib [218]

The lunatic, the lover, and the poet,
Are of imagination all compact: One sees more devils than vast hell can hold,

That is, the madman; the lover, all as frantic,
Sees Helen’s beauty in a brow of Egypt:

The poet’s eye, in a fine frenzy rolling,
Doth glance from heaven to earth, from earth to heaven;
And, as imagination bodies forth
The forms of things unknown,

The airy nothing
A local habitation and a name.
Such tricks hath strong imagination,
That, if it would but apprehend some joy,

It comprehends some bringer of that joy; Or in the night, imagining some fear, how easy is a bush suppos’d a bear!
-Ib. v. i. 7

That is the true beginning of our end.
Consider then we come but in despite.
We do not come as minding to content

Our true intent is. All for your Delight,
We are not here.
-Ib. [111]

* Shakespeare

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The Great William Shakespeare (1564–1616), is one of the greats, and while he caused much controversy, he also earned lavish praise and has profoundly impacted the world over in areas of literature, culture, art, theatre, and film and is considered one of the best English language writers ever.

There is so much to read about him & from him so to learn more about him and read his great poetry, quotes and biography, please click the image above for "The Literature Network / Shakespeare" page of all that, with Related Links & Articles, Quizzes & More..

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Reading Poetry can be inspiring & uplifting, writing Poetry can be great & exciting, so finding out about certain Poets can give you incites beyond inspiring; uplifting, great & exciting. Incites that are deep and in-lodged in your heart and soul for a long time. Because when you find out about a Poet, you may find out that he reminds you of someone you know or even yourself.

Such is my Story with Poet William Blake. One of the reasons I appreciate William Blake’s poetry is because of his history, experience & understanding of certain things. Young William was prone to fantastic visions, including seeing God, and Angels in a tree.

He would later claim that he had regular conversations with his deceased brother Robert. It was soon apparent that Blake’s internal world of spirituality & imagination would be a prime motivator throughout his life. Though it is hard to classify Blake’s body of work in one genre, he heavily influenced the Romantic poets with recurring themes of good and evil; heaven and hell, knowledge and innocence and external reality versus inner.

P o e t r y - by * W i l l i a m B l a k e

* Night

The sun descending in the West,
The evening star does shine;
The birds are silent in their nest,
And I must seek for mine.
The moon, like a flower
In heaven's high bower,
With silent delight,
Sits and smiles on the night.

Farewell, green fields and happy groves,
Where flocks have took delight,
Where lambs have nibbled, silent moves
The feet of angels bright;
Unseen, they pour blessing,
And joy without ceasing,
On each bud and blossom,
And each sleeping bosom.

They look in every thoughtless nest
Where birds are covered warm;
They visit caves of every beast,
To keep them all from harm:
If they see any weeping
That should have been sleeping,
They pour sleep on their head,
And sit down by their bed.

When wolves and tigers howl for prey,
They pitying stand and weep;
Seeking to drive their thirst away,
And keep them from the sheep.
But, if they rush dreadful,
The angels, most heedful,
Receive each mild spirit,
New worlds to inherit.

And there the lion's ruddy eyes
Shall flow with tears of gold:
And pitying the tender cries,
And walking round the fold:
Saying: 'Wrath by His meekness,
And, by His health, sickness,
Is driven away
From our immortal day.

'And now beside thee, bleating lamb,
I can lie down and sleep,
Or think on Him who bore thy name,
Graze after thee, and weep.
For, washed in life's river,
My bright mane for ever
Shall shine like the gold,
As I guard o'er the fold.'

* William Blake

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Going against common conventions of the time, Blake believed in sexual and racial equality and justice for all, rejected the Old Testament’s teachings in favour of the New, and abhorred oppression in all its forms.

Abhorred or abhorrence (n): means hatred, loathing, detestation, disgust, repugnance, revulsion, abomination (literary), aversion (formal).

Oppression (n): means domination, coercion, cruelty, tyranny, repression, subjugation, persecution, harassment, etc.

There is so much to read about him & from him, so to learn more about him and read his great poetry, quotes and biography, please click the image above for "The Literature Network / William Blake" page of all that, with Related Links & Articles, Quizzes & More..

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Poets are amazing at expression, and reading Poetry can really help people with their own processes of expression. Like a reaction but in Words that are perfectly placed for others to understand - or not understand but really try to.

Over a life time we find that we meet many people who lack expression, or being able to express themselves through spoken words or writing. Some are good with one or the other & and some are good with both. Some are born that way and some have to work on it. Some feel there is no reason to express, and some know that they have to.

Poetry [pṓ itri] n -
1. literature in verse: literary works written in verse, in particular verse writing of high quality, great beauty, emotional sincerity or intensity, or profound insight
2. particular poems considered collectively: all the poems written by a particular poet, in a particular language or form, or on a particular subject - a collection of love poetry
3. writing of poems: the art or skill of writing poems
4. prose like poetry: writing in prose that has a poetic quality
5. beauty or grace: something that resembles poetry in its beauty, rhythmic grace, or imaginative, elevated, or decorative style
6. poetic quality: a poetic or particularly beautiful or graceful quality in something
[14th century. < medieval Latin poetria < Latin poeta
Literature [líttərəchər] n -
1. written works with artistic value: written works, e.g. fiction, poetry, drama, and criticism, that are recognized as having important or permanent artistic value
2. body of written works: the body of written works of a culture, language, people, or period of time - Russian literature
3. writings on subject: the body of published work concerned with a particular subject - scientific literature
4. body of music: the body of musical compositions for a particular instrument or group of instruments - literature for the piano
5. printed information: printed matter such as brochures or leaflets that give information - the company's promotional literature
6. production of literary works: the creation of literary work, especially as an art or occupation
[14th century. Via French < Latin litteratura < litteratus (see literate)]
Literate [líttərət] adj -
1. able to read and write: having the ability to read and write
2. knowledgeable: having a good understanding of a particular subject
3. well-educated and well-read: well-educated and cultured, especially with respect to literature or writing
4. skilfully written: showing skill in the techniques of writing - a literate account of the voyage
n (plural literates)
1. somebody capable of reading and writing: somebody who is able to read and write
2. somebody with extensive education: a well-educated, learned, or cultured person
[15th century. < Latin litteratus < littera 'letter']
Encarta ® World English Dictionary ©

There are issues in the world that we care about, or don’t care about; or hate or love. You can express how you feel about any issue through Literature; through Poetry, it sure feels good once you’ve done so and it doesn’t have to even rhyme so.

Such is the case of Walt Whitman, described as an American poet, essayist, journalist, and humanist. He expressed his philosophy on such issues as democracy, war, politics, race, and slavery. Some of his poems are patriotic; some of them celebrations of nature and homosexual love; with vivid descriptions of the human form.

Poetry - by * Walt Whitman

I saw in Louisiana a live-oak growing,

All alone stood it, and the moss hung down from the branches;
Without any companion it grew there, uttering joyous leaves of dark green,
And its look, rude, unbending, lusty, made me think of myself;
But I wonder'd how it could utter joyous leaves, standing alone there,
without its friend, its lover near--for I knew I could not;
Yet it remains to me a curious token--it makes me think of manly love;
For all that, and though the live-oak glistens there in Louisiana, solitary, in a wide flat space,
Uttering joyous leaves all its life, without a friend, a lover, near,
I know very well I could not.
And broke off a twig with a certain number of leaves upon it, and twined around it a little moss,
And brought it away--and I have placed it in sight in my room;
It is not needed to remind me as of my own dear friends,
(For I believe lately I think of little else than them:)
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Whitman is among the most influential poets in the American canon, often called the father of free verse. His work was very controversial in its time, particularly his poetry collection" Leaves of Grass", which was described as obscene for its overt sexuality.

Whitman's sexuality is often discussed alongside his poetry. Though biographers continue to debate his sexuality, he is usually labelled as either homosexual or bisexual. It is not clear if Whitman had sexual relationships with men. Whitman was concerned with politics throughout his life. He supported the Wilmot Proviso and opposed the extension of slavery generally, but did not believe in the abolitionist movement.

Whitman's poetry depicts love and sexuality in a more earthy, individualistic way common in American culture before the medicalization of sexuality in the late 1800s. To read his great poetry, quotes and biography, please click the image above for "The Literature Network / Walt Whitman" page of all that, with Related Links & Articles, Quizzes & More..

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When people have nothing better to do than spread rumours about your Personal Life, they probably don’t have a life themselves, or their Personal Life is so boring they’re just Jealous.

Can’t a beautiful Poet just be left alone to write Poetry for those who appreciate it. Or should we all just write poetry for ourselves. No we shouldn’t, Poetry is to share with others, because in sharing with others there is Poetry. Another Poet’s Personal Life that was prone to rumours, was the Great Oscar Wild; even though he Married and Fathered two children.

P o e t r y - b y * O s c a r W i l d e

* Tristitiae

O well for him who lives at ease
With garnered gold in wide domain,
Nor heeds the splashing of the rain,
The crashing down of forest trees.

O well for him who ne'er hath known
The travail of the hungry years,
A father grey with grief and tears,
A mother weeping all alone.

But well for him whose foot hath trod
The weary road of toil and strife,
Yet from the sorrows of his life.
Builds ladders to be nearer God.

* The True Knowledge

Thou knowest all; I seek in vain
What lands to till or sow with seed--
The land is black with briar and weed,
Nor cares for falling tears or rain.

Thou knowest all; I sit and wait
With blinded eyes and hands that fail,
Till the last lifting of the veil
And the first opening of the gate.

Thou knowest all; I cannot see.
I trust I shall not live in vain,
I know that we shall meet again
In some divine eternity.

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Wilde's years of triumph ended dramatically, after being accused of "posing as a homosexual", and when his intimate Love Affair with Alfred Douglas (the son of a right-winged conservative Heterosexual that constantly threatened him to stay away) led to his trial & conviction on charges of Homosexuality (when being a Gay Man was illegal in Britain).

He was a Lover of Beauty; profoundly affected by beauty, and he lived and dressed flamboyantly; compared to the typical Victorian styles and mores of the time, yet he was often publicly ridiculed, caricatured and the target of much moral outrage in Europe and America.

His writings such as Dorian Gray with homoerotic themes also brought much controversy for him but he was part of the ever-growing movement of 'decadents' who advocated pacifism, social reform, and libertarianism. To read his great poetry, quotes and biography, please click the image above for "The Literature Network / Oscar Wilde" page of all that, with Related Links & Articles, Quizzes & More..

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At The Literature Network ( wonderful you’ll be able to find all the Poets & Authors I’ve posted about up to now. Further down this window; below the links listing - I’ve posted more paragraphs for even more Poets of beauty, and lots of the information I found of them is from else where. I want you to be able to find who you want to find; read who you want to read about, and feel inspired to write about what ever it is you want to write about.

So one more to tell you about before we get to the Links Listing, and when ever you come here you can either read about them, or skip them to Shoot Down where the Links are. Another incredible Poet dear to my heart, went by the name of Henry David Thoreau, and he was an American Transcendentalist, philosopher, abolitionist, naturalist, essayist, and poet. He wrote Walden; or, Life in the Woods - 1854;

* L i f e i n t h e W o o d s. - by * Henry David Thoreau

“The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. What is called resignation is confirmed desperation. .... A stereotyped but unconscious despair is concealed even under what are called the games and amusements of mankind.”--Ch. 1

* Henry David Thoreau

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It is said that “writing on such varied topics as Economy, Reading, Winter Animals, and Solitude, Thoreau spent just over two years in a cabin he built on the edge of Walden Pond on the property of Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Emerson was also a great American Transcendentalist poet; philosopher, lecturer, and essayist who wrote the poem "Nature" in 1836 - however this window has only so much room to be posting everyone I appreciate & think is great.

You can find everyone I told you about above, at my amazon links in the first section of the Listing below, but to read their great poetry, quotes and biography right away and not go to amazon, please make sure you visit ✦ The Literature Network page of Authors linked in the List below (or click any of their pictures above just to enter the site). Once again; there you will find all the Authors they provide information for, along with Related Links, Articles, Quizzes & More.. Enjoy.

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* Misunderstanding

my hand

her thigh.
By the way
she moved
I could see
her devotion
to literature
was not
* Irving Layton
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Irving Layton, is described as the flamboyant poet, and he died in Montreal at age 93. He himself described himself as; not flamboyant but, "a quiet madman, never far from tears." He was a Canadian Poet and known for his "tell it like it is" style which won him a wide following but also made enemies (as per usual).

Layton was born to Jewish parents, and immigrated with his family to Montreal, Quebec in 1913; then was forced to live in an impoverished neighbourhood. There Layton and his family faced daily struggles with & among Montreal's French Canadians, who were uncomfortable with the growing numbers of Jewish newcomers. Layton, however, identified himself not as an observant Jew but rather as a freethinker.

He quickly found that his true interest was poetry, so pursued a career as a poet and became friends with the emerging young poets of his day, including fellow Canadian poets John Sutherland, Raymond Souster, and Louis Dudek.

There’s lots to tell you about him, and there’s lots I didn’t tell you so, to read more about Irving Layton, please click the image above for Love The” Irving Layton’s Biography Page. ✦ Love the Poem and their main page of Famous Poets & Authors, is Linked in Listing above, so please visit as often as you feel inspired to, and know that on their homepage you can even submit your poem after you create one.

Leonard Cohen @ ✦

Canada, The States or The rest of the World. Sold in Stores or not, everywhere on this earth there are people who are writing incredible poetry. Some people just write them for themselves, and some get them published for the world to see. For the world to enjoy and for the world to sing; because not only are they published as written material & Literature, but also within extraordinary poetic songs.

There are a lot of song writers out there that write incredible poetry for their Lyrics, with music and melody behind them, they can achieve something that; just writing the poetry down on paper and getting it published can not. Adding Poetic & meaningful words with powerful statements into a song that is easy to listen to; can make those words and powerful statements become a product of the greatest song many people have ever heard.

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Not a Night Club Dance Song, a real song with real instruments; real words, real motivation & inspiration uplifting the Listener. The listeners who are understanding those words in a positive mind set (as they apply to their life), can enjoy the song for hours and know the song for years.

The listener that gets depressed and saddened by the song, will be to busy to enjoy it or know it for years, but they will be affected by it, and that could lead to positive Change; because even from Sadness we can learn, grow, help others and Change ourselves for the better. I have tried in my way to be free, and poetry in music helps a lot, while I’m being me.

* Bird On The Wire - by * Leonard Cohen


Like a bird on the wire,
like a drunk in a midnight choir
I have tried in my way to be free.
Like a worm on a hook,
like a knight from some old fashioned book
I have saved all my ribbons for thee.
But I swear by this song
and by all that I have done wrong
I will make it all up to thee.
If I, if I have been unkind,
I hope that you can just let it go by.
If I, if I have been untrue
I hope you know it was never to you.
I saw a beggar leaning on his wooden crutch,
he said to me, "You must not ask for so much."
Like a baby, stillborn,
like a beast with his horn
I have torn everyone who reached out for me.
And a pretty woman leaning in her darkened door,
she cried to me, "Hey, why not ask for more?"
  Oh like a bird on the wire,
like a drunk in a midnight choir
I have tried in my way to be free.
  * Leonard Cohen

Leonard Norman Cohen, is a Canadian singer-songwriter, musician, poet, novelist, and artist with the most unique & soothing baritone voice.

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Cohen published his first book of poetry in Montreal in 1956 and his first novel in 1963. His work often deals with the exploration of religion, isolation, sexuality and complex interpersonal relationships.

Musically, Cohen's earliest songs were rooted in European folk music. In the 1970s, his material encompassed pop, cabaret and world music.

"I had a very Messianic childhood," he said in 1967. He attended Herzliah High School, where he studied with poet Irving Layton. As a teenager he learned to play the guitar, subsequently forming a country-folk group called the Buckskin Boys.

In 1951, Cohen enrolled at McGill University, and his Literary influences during this time included Yeats, Whitman and Henry Miller. His first published book of poetry, Let Us Compare Mythologies (1956), was published under Louis Dudek as the first book in the McGill Poetry Series while Cohen was still an undergraduate student.

After completing an undergraduate degree, Cohen spent a term in McGill's law school and a year (1956-7) at Columbia University. Cohen applied a strong work ethic to his early and keen literary ambitions. He wrote poetry and fiction through much of the 1960s, and preferred to live in quasi-reclusive circumstances.

After moving to Hydra, a Greek island, Cohen published the poetry collection Flowers for Hitler (1964), and the novels The Favourite Game (1963) and Beautiful Losers (1966). The Favourite Game is an autobiographical bildungsroman about a young man who discovers his identity through writing.

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Bob Dylan (born Robert Allen Zimmerman on May 24, 1941) is an American singer-songwriter, painter and poet, who has been a major influence on popular music for five decades. Much of his most celebrated work dates from the 1960s when he was, at first, an informal chronicler and then an apparently reluctant figurehead of social unrest. A number of his songs such as Blowin' in the Wind and The Times They Are a-Changin' became anthems for both the civil rights and the anti-war movements.

Dylan's early lyrics incorporated political, social and philosophical, as well as literary, influences.

Dylan was included in the Time 100: The Most Important People of the Century where he was called "master poet, caustic social critic and intrepid, guiding spirit of the counterculture generation". In 2004, he was ranked number two in Rolling Stone magazine's list of "Greatest Artists of All Time".

Initially modelling his style on the songs of Woody Guthrie, and lessons learnt from the blues of Robert Johnson, Dylan added increasingly sophisticated lyrical techniques to the folk music of the early 60s, infusing it "with the intellectualism of classic literature and poetry".

* Blowing In The Wind - * by Bob Dylan

How many roads must a man walk down, before they call him a man
How many seas must a white dove sail, before she sleeps in the sand
How many times must the cannonballs fly, before they are forever banned

The answer, my friend, is blowing in the wind
The answer is blowing in the wind

How many years must a mountain exist, before it is washed to the sea
How many years can some people exist, before they're allowed to be free
How many times can a man turn his head, and pretend that he just doesn't see

The answer, my friend, is blowing in the wind, The answer is blowing in the wind

How many times must a man look up, before he can see the sky
How many years must one man have, before he can hear people cry
How many deaths will it take till he knows, that too many people have died

The answer, my friend, is blowing in the wind, The answer is blowing in the wind

* Bob Dylan

Throughout 1963, Dylan worked on a novel and a play. A number of publishers were interested in signing Dylan to a contract, however, as Dylan worked on his book at a casual pace, his manager, Albert Grossman, decided to make a deal with a major publisher.

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Macmillan's senior editor, Bob Markel, said, "We gave [Dylan] an advance for an untitled book of writings...The publisher was taking a risk on a young, untested potential phenomenon." When Markel met with Dylan for the first time, "there was no book at the time...

The material at that point was hazy, sketchy. The poetry editor called it 'inaccessible.' The symbolism was not easily understood, but on the other hand it was earthy, filled with obscure but marvellous imagery...I felt it had a lot of value and was very different from Dylan's output till then. [But] it was not a book."

It would be years before Dylan finished his book, but the free form poetry experiments that came from it eventually influenced his song writing. The most notable example came in a six-line coda to a poem responding to President John F. Kennedy's assassination in 1963.

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Arthur Rimbaud @ ✦

Rimbaud(self-portrait) in Harar in 1883. Click The Image anytime to enter Wikipedia's Extensive Information page about Arthur Rimbaud's Poetry, Works, Cultural Legacy, Life Biography, his death so much more.

Now who is Arthur Rimbaud? Well his whole name is Jean Nicolas Arthur Rimbaud and he was a beautiful French poet, born in Charleville. He produced his best known works while still in his late teens, and gave up creative writing altogether before he reached 21 - Victor Hugo described him as "an infant Shakespeare" .

He remained a prolific letter-writer all his life. Rimbaud was known to have been a French Libertine and a restless soul, travelling extensively on three continents before his premature death from cancer less than a month after his 37th birthday.

However, because his writing stresses liberation; the French "boy-poet", whose art is based solely on his individual creativity, is a progenitor of Modern Gay Poetics. He was an exceptional child, who excelled in academic work by mastering two levels in one year.

* The Tortured Heart ("Le Coeur volé") - by * Arthur Rimbaud


My sad heart drools at the poop,  
My heart full of tobacco juice:
They squirt on it their jets of soup,  
My sad heart drools at the poop: When they've exhausted their quids,
Beneath the jeers of the troop How shall we act, o stolen heart?
Who burst forth with a general laugh There will be drinking songs
My sad heart drools at the poop, When they've exhausted their quids
My heart full of tobacco juice. My stomach will heave
  If my sad heart is gobbled down
Standing phallic and soldierlike When they've exhausted their quids
Their insults have depraved it How shall we act, o stolen heart?
At vespers they make frescoes  
Standing phallic and soldierlike  
O waves, abracadabrantesque   * Arthur Rimbaud
Take my heart, let it be saved  
Standing phallic and soldierlike  
Their insults have depraved it  
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In 1870, Rimbaud first traveled to Paris. His first sexual experience may have occurred there in 1871 in a barracks with a group of soldiers; his poem "The Stolen Heart" ("Le Coeur volé") may describe such an experience and may be interpreted in terms of sexual seduction or initiation.

Rimbaud met Paul Verlaine on his trip to Paris in 1870 and received an invitation to come to Paris in September 1871. Although Verlaine was married and ten years Rimbaud's senior, a homosexual relationship between the two men ensued. For the next year and a half, they were together in Paris in the Latin Quarter, in the cafés, and in the literary salons.

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Gore Vidal became an American novelist, screenwriter, playwright, essayist, short story writer, actor and politician. Early in his career he wrote the ground-breaking “The City and the Pillar (1948),” which (as per usual) outraged mainstream critics as one of the first major American novels to feature unambiguous homosexuality. By such actions as his voluminous essays and a public debate with William F. Buckley Jr., Vidal has long been known as one of the most prominent public intellectuals of the 20th century.

Vidal was born Eugene Luther Vidal Jr. in West Point, New York, and the only child of Lieutenant Eugene Luther Vidal (1895–1969) and Nina S. Gore (1903–1978). He was born in the Cadet Hospital of the United States Military Academy, where his father was the first aeronautics instructor, and was christened by the headmaster of St. Albans preparatory school, his future alma mater.

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He is important for the gay literary heritage because of the straightforwardness with which he has pursued gay themes and included gay characters in his work, beginning in his teens when he wrote his first novel, Williwaw (1946). He has also steadily upped the ante about what sorts of gay material could be included in his mainstream works and as a result has made it easier for a wide range of other writers to find public acknowledgment of their material.

The City and the Pillar, which was his third novel, is the story of professional tennis player Jim Willard (a man who never outgrows a boyhood crush on his best friend Bob Ford).

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Allen Ginsberg @ ✦

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Poetry by * Allen Ginsberg: "The air is dark, the night is sad, I lie sleepless and I groan. Nobody cares when a man goes mad: He is sorry, God is glad. Shadow changes into bone."

"Every shadow has a name; When I think of mine I moan, I hear rumors of such fame. Not for pride, but only shame, Shadow changes into bone."

"When I blush I weep for joy, And laughter drops from me like a stone: The aging laughter of the boy, To see the ageless dead so coy. Shadow changes into bone." - * Refrain.

Irwin Allen Ginsberg (June 3, 1926 – April 5, 1997) was an American poet. Ginsberg is best known for the poem "Howl" (1956), celebrating his friends who were members of the Beat Generation and attacking what he saw as the destructive forces of materialism and conformity in the United States.

His father was a poet and a high school teacher. Ginsberg's mother (who was affected by a rare psychological illness which was never properly diagnosed), was an active member of the Communist Party and often took Ginsberg and his brother Eugene to party meetings.

As a young teenager, Ginsberg began to write letters to The New York Times about political issues such as World War II and workers' rights. While in high school, Ginsberg began reading Walt Whitman; he said he was inspired by his teacher's passion in reading.

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In Ginsberg's freshman year at Columbia he met fellow undergraduate Lucien Carr, who introduced him to a number of future Beat writers including Jack Kerouac, William S. Burroughs, and John Clellon Holmes.

They bonded because they saw in one another excitement about the potential of the youth of America, a potential which existed outside the strict conformist confines of post-World War II McCarthy-era America. Ginsberg and Carr talked excitedly about a "New Vision" (a phrase adapted from Arthur Rimbaud) for literature and America.

Later in his life, Ginsberg formed a bridge between the beat movement of the 1950s and the hippies of the 1960s, befriending, among others, Timothy Leary, Ken Kesey, and Bob Dylan. Ginsberg gave his last ever reading at Booksmith, a bookstore located in the Haight Ashbury neighbourhood of San Francisco, a few months before his death.

From his birth to his death in just 6 paragraphs, without mentioning so much, requires you to find out what that much is all about. His full biography, his relationships, his literary activity, and so much more should be read from the recommended links to the pages that have it all. The information of him here - I found in two places: Wikipedia and The ✦ Site. Click the first image of Allen for Wikipedia’s Extensive Information page about him, and Click the second image for the ✦ Page with many Poems that were written by him.

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People are reading books of poetry, but maybe one of the books of poetry should be with your poems in it. Maybe if you stop being so scared thinking that writing a poem has to be just so, before everyone reads it, you’d be able to sit down and write what’s in your mind; what’s in your heart, and “it doesn’t have to be perfect” - is the best part.

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That’s good enough for me to publish what about you? You can publish it online even in your blog, or in your web journal, but at some point you will publish it because it’s to good to just let it sit in a box and collect dust.

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