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Today is the birthday of Ramón de Campoamor (1817 – 1901). He was a Spanish realist poet and philosopher, was born at Navia. The poet himself declared that a dolora is a "dramatic humorada", and that a "pequeño poema" is a dolora on a larger scale. These definitions are unsatisfactory. More information about Campoamor and his poems on PoemHunter: http://www.poemhunter.com/ramon-de-campoamor-y-campoosorio/ Happy Birthday Ramón de Campoamor!

Today is the birthday of Lope de Vega (1562-1635). He was a Spanish playwright and poet. He was one of the key figures in the Spanish Golden Century Baroque literature. His reputation in the world of Spanish literature is second only to that of Cervantes, while the sheer volume of his literary output is unequalled, making him one of the most prolific authors in the history of literature. More information about Lope de Vega and his poems on Poemhunter…

Today is the birthday of Paul Éluard (1895-1952) a French poet who was one of the founders of the surrealist movement with Louis Aragon and André Breton among others and one of the important lyrical poets of the 20th century. Many of his works reflect the major events of the century, such as the World Wars, the Resistance against the Nazis. More information about Éluard and his poems on Poemhunter: http://www.poemhunter.com/paul-eluard/ Happy Birthday Paul Éluard!

Today is the birthday of Marceline Desbordes-Valmore, born in 1786. She was a French poet. She published Élégies et Romances, her first poetic work, in 1819. Her melancholy, elegiacal poems are admired for their grace and profound emotion. Marceline appeared as an actress and singer in Douai, Rouen, the Opéra-Comique in Paris, and the Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels, where she notably played Rosine in Beaumarchais's Le Barbier de Séville.

Today is the birthday of Steen Steensen Blicher (1782-1848). He's an author and poet from Denmark. More information about Blicher and his poems on Poemhunter: http://www.poemhunter.com/steen-steensen-blicher/

Today is the birthday of Charles Cros (1842 – 1888). He was a French poet and inventor. He was born in Fabrezan, Aude, France, 35 km to the East of Carcassonne. Cros was a well-regarded poet and humorous writer. He developed various improved methods of photography including an early color photo process. He also invented improvements in telegraph and Paleophone technology. More information about Cros and his poems on PoemHunter: http://www.poemhunter.com/charles-cros/ Happy Birthday Charles…

Today is the birthday of Tristan Corbière, born in 1845. He was a French poet born in Coat-Congar, Ploujean, near Morlaix in Brittany, where he lived most of his life and where he died. His work was little known until Paul Verlaine included him in his gallery of poètes maudits (accursed poets), but Verlaine's recommendation was enough to get his work noticed and established him as one of the masters acknowledged by the Symbolists.

Today is the birthday of Federico García Lorca (1898–1936). He was a Spanish poet, dramatist and theatre director. He achieved international recognition as an emblematic member of the Generation of '27. His poetry and plays have been translated into dozens of languages and have been the object of study by critics all over the world. More about Lorca and his poems on Poemhunter: http://www.poemhunter.com/federico-garc-a-lorca/ Happy birthday Federico García Lorca!

Today is the birthday of Wisława Szymborska, born in 1923. She was a Polish poet, essayist, translator and recipient of the 1996 Nobel Prize in Literature. Born in Prowent, which has since become part of Kórnik, she later resided in Kraków until the end of her life. She was described as a "Mozart of Poetry". In Poland, Szymborska's books have reached sales rivaling prominent prose authors.

Today is the birthday of James Henry Leigh Hunt (1784 - 1859). Best known as Leigh Hunt, was an English critic, essayist, poet and writer. For more information about her and poems on Poemhunter: http://www.poemhunter.com/james-henry-leigh-hunt/ Happy birthday Leigh Hunt!