Traces the history of poetry from its origins in early agricultural societies where it was spoken or chanted as a spell to promote good harvests through to the end of the twentieth century.
The American Revolution inspired and was inspired by songs and poetry. This article looks at a period song and a poem about a Founding Father.
In the 1990s, Professor Kent Johnson published poetry, claiming it was written by a Hiroshima survivor. Then it was discovered that no such poet ever existed.
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.
A history of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood of the mid-19th century and their presence in both the world of art and of poetry, as well as a discussion of the leading individuals of the movement.
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.
Caedmon is the name of the earliest known English poet and Caedmon's Hymn his late 7th century poem.
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.
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.