Few know that Richard Wright, author of Black Boy and Native Son, wrote haiku in his last year of life. Like Ginsberg and Kerouac he is an American pioneer of the form.
Was William Topaz McGonagall the world's worst poet? Is there anybody else that could offer up such appalling verse and tortuous doggerel? Judge for yourselves but you may come to love this great Scottish eccentric.
The poetry of William Carlos Williams deals with the everyday things in life. Wheelbarrows, plums, starlings and flowers are valid objects for this poet who was also a doctor.
Not many English speakers know that woman as well as men wrote haiku in pre-modern Japan, but Chiyo-ni (Kaga no Chiyo) is considered one of the great masters of the form. Here are some of her poems with links.
The Ern Malley affair is one the most important literary hoaxes of the 20th century. It grew out of a hatred of and the desire to debunk the avant-garde style of modernism.
The history of the interaction between poetry and the visual arts is both long and broad, stretching not only far back into history, but also to all parts of the globe we inhabit. In almost every culture, poetry has reacted to the visual arts, and...
The story and history behind the famous quotation: Sound, sound the clarion, fill the fife! To all the sensual world proclaim, One crowded hour of glorious life Is worth an age without a name. By Thomas Osbert Mordaunt and Sir Walter Scott
A tribute to Australia's most famous bush poet and balladeer. The author of classics such as Waltzing Matilda, The Man From Snowy River, and Clancy Of The Overflow.
An analysis of the poem, the Filling Station, by American poet laureate, Elizabeth Bishop.
Nursery rhymes are an evergreen delight for our children. They date back many centuries. There is so much speculation on their origins and history. These range from the sublime to the ridiculous.