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Walter “Walt” Whitman (May 31, 1819 – March 26, 1892) was an American poet, essayist and journalist.
The art of art, the glory of expression and the sunshine of the light of letters, is simplicity. ~Walt Whitman
Happy Birthday, Mr. Whitman!

Walter “Walt” Whitman (May 31, 1819 – March 26, 1892) was an American poet, essayist and journalist.

The art of art, the glory of expression and the sunshine of the light of letters, is simplicity. ~Walt Whitman

Happy Birthday, Mr. Whitman!

— 2 years ago with 19 notes
#walt whitman  #birthday  #poet  #lit 
Write what you know. That should leave you with a lot of free time. ~Howard Nemerov
Howard Nemerov (29 February 1920 – 5 July 1991) was an American poet. He was twice appointed Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress from 1963 to 1964, and again from 1988 to 1990.
He received the National Book Award, Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, and Bollingen Prize for The Collected Poems of Howard Nemerov. He was brother to photographer Diane Nemerov Arbus and father to art historian Alexander Nemerov, Professor of the History of Art and American Studies at Yale University.
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Write what you know. That should leave you with a lot of free time. ~Howard Nemerov

Howard Nemerov (29 February 1920 – 5 July 1991) was an American poet. He was twice appointed Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress from 1963 to 1964, and again from 1988 to 1990.

He received the National Book Award, Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, and Bollingen Prize for The Collected Poems of Howard Nemerov. He was brother to photographer Diane Nemerov Arbus and father to art historian Alexander Nemerov, Professor of the History of Art and American Studies at Yale University.

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— 2 years ago
#poet  #lit  #birthday 
W.H. AudenBorn: 21 February 1907, York, EnglandDied: 29 September 1973, Vienna, Austria
Funeral Blues (Song IX / from Two Songs for Hedli Anderson)
Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone.Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone,Silence the pianos and with muffled drumBring out the coffin, let the mourners come.Let aeroplanes circle moaning overheadScribbling in the sky the message He is Dead,Put crêpe bows round the white necks of the public doves,Let the traffic policemen wear black cotton gloves.He was my North, my South, my East and West,My working week and my Sunday restMy noon, my midnight, my talk, my song;I thought that love would last forever, I was wrong.The stars are not wanted now; put out every one,Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun.Pour away the ocean and sweep up the wood;For nothing now can ever come to any good.

W.H. Auden
Born: 21 February 1907, York, England
Died: 29 September 1973, Vienna, Austria

Funeral Blues (Song IX / from Two Songs for Hedli Anderson)

Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone.
Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone,
Silence the pianos and with muffled drum
Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come.

Let aeroplanes circle moaning overhead
Scribbling in the sky the message He is Dead,
Put crêpe bows round the white necks of the public doves,
Let the traffic policemen wear black cotton gloves.

He was my North, my South, my East and West,
My working week and my Sunday rest
My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song;
I thought that love would last forever, I was wrong.

The stars are not wanted now; put out every one,
Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun.
Pour away the ocean and sweep up the wood;
For nothing now can ever come to any good.

— 2 years ago with 12 notes
#poet  #funeral blues  #w h auden  #literature  #four weddings and a funeral 
W. H. Auden’s Draft of ”Musée des Beaux Arts,” 

W. H. Auden’s Draft of ”Musée des Beaux Arts,” 

— 2 years ago with 2 notes
#w h auden  #poet  #vintage  #manuscript  #writer  #literature 
A Writer’s Room - Rudyard Kipling
“IF you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you, If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, But make allowance for their doubting too; If you can wait and not be tired by waiting, Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies, Or being hated, don’t give way to hating, And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise: If you can dream - and not make dreams your master; If you can think - and not make thoughts your aim; If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster And treat those two impostors just the same; If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools, Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken, And stoop and build ‘em up with worn-out tools: If you can make one heap of all your winnings And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss, And lose, and start again at your beginnings And never breathe a word about your loss; If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew To serve your turn long after they are gone, And so hold on when there is nothing in you Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’ If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue, ' Or walk with Kings - nor lose the common touch, if neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you, If all men count with you, but none too much; If you can fill the unforgiving minute With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run, Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it, And - which is more - you’ll be a Man, my son!” 
~Rudyard Kipling

A Writer’s Room - Rudyard Kipling

“IF you can keep your head when all about you 
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you, 
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, 
But make allowance for their doubting too; 
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting, 
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies, 
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating, 
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise: 
If you can dream - and not make dreams your master; 
If you can think - and not make thoughts your aim; 
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster 
And treat those two impostors just the same; 
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken 
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools, 
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken, 
And stoop and build ‘em up with worn-out tools: 

If you can make one heap of all your winnings 
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss, 
And lose, and start again at your beginnings 
And never breathe a word about your loss; 
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew 
To serve your turn long after they are gone, 
And so hold on when there is nothing in you 
Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’ 

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue, 
' Or walk with Kings - nor lose the common touch, 
if neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you, 
If all men count with you, but none too much; 
If you can fill the unforgiving minute 
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run, 
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it, 
And - which is more - you’ll be a Man, my son!” 

~Rudyard Kipling

— 2 years ago with 11 notes
#IF  #books  #desk  #literature  #poet  #rudyard kipling  #writers room  #vintage 
Happy Birthday
Boris Pasternak was born 10 February 1890 in Moscow, Russian Empire. Pasternak was a poet and writer most famous for Doctor Zhivago. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.
Happy Birthday
Boris Pasternak was born 10 February 1890 in Moscow, Russian Empire. Pasternak was a poet and writer most famous for Doctor Zhivago. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.
— 2 years ago with 6 notes
#Boris Pasternak  #poet  #author  #Nobel prize  #literature  #vintage  #dr zhivago 
Sylvia Plath (1932-1963)
Dying is an art. Like everything else, I do it exceptionally well. I do it so it feels like hell. I do it so it feels real. I guess you could say I have a call.~Sylvia Plath

Sylvia Plath (1932-1963)

Dying is an art. 
Like everything else, 
I do it exceptionally well. 
I do it so it feels like hell. 
I do it so it feels real. 
I guess you could say I have a call.
~Sylvia Plath

— 2 years ago with 33 notes
#Sylvia Plath  #poet  #quotes  #vintage  #lit quotes