Robert W. Service

Robert W. Service’s Life A popular English poet, Robert William Service was born on January 16, 1874, in Preston, Lancashire, England. His parents had ten children, of which Service was first. His father, Robert Service Sr., was a banker by profession and was…

The Mother

The Mother Robert W. Service There will be a singing in your heart, There will be a rapture in your eyes; You will be a woman set apart, You will be so wonderful and wise. You will sleep, and when…

William Butler Yeats

William Butler Yeats’s Life An Irish romantic poet and leading figure of twentieth century literature, William Butler Yeats was born in Sandymount, County Dublin, on June 13, 1865. His father, John Butler Yeats, was a linen merchant, a soldier, and…

A Prayer for My Daughter

A Prayer for My Daughter William Butler Yeats Once more the storm is howling, and half hid Under this cradle-hood and coverlid My child sleeps on. There is no obstacle But Gregory’s wood and one bare hill Whereby the haystack-…

Lord Byron

Lord Byron’s Life One of the greatest poets in British history, George Gordon Byron played a leading role in the English Romantic movement. Born on January 22, 1788 in London, he was the son of Captain John “Mad Jack” Byron,…

She Walks in Beauty

She Walks in Beauty, Like the Night Lord Byron She walks in beauty, like the night    Of cloudless climes and starry skies; And all that’s best of dark and bright    Meet in her aspect and her eyes; Thus mellowed to…

Langston Hughes

Langston Hughes’s Life Langston Hughes was an American poet, playwright, essayist, columnist, novelist, and lyricist, and was one of the innovators of the new literary art of jazz poetry. Hughes was born in Joplin in the state of Missouri in…

Mother to Son

Mother to Son Langston Hughes Well, son, I’ll tell you: Life for me ain’t been no crystal stair. It’s had tacks in it, And splinters, And boards torn up, And places with no carpet on the floor— Bare. But all…

Eugene Field

Eugene Field’s Life Eugene Field was a well-known American writer, famous for his humorous essays and poetry for children. Born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1850, Field was just four when his mother died. From then onward, his cousin, Mary…

Mother and Child

Mother and Child Eugene Field One night a tiny dewdrop fell Into the bosom of a rose,– “Dear little one, I love thee well, Be ever here thy sweet repose!” Seeing the rose with love bedight, The envious sky frowned…

Claude McKay

Claude McKay’s Life Jamaican poet and novelist Claude McKay was born on September 15, 1889 in Nairne Castle near James Hill, Clarendon, Jamaica. He was the youngest child of his parents. His parents, Hannah Ann Elizabeth Edwards and Thomas Francis…

My Mother

My Mother Claude McKay I Reg wished me to go with him to the field, I paused because I did not want to go; But in her quiet way she made me yield Reluctantly, for she was breathing low. Her…

Dorothy Parker

Dorothy Parker’s Life Dorothy Parker was an American short story writer, poet, satirist, and critic. Born in the West End village of Long Branch, New Jersey on August 22, 1893, Dorothy lived in a summer cottage with her family. Her…

Godmother

Godmother Dorothy Parker The day that I was christened- It’s a hundred years, and more!- A hag came and listened At the white church door, A-hearing her that bore me And all my kith and kin Considerately, for me, Renouncing…

Alicia Elsbeth Stallings

Alicia Elsbeth Stallings’s Life Alicia Elsbeth Stallings is a well-known American poet and translator. She was born in 1968 in Decatur, Georgia, in the United States, and grew up there. She got a solid education in the public school system.…

Recitative

Recitative A. E. Stallings Every night, we couldn’t sleep. Our upstairs neighbors had to keep Dropping something down the hall— A barbell or a bowling ball, And from the window by the bed, Echoing inside my head, Alley cats expended…

Amber Flora Thomas

Amber Flora Thomas’s Life Amber Flora Thomas is a celebrated living American poetess, who was born and raised in San Francisco, in the United States of America. She grew up in an artistic family, as her mother herself was an…

Aubade

Aubade Amber Flora Thomas I know my leaving in the breakfast table mess. Bowl spills into bowl: milk and bran, bread crust crumbled. You push me back into bed. More “honey” and “baby.” Breath you tell my ear circles inside…

Robert Burns

Robert Burns’s Life A famous Scottish lyricist and poet, and celebrated as the Scottish National Poet, Robert Burns was born on January 25, 1759 in Alloway, Scotland. Burns was the eldest of seven children. His father, William Burnes, was a…

A Red, Red Rose

A Red, Red Rose Robert Burns O my Luve’s like a Red, Red Rose That’s newly sprung in June: O my Luve’s like the melodie That’s sweetly play’d in tune! As fair art thou, my bonnie lass, So deep in…