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    Today is the birthday of James Whitcomb Riley (1849 – 1916). He was an American writer, poet, and best selling author. Riley was known for his "uncomplicated, sentimental, and humorous" writing. Often writing his verses in dialect, his poetry caused readers to recall a nostalgic and simpler time in earlier American history. More information about Riley and his poems on PoemHunter: www.poemhunter.co... Happy Birthday James Whitcomb Riley!

    illustrations from the poem, Goodbye Jim, by James Whitcomb Riley (America's Great Civil War Poem by James Whitcomb Riley which he delivered numerous times to patriotic groups such as the Grand Army of the Republic gatherings. The illustrations are by the noted artist Howard Chandler Christy. By the way, the book these illustrations are from comes to us via The Bobbs-Merrill Company.)

    The Best Loved Poems of James Whitcomb Riley...... LOVE!!! My Granny read this to me when I was little :)

    James Whitcomb Riley Hoosier Poet.....my children's great, great, great uncle....how cool!

    Little Orphan Annie by James Whitcomb Riley. .........and the gobblins will get ya....if you don't watch out....

    Happy Birthday C.J. Dennis! (1876-1938) an Australian poet known for his humorous poems. Though Dennis's work is less well known today, his 1916 publication of The Sentimental Bloke sold 65,000 copies in its first year, and by 1917 he was the most prosperous poet in Australian history. More about Dennis and his poems on Poemhunter www.poemhunter.co...

    Today is the birthday of Ntozake Shange, born 1948. She's an American playwright, and poet. As a self proclaimed black feminist, much of the content of her work addresses issues relating to race and feminism. Shange is best-known for the Obie Award-winning play For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf. For more information about her and poems on Poemhunter: www.poemhunter.co... Happy Birthday Ntozake Shange!

    Today is the birthday of Julia Ward, born in 1819. She was a prominent American abolitionist, social activist, poet and died on October 17, 1910. Julia Ward Howe was inspired to write "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" after she and her husband visited Washington, D. C., and met Abraham Lincoln at the White House in November 1861. More information about Howe and her poems on Poemhunter: www.poemhunter.co... Happy Birthday Julia Ward Howe!

    Today is the birthday of Samuel Johnson (1709 – 1784). He was an English writer who made lasting contributions to English literature as a poet, essayist, moralist, literary critic, biographer, editor and lexicographer. Johnson was a devout Anglican and committed Tory, and has been described as "arguably the most distinguished man of letters in English history". More information about Johnson and his poems on PoemHunter: www.poemhunter.co... Happy Bithday Samuel Johnson!

    Today is the birthday of Nathaniel Hawthorne, born in 1804. He was an American novelist and short story writer. Much of Hawthorne's writing centers on New England, many works featuring moral allegories with a Puritan inspiration. His fiction works are considered part of the Romantic movement and, more specifically, Dark romanticism. More information about Hawthorne and his poems on Poemhunter: www.poemhunter.co... Happy Birthday Nathaniel Hawthorne!

    Today is the birthday of Richard Aldington, born in 1892. He was an English writer and poet. Aldington was best known for his World War I poetry, the 1929 novel, Death of a Hero, and the controversy arising from his 1955 Lawrence of Arabia: A Biographical Inquiry. His 1946 biography, Wellington, was awarded the James Tait Black Memorial Prize.

    Today is the birthday of Robert Seymour Bridges (1844 – 1930). He was a British poet, and poet laureate from 1913 to 1930. Bridges was born in Walmer, Kent, in the UK. He went on to study medicine in London at St Bartholomew's Hospital, intending to practise until the age of forty and then retire to write poetry. More about Bridges and his poems on PoemHunter: www.poemhunter.co... Happy Birthday Robert Seymour Bridges!

    Today is also the birthday of Frederic Ogden Nash, born in 1902. He was an American poet well known for his light verse. At the time of his death in 1971, The New York Times said his "droll verse with its unconventional rhymes made him the country's best-known producer of humorous poetry". Ogden Nash wrote over 500 pieces of comic verse. More information about Nash and his poems on PoemHunter: www.poemhunter.co... Happy Birthday Ogden Nash!

    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: www.poemhunter.co...

    Today is the birthday of Eugene Field, Sr., born in 1850. He was an American writer, best known for his children's poetry and humorous essays. Field first started publishing poetry in 1879, when his poem "Christmas Treasures" appeared in A Little Book of Western Verse. Field has his own star on the St. Louis Walk of Fame. More information about Field and his poems on PoemHunter: www.poemhunter.co... Happy Birthday Eugene Field!

    Today is the birthday of William Carlos Williams (1883 – 1963). He was an American poet closely associated with modernism and imagism. He was also a pediatrician and general practitioner of medicine with a medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. More information about Williams and his poems on PoemHunter: www.poemhunter.co... Happy Birthday William Carlos Williams!

    Today is the birthday of Robert Frost (1874 – 1963). He was an American poet. He is highly regarded for his realistic depictions of rural life and his command of American colloquial speech. One of the most popular and critically respected American poets of his generation, Frost was honored frequently during his lifetime, receiving four Pulitzer Prizes for Poetry. Find more about Frost and his poems on Poemhunter www.poemhunter.co... Happy Birthday Robert Frost!

    Today is the birthday of Alfred Tennyson (1809 – 1892). He was Poet Laureate of Great Britain and Ireland during much of Queen Victoria's reign and remains one of the most popular British poets. Tennyson excelled at penning short lyrics, such as "Break, Break, Break", "The Charge of the Light Brigade", "Tears, Idle Tears" and "Crossing the Bar". Learn more about Tennyson and read his poems: poemhunter.com/... Happy Birthday Alfred Tennyson!

    Wilfred Edward Salter Owen was born 18 March 1893 in Oswestry, Shropshire. Owen was an English poet whose work was characterised by his anger at the cruelty and waste of war, which he experienced during service on the Western Front.

    Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, circa 1859

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