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!
Countee Cullen was recognized as an award-winning poet by his high school years. He published his acclaimed debut volume of poetry, Color, in 1925, which would be followed by Copper Sun and The Ballad of the Brown Girl. Also a noted novelist, playwright and children's author, Cullen later worked as a high school teacher. He died on January 9, 1946.
“A poem, as a manifestation of language and thus essentially dialogue, can be a message in a bottle, sent out in the-–not always greatly hopeful--belief that somewhere and sometime it could wash up on land, on heartland perhaps. Poems in this sense too are under way: they are making toward something. Toward what? Toward something standing open, occupiable....” ― Paul Celan 1920-1970, born into a Jewish family in the Kingdom of Romania, now Ukraine.
Today is the birthday of Vyacheslav Ivanovich Ivanov (1866–1949). He was a Russian poet and playwright associated with the Russian Symbolist movement. He was also a philosopher, translator, and literary critic. He was influenced in his writings by Greek, Roman and other ancient mythologies, also by the philosophies of Nietzche and Dostoyevsky. More about Ivanov and his poems on Poemhunter: http://www.poemhunter.com/vyacheslav-ivanovich-ivanov/ Happy Birthday Vyacheslav Ivanovich Ivanov!
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.