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Yvor Winters

B. 1900 D. 1968

5 poems available

Yvor Winters (b. 1900) was notorious in his lifetime for his recalcitrant literary criticism which rejected modernism in favour of reason in poetry. His own poetry, after a youthful dalliance with imagism, similarly stands outside the mainstream of poetic developments…

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Allen Tate

B. 1899 D. 1979

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Youngest of three sons, Allen Tate was born in Kentucky in 1899. His father was a businessman whose interests forced the family to move home up to three times a year, prompting Tate to later write: “we might as well…

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Yusef Komunyakaa was born in 1947 in the quiet mill town of Bogalusa, Louisiana. Son of a carpenter he was raised in a house of few books at the beginning of the civil rights movement. His grandparents were church people…

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Alfred Tennyson

B. 1809 D. 1892

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Alfred Tennyson (1809-1892) was born in Somersby, Lincolnshire, the third surviving son of a rector whose violent alcoholism blighted the family home. Tennyson went to Cambridge where he met Arthur Henry Hallam whose early death was to prompt Tennyson to…

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Fred D’Aguiar (b. 1960) draws on his dual Guyanese/British heritage throughout his writing which incorporates poetry, novels and plays. Although born in London, he lived in Guyana until he was twelve before returning to England where the highly politicised atmosphere…

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Alan Brownjohn (b. 1931) grew up in London and was educated at Merton College, Oxford. He worked first as a schoolteacher and then a lecturer before becoming a full-time freelance writer in 1979. His writing life since then has demonstrated…

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We Wear the Mask

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We Wear the Mask - Paul Laurence Dunbar - Read by David Yezzi
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On being brought from Africa to America - Phyllis Wheatley - Read by Mary Jo Salter
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Guys like Gauguin - Selina Tusitala Marsh
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The Levite’s Concubine - David Kinloch
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Punk with Dulcimer - Anna Crowe
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Kaspar Hauser - Clive Wilmer
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