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 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.
Caedmon is the name of the earliest known English poet and Caedmon's Hymn his late 7th century poem.
A comprehensive introduction to four major Graveyard Poets, Parnell, Blair, Young and Gray, with excerpts from their famous poems, concluding with a more detailed account of Thomas Gray.
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 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...
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.
The wonderful juxtaposition of art and Haiku is called Haiga. I love the union of images and poetry. The magic of a beautiful poem set against the backdrop of beautiful art is a double joy for those who appreciate such creative endeavors.
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.