Poet and author James Whitcomb Riley was born on October 7th 1849 in Greenfield, Indiana. Better known as the “Hoosier Poet” for his work with regional dialects, and also as the “Children’s Poet” Riley was born into an influential and well off family. However his education was spotty but he was surrounded by creativity which was to stand him in good stead later in life. His early career was a series of low paid temporary jobs. After stints as a journalist and billboard proprietor he had the resources to dedicate more of his efforts to writing. Riley was prone to drink which was to affect his health and later his career but after a slow start and a lot of submissions he began to gain traction first in newspapers and then with the publication of his dialect poems ‘Boone County Poems’ he came to national recognition. This propelled him to long term contracts to perform on speaking circuits. These were very successful but over the years his star waned. In 1888 he was too drunk to perform and the ensuing publicity made everything seem very bleak for a while. However he overcame that and managed to re-negotiate his contracts so that he received his rightful share of the income and his wealth thereafter increased very quickly. A bachelor, Riley seems to have his writings as his only outlet, and although in his public performances he was well received, his publications were becoming seen as banal and repetitive and sales of these later works began to fall away. Eventually after his last tour in 1895 he retired to spend his final years in Indianapolis writing patriotic poetry. Now in poor health, weakened by years of heavy drinking, Riley, the Hoosier Poet died on July 23, 1916 of a stroke. In a final, unusual tribute, Riley lay in state for a day in the Indiana Statehouse, where thousands came to pay their respects. Not since Lincoln had a public personage received such a send-off. He is buried at Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis. Here we present Riley Love.
Matthew Arnold was an English poet and cultural critic who worked as an inspector of schools. Matthew Arnold has been characterised as a sage writer, a type of writer who chastises and instructs the reader on contemporary social issues.He is sometimes called the third great Victorian poet, along with Alfred, Lord Tennyson and Robert Browning.This week's poem is the first part of Arnold's Lyric Poem 'Switzerland'. - Summary by Wikipedia
A plague of blindness sweeps through Manhattan. Thousands of New Yorkers are stricken. Will the entire city go blind? Once again, Richard Wentworth dons the terrible black garments of the Spider. Once more, the Master of Men plunges into a nightmare of horror against which all lawful authorities are helpless. But this time he faces a foe more cruel and merciless than any before. Amoy! King of the Eyeless Terror. This time the Spider falls into the trap of all traps––the dark, inescapable pit of sightlessness. Blind and enslaved, can even the Spider dig himself out of this fresh hell? Adapted from the October, 1939 issue of The Spider magazine.
A centennial celebration of the Scottish poet. “[A] testament to his apperception and skill in crafting verse on the impulse of things seen and thought.” —PN Review By the time of his death in January 1996, Norman MacCaig was known widely as the grand old man of Scottish poetry, honored by an Order of the British Empire (OBE) and the Queen’s Medal for Poetry. This book is a celebration of MacCaig’s life—published in 2010, the hundredth anniversary of his birth—and it features 100 of his best poems, edited by his son Ewen.Praise for Norman MacCaig “I have always loved the mixture of strictness and susceptibility in Norman MacCaig’s work. It is an ongoing education in the marvelous possibilities of lyric poetry.” —Seamus Heaney “I have read or re-read every poem (in the Collected Poems), and I think it one of the greatest literary experiences of my life.” —Sorley MacLean “Whenever I read his poems, I’m always struck by their undated freshness; everything about them is alive, as new and essential, as ever.” —Ted Hughes
The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark is a tragedy by William Shakespeare. Set in the Kingdom of Denmark, the play dramatizes the revenge Prince Hamlet exacts on his uncle Claudius for murdering King Hamlet, Claudius's brother and Prince Hamlet's father, and then succeeding to the throne and taking as his wife Gertrude, the old king's widow and Prince Hamlet's mother. The play vividly portrays both true and feigned madness – from overwhelming grief to seething rage – and explores themes of treachery, revenge, incest, and moral corruption.
A collection of eclectic poetry penned by three kings of Pulp fiction from the 1930s."Songs of Giants: The Poetry of Pulp" is a collection of 26 poems by writers H.P. Lovecraft, Edgar Rice Burroughs, and Robert E. Howard. Inspired by the illustrated book of the same name by artist Mark Wheatley. The poetry is read by Mark Redfield with a full orchestrated score and sound design by Jennifer Rouse to compliment the theme and dramatic feel of each poem.CREDITS:Original music and Sound Design: Jennifer RouseNarrated by Mark Redfield"Songs of Giants" is a trademark of Mark Wheatley and the content is copyright mark Wheatley, except where noted. All Rights Reserved. All artwork is copyright Mark Wheatley. All Rights Reserved. Used by permission. Robert E. Howard is a trademark of Robert E. Howard Properties, Inc."My Mother Was a Wild Cat", "The Passing o' My Pal Bill", and "I Stood at the Bar" are all from "The Bandit at Hell's Bend" by Edgar Rice Burroughs. Copyright Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. All rights reserved. Trademark Edgar Rice Burroughs owned by Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. and used by permission.This audio recording of "Songs of Giants: The Poetry of Pulp", vocal and original music, is copyright The Mark Redfield Company. All rights reserved.
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