“I would define, in brief, the poetry of words as the rhythmical creation of Beauty.” ~~ Edgar Allan Poe
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“You will find poetry nowhere unless you bring some of it with you.” ~~ Joseph Joubert
“With me poetry has not been a purpose, but a passion.” ~~ Edgar Allan Poe
“At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet.” ~~ Plato
“You will never be alone with a poet in your pocket.” ~~ John Adams
“May today bring you the joy that escaped from your reach yesterday; the focus to strive for a better tomorrow; the motivation to live victoriously today.” ~~ Janice Harris
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SUMMARY: Rudyard Kipling (30 December 1865-18 January 1936) Rudyard Kipling is the author of The Jungle Book among other stories.
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There are many stories that stand out in British culture but one of the stories that is highly favored is The Jungle Book. This iconic story was written by Rudyard Kipling in 1894. Rudyard Kipling is the author of many different stories and was also the recipient of the Nobel Prize of literature in 1907.
Born in 1865 Joseph Rudyard Kipling had an impressive upbringing as he was born in Bombay but was later sent to live in England. The stories that Kipling was able to tell often brought in stories of British soldiers in India, poems of Britain, and of course the many stories and tales that he wrote for children.
When Kipling wrote The Jungle Book, the tale of adventure immediately was a success. The Jungle Book was actually a collection of several short stories like Rikki-Tikki-Tavi. He was a master of short stories and was able to create unique works like The Man Who Would be King. Not only could Kipling tell a story in a few short pages he was also well-known for his poetry works like the poems Mandalay and Gunga Din and “If—” .The children’s books he wrote and his ability create short stories still reign supreme and he remains one of the innovators of short stories.
Rudyard Kipling was one of English writers that was able to captivate everyone around him with his complex personality and intelligence. Through the late 19th century and the early 20th century, Kipling was among one of the most popular authors of all time. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1907 at the age of 42, which is still the youngest age of any Nobel Prize in Literature recipient. Rudyard Kipling was also offered and given many awards for his creative writing abilities. There are some awards and honors that he simply turned down as he did not feel they were needed.
During the early part of the 20th century, Kipling was seen as one of the most inspiring and popular authors of all time. His career was continuing to rise and he was given the Nobel Prize and was the first English author to ever be given this prize. The poem “If—” still remains one of the most popular poems in England.
Kipling was very powerful in English literature and culture and was able to help England in their involvement in World War I. Rudyard Kipling ended up writing pamphlets that were used to support the war aims of the United Kingdom and to raise money.
Adding to his icon character, Rudyard Kipling was also actively involved with Freemasonry. Kipling was able to become a freemason in 1885, which was unheard of as minimum age requirement is 21 and he was 6 months shy of this window. When he became a freemason he was first at the Perseverance Lodge in Lahore and became secretary of the lodge and then became an apprentice. As he was able to pass to the degree of Fellow Craft and later to Master Mason, it helped to shape his character. Kipling praised his experienced and loved them so much that he ended up writing a poem entitled The Mother Lodge which briefly shared his love for his Masonic experiences.
Rudyard Kipling was a beloved author and continued to write up until his death. His writing began to slow as he aged and then he eventually passed away in 1936 due to a perforated duodenal ulcer. His body was cremated and his ashes were buried in Poets’ Corner in Westminster Abbey where other icon authors like Charles Dickens are buried.
SUMMARY: Edgar Allan Poe (January 19, 1809 – October 7, 1849)
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Edgar Allan Poe was born as Edgar Poe on January 19, 1809 in Boston Massachusetts. His parents were actors Elizabeth Arnold Hopkins and David Poe; a brother Williams Henry and sister Rosalie. His mother died in 1811 and father in 1810. After the death of both his parents, Edgar was moved to the home of Frances and John Allan who were wealthy merchants that lived in Richmond, Virginia. While in school at the University of Virginia, Poe and his foster father John Allan became estranged because of a gambling debt that Poe had. John Allan cut off Poe from the finances that were supporting Poe.
Poe was unable to pay the debts that he had created and could no longer pay to attend the University of Virginia; he enlisted in the United States Army and served for two years. During the previous years and in the United States Army, Poe had written poetry and was able to publish his first book of poetry Tamerlane and Other Poems in 1827. Poe used his personal finances to publish his first book of poetry.
Two years passed before Poe reconciled with his foster father, John Allan. The reconciliation took place to honor Poe’s foster mother who died in 1829 and asked for the reconciliation on her deathbed. The reconciliation was brief, but would help Poe publish his second book in 1829 Al Aaraaf, Tamerlane and Minor Poems and Poems. Shortly after Poe moved to Baltimore and moved in with his Aunt Maria Clemm. He would later marry his cousin Virginia Clemm at the age of fourteen. For the next few years, Poe placed his poems in different newspaper and magazine and became recognized by the community.
After Poe and Virginia were married, they moved to New York City. In 1838 Poe published the novel The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym. This would be the only completed novel that was written and published by Poe. The novel was full of mystery, cannibalism and murder. After the novel was published, Poe directed his attention back to stories and poems for newspapers and magazines. He started to write his first detective story and it was published in 1841.
The Raven and Other Poems were written in 1845 and is what helped make Poe famous. The book included the poems,
In 1847, Poe lost his beloved wife Virginia to tuberculosis. She passed away at the age of 24. Devastated by the lost, Poe turned to alcohol and started to be looked down upon by society. A year after the death of Virginia, Poe became engaged to his teenage sweetheart Elmira Royster. In 1849, Poe began to tour and do poetry reading to raise funds to begin his own magazine that would later by called The Stylus.
The death of Edgar Allan Poe is a mystery. He died on October 7, 1949 and was buried at the Old Westminster Burying Ground of Baltimore in an unmarked grave. The unmarked grave was marked with a headstone that has the following inscription:
Ouoth the Raven, Nevermore
Original Burial Place of Edgar Allan Poe
From October 9, 1849 until November 17, 1875
Mrs. Marian Clemm, his Mother-in-Law lies upon his right and Virginia Poe, his wife upon his left. Under the monument erected to him in this cemetery.
The poems and stories that were written by Edgar Allan Poe are those of mystery and despair. The intense writings are what made him famous. He was able to publish his first book of poems at the age of 18. After many books of poems, newspapers and magazines his poems and stories will always be remembered.