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José Ángel Valente en 'El poeta en su voz' (1989)

José Ángel Valente en 'El poeta en su voz' (1989)

Miguel Torga (1907-1955), having experienced the sufferings of emigration and rural life, contacted with the misery and death, became the poet of rural life, of ancestral, telluric forces, which animate the human instinct in its dramatic struggle against the laws that imprison. That revolt is the mission of the poet. His work, full of Biblical symbolism, is rather immersed in a divine sense that transfigures nature and dignifies man in his defiance or contempt considering the divine.

Miguel Torga having experienced the sufferings of emigration and…

Lord Byron in traditional Albanian dress, a replica painted by Thomas Phillips (in 1835) of his original painting of 1813.

Lord Byron in traditional Albanian dress, a replica painted by Thomas Phillips (in of his original painting of 1813 –The Poet, the Physician and the Birth of the Modern Vampire

Boris Pasternak (1890-1960) was a Russian poet and novelist whose epic Doctor Zhivago helped him win the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1958. Pasternak's novel was a controversial work in Russia and had to be smuggled out of the Soviet Union and published in Italy.In 1987 the Union of Soviet Writers posthumously reinstated Pasternak, giving him legitimacy in his home country.

Boris Pasternak (writer) - Died May Born February Wrote poetry, Dr. Zhivago and won a Nobel Prize for Literature

Now THIS is a handsome lot//Rilke with Lou Andreas-Salomé in Russia with the poet Spiridon Drozin (1900)

Now THIS is a handsome lot//Rilke with Lou Andreas-Salomé in Russia with the poet Spiridon Drozin

Robert Burns (or Rabbie Burns) is arguably the most famous man in Scottish cultural history. He was born in the small village of Alloway near Ayr on the 25th January 1759. Burns Night has been marked by Scots for 200 years and was begun by friends of the poet as a tribute following his death in 1796. Burns Suppers can be either grand formal affairs or small gatherings.

Offaly Good: A guide to Burns Night

“Paul Valery speaks of the 'une ligne donnee' of a poem. One line is given to the poet by God or by nature, the rest he has to discover for himself.”  ― Stephen Spender, Faber and Faber publicity photo

“Paul Valery speaks of 'une ligne donnee' of a poem. One line is given to the poet by God or by nature, the rest he has to discover for himself.” ― Stephen Spender, Faber and Faber publicity photo

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