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Posts Tagged ‘William Wordsworth’

What Would Gertrude Stein Drunk Text?

What would Gertrude Stein write if she started drinking and texting? In a series of drawings, The Paris Review‘s Jessica Gaynor imagined what famous artists would drunk text.

Here is an imaginary drunk text from Stein: “I am wasted or have been drinking since 3 or have wasted since this drinking 3 one wasted since drinking. Srsly, I’m messed up. Can you come get me?”

Follow this link to check out her whole series, which includes the imagine drunk texts of William Wordsworth, John Cheever and Dan Brown.

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England’s First Female Poet Laureate Named

arts-literature-poetryquartet-255x366-duffy.jpgThe poet Carol Ann Duffy was chosen as poet laureate of England today, the first female poet named laureate since the post was first created over 340 years ago.

Duffy follows former laureate Andrew Motion, and according to the NY Times, she will serve in the post for 10 years. The first honoree was Edmund Spenser, and other laureates included William Wordsworth, Alfred Lord Tennyson, and Ted Hughes.

Here’s more from the article: “Ms. Duffy, 53, is known for writing accessible, often witty poems on a wide range of topics, many of them to do with the minutiae of everyday life … The culture secretary, Andy Burnham, called Ms. Duffy ‘a towering figure in English literature today and a superb poet.’” (Photo via)

International Protect a Poet Day

200px-Shakespeare.jpgThe world lost six poetic souls on this date over the past few centuries, making April 23 a good day to protect (and appreciate) the poets you love.

As the Guardian notes, two of England’s greatest poets died today: William Shakespeare and William Wordsworth. In addition Spanish novelist and poet, Miguel de Cervantes, Welsh poet Henry Vaughan, English poet Rupert Brooke, and American songwriter Harold Arlen all died on this date.

Here’s more from the article: “Poets are notoriously sensitive souls, of course, so it could just be that if you’re a poet death is catching, like flu. That would explain, in a pseudo-scientific way, the number of dead poets littering the ground on 23 April.”