Today is the birthday of John Orley Allen Tate (1899 – 1979) was an American poet, essayist, social commentator, and Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress from 1943 to 1944. More information about Tate and his poems on PoemHunter: http://www.poemhunter.com/allen-tate/ Happy Birthday Allen Tate!

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: http://www.poemhunter.com/julia-ward-howe/ Happy Birthday Julia Ward Howe!

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: http://www.poemhunter.com/robert-seymour-bridges/ Happy Birthday Robert Seymour Bridges!

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: http://www.poemhunter.com/ntozake-shange/ Happy Birthday Ntozake Shange!

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 http://www.poemhunter.com/clarence-michael-james-stanislaus-dennis/

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Today is also the birthday of two poets Elizabeth Madox Roberts (1881 - 1941) and André Chénier (1762 – 1794). Elizabeth Madox Roberts was a Kentucky novelist and poet. More information about Roberts and her poems on PoemHunter: http://www.poemhunter.com/elizabeth-madox-roberts/ André Marie Chénier was a French poet. More information about Chénier and his poems on PoemHunter: http://www.poemhunter.com/andre-marie-de-chenier/ Happy Birthday Elizabeth Madox Roberts! Happy Birthday André Cheni...

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: http://www.poemhunter.com/samuel-johnson/ Happy Bithday Samuel Johnson!

Today is the birthday of John Galsworthy, born in 1867. He was an English novelist and playwright. He won the Nobel Prize in Literature. Through his writings he campaigned for a variety of causes, including prison reform, women's rights, animal welfare, and the opposition of censorship. More information about Galsworthy and his poems on Poemhunter: http://www.poemhunter.com/john-galsworthy/ Happy Birthday John Galsworthy!

Today is the birthday of Canadian poet Bliss Carman, born in 1861. He was born William Bliss Carman in Fredericton, in the Maritime province of New Brunswick. He published under the name "Bliss Carman," although the "Bliss" is his mother's surname. As with many Canadian poets, nature figures prominently as a theme in his work. In his time, he was arguably Canada's best known poet, and was dubbed by some the "unofficial poet laureate of Canada."

Today is the birthday of Hungarian poet Attila József, born in 1905. Attila József is the best known of the modern Hungarian poets internationally. His poems have been translated into many languages and he is taught in world literature classes around the globe. Hailed during the communist era of the 1950s as Hungary's great "proletarian poet", his life, personality, and works are now being re-evaluated with the current celebrations of the centenary of his birth.

Today is the birthday of Sir Walter Scott, born in 1771. He was a Scottish historical novelist, playwright, and poet, popular throughout much of the world in the 19th century. Scott was the first English-language author to have a truly international career in his lifetime, with many contemporary readers in Europe, Australia, and North America. More information about Scott and his poems on Poemhunter: http://www.poemhunter.com/sir-walter-scott/ Happy Birthday Walter Scott!

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: http://www.poemhunter.com/ogden-nash/ Happy Birthday Ogden Nash!

Today is the birthday of Wilfrid Scawen Blunt born in 1840. He was an English poet and writer. He was born at Petworth House in Sussex, and served in the Diplomatic Service from 1858 to 1869. He was raised in the faith of his mother, a Catholic convert, and educated at Twyford School, Stonyhurst, and at St Mary's College, Oscott. More information about Blunt and his poems on PoemHunter: http://www.poemhunter.com/wilfrid-scawen-blunt/ Happy Birthday Wilfrid Scawen Blunt!

Today is the birthday of William Hayley (1745 – 1820). He was an English writer, best known as the friend and biographer of William Cowper. Born at Chichester, he was sent to Eton in 1757, and to Trinity Hall, Cambridge, in 1762; his connection with the Middle Temple, London, where he was admitted in 1766, was merely nominal. More information about Hayley and his poems on PoemHunter: http://www.poemhunter.com/william-hayley/ Happy Birthday William Hayley!

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 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: http://www.poemhunter.com/james-whitcomb-riley/ Happy Birthday James Whitcomb Riley!

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 http://www.poemhunter.com/robert-frost/ Happy Birthday Robert Frost!

Today is the birthday of Robert Louis Balfour Stevenson (1850 – 1894) was a Scottish novelist, poet, essayist, and travel writer. His most famous works are Treasure Island, Kidnapped, and Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. A literary celebrity during his lifetime, Stevenson now ranks among the 26 most translated authors in the world. More information about Stevenson and his poems on PoemHunter: http://www.poemhunter.com/robert-louis-stevenson/ Happy Birthday Robert Louis Stevenson!

Today is the birthday of John Keats (1795 – 1821) was an English Romantic poet. He was one of the main figures of the second generation of Romantic poets along with Lord Byron and Percy Bysshe Shelley, despite his work only having been in publication for four years before his death. More information about Keats and his poems on poemHunter: http://www.poemhunter.com/john-keats/ Happy Birthday John Keats!

Today is the birthday of William Cuthbert Faulkner (1897 – 1962). He was an American writer and Nobel Prize laureate. Faulkner worked in a variety of written media, including novels, short stories, a play, poetry, essays and screenplays. He was awarded the 1949 Nobel Prize for Literature for "his powerful and artistically unique contribution to the modern American novel." More information about Faulkner on PoemHunter: http://www.poemhunter.com/william-faulkner/ Happy Birthday William Faulkne...