Born: 27 October 1914, Swansea, (Wales), United Kingdom
Died: 9 November 1953, Greenwich, United Kingdom
Dylan Thomas was a controversial character whose drinking and philandering often made headline news. He was only 17 when he wrote And Death shall have No Dominion and his first anthology appeared a year later. There is a memorial plaque for him in Poet’s Corner in Westminster Abbey.
“Washington isn’t a city, it’s an abstraction.”
“Poetry is not the most important thing in life… I’d much rather lie in a hot bath reading Agatha Christie and sucking sweets.”
Dylan Thomas wrote over 100 poems
POETRY (* Famous poems)
* Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night: Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
* And Death Shall Have No Dominion: And death shall have no dominion.Dead man naked they shall be one
* Fern Hill: Now as I was young and easy under the apple boughsAbout the lilting house and happy as the grass was green,
* Poem In October: It was my thirtieth year to heaven Woke to my hearing from harbour and neighbour wood
* Clown in the moon: My tears are like the quiet drift Of petals from some magic rose;
Portrait of the Artist as a Young Dog
Selected Writings of Dylan Thomas
Adventures In The Skin Trade, an unfinished novel
Quite Early One Morning (planned by Thomas, posthumously published by New Directions)
A Child’s Christmas in Wales
A Prospect of the Sea and other stories and prose writings
Letters to Vernon Watkins
Twelve More Letters, (limited edition of 175)
Under Milk Wood (Written for Radio)
Ideas from Good and Evil
Forgotten Tales of Long Ago
Coleridge, along with his friend, Wordsworth was one of the founders of the Romantic Movement in poetry. He was an opium addict and it is thought that his failure to complete his fantastical poem Kubla Khan was due to him being interrupted while writing it. His best verse was written while in his twenties.
”In politics, what begins in fear usually ends in folly.”
”The man’s desire is for the woman; but the woman’s desire is rarely other than for the desire of the man.”
”The principle of the Gothic architecture is infinity made imaginable.”
Selected Bibliography (*Best known)
Coleridge wrote nearly 200 poems
*Kubla Khan: In Xanadu did Kubla Khan A stately pleasure-dome decree : Where Alph, the sacred river, ran Through caverns measureless
*The Rime of the Ancient Mariner: It is an ancient Mariner, And he stoppeth one of three.
Coleridge was the son of a clergyman and had a lot to say about the relationship between church and state. His published intellectual contributions were expanded on by the likes of William Gladstone (a British Prime Minister) thereby raising the ire of the Whigs who disagreed with his propositions.
Died: 29 December 1894, Torrington Square, Bloomsbury, London, UK
Both Christina Rossetti’s father (Gabriele) and her brother (Dante) were poets. She was a fragile person subject to unknown illnesses eventually succumbing to cancer. Among her friends were Charles Dodgson (Lewis Carroll), Whistler the artist and the poet Swinburne.
“My heart is like a singing bird.”
“Better by far you should forget and smile that you should remember and be sad.”
“Can anything be sadder than work left unfinished? Yes, work never begun.”Selected Bibliography (*Best known)
Christina Rossetti produced over 300 poems
*Who Has Seen The Wind?: Who has seen the wind? Neither I nor you. But when the leaves hang trembling, The wind is passing through.
*Goblin’s Market: Morning and evening Maids heard the goblins cry:”Come buy our orchard fruits, Come buy, come buy:
*Remember: Remember me when I am gone away, Gone far away into the silent land
*Promises Like Pie-Crust: Promise me no promises, So will I not promise you: Keep we both our liberties, never false and never true.
*Mirage: The hope I dreamed of was a dream, was but a dream; and now I wake
Charlotte’s Jane Eyre was published under a pseudonym – Bell, as were her younger sister Emily’s Wuthering Heights and Ann’s Agnes Grey. Her miserable boarding school experience gave her the basis for later characters in Jane Eyre. Charlotte favoured long narrative poems.
”Look twice before you leap.”
”If you are cast in a different mould to the majority, it is no merit of yours: Nature did it.”
Charlotte wrote 19 poems (*Better known)
*Retrospection: We wove a web in childhood A web of sunny air
Parting: There’s no use in weeping, though we are condemned to part: There’s such a thing as keeping A remembrance in one’s heart
Life: Life, believe, is not a dream so dark as sages say
Regret: Long ago I wished to leave “The house where I was born”
Passion: Some have won a wild delight, by daring wilder sorrow; could I gain thy love tonight
Pleasure: True pleasure breathes no city air
William and his siblings were orphaned at a young age. His experiences in the French Revolution ignited his interest in the plight of the ‘common’ people. His work The Prelude is a autobiographical exploration of his personal spiritual journey and is considered to be the crowning achievement of English romanticism. Sadly this was never acknowledged during his lifetime as it was published posthumously.
”The human mind is capable of excitement without the application of gross and violent stimulants; and he must have a very faint perception of its beauty and dignity who does not know this.” WW
Wordsworth wrote nearly 400 poems
POETRY (* Famous poems)
* An Evening Walk: The young lady to whom this was addressed was my sister
* Lines Written Above Tintern Abbey: Five years have passed, five summers
* Upon Westminster Bridge: Earth has not anything to show more fair
* Daffodils: (I wandered lonely as a cloud)
* London 1892: Milton! Thou should’st be living at this hour:
Letters of Dorothy and William Wordsworth
Letters of the Wordsworth Family
The Love Letters of William and Mary Wordsworth
In 1907, Les Demoiselles d’Avignon saw the beginning of Picasso’s journey into freedom of expression – the influence of which had far reaching effects on the world of art. From this epiphany grew Picasso’s Cubist movement. The diversity of his work is notable as he explored techniques and styles that would best suit his particular interest at that time. Explore further by looking at the Picasso link to Artists’ Sites and compare his work with those of Georges Braque and Paul Cezanne, Paul Gauguin and Henri Matisse.
“Art is a lie that makes us realise truth”
“Painting is a blind man’s profession. He paints not what he see, but what he feels, what he tells himself about what he has seen.”
Blue Nude. BLUE PERIOD: Depressed over the death of a friend, blues and greens dominated Picasso’s work for three years. The lesser known ‘Rose Period’ followed.
Three women. CUBIST PERIOD: This can be compared to current cooking trends of deconstructed dishes!
Two Women running on the beach. CLASSICAL PERIOD: This period coincides with the First World War and Picasso’s return to reality
Guernica. SURREALISM: Guernica portrays the devastation of the city by German bombers and is regarded as one of the most powerful depictions of anti-war paintings in history
MISCELLANEOUS: The following three pictures display the breadth of Picasso’s talent. The sketch is of Don Quixote, the hero of Miguel Cervantes’ book of the same name. The other two pictures show the contrasts in his style plus a delightful sense of humour!
“When I was as old as these children, I could draw like Raphael, but it took me a lifetime to learn to draw like them.” Pablo Picasso