Maya Angelou was born in 1927. She grew up in Stamps, Arkansas with her brother And her grandmother. “Stamps was a small Southern town, harsh and unyielding, by custom and practice, and its history of segregation.” As a young girl, Maya read everything she could get her hands on, from the Bible to Shakespeare to … Continue reading Maya Angelou
Here are the links to our suggestions for beautiful things for April, with a focus on beautiful words, sounds, and places that are distinctly American and focus on the Twentieth Century.
William Carlos Williams crew at speaking three languages (English, Spanish, French), and listening to his father tell stories and read Shakespeare in the evenings. The stories were about adventures in the Caribbean. William Carlos Williams had a few adventures of his own while traveling to Europe with his family, but he spent most of his … Continue reading William Carlos Williams (1883-1963)
Here are the links to our suggestions for beautiful things for March, with a focus on beautiful words, sounds, and places that are distinctly American and focus on the late 1800s and early 1900s.
Robert Frost was born in San Francisco in 1874. When he was a child, his family moved to New England, and he stayed there for most of his life. He started writing poems when he was sixteen, and he never stopped. He graduated at the top of his class, a rank he shared with the … Continue reading Robert Frost
Here are the links to our suggestions for beautiful things for February, with a focus on beautiful words, sounds, and places that are distinctly American and focus on the late 1800s and early 1900s.
Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) was one of America’s greatest poets, but most of what she wrote wasn’t discovered until after her death. She was a recluse for most of her adult life. While she rarely left her house, she composed many poems about the outside world as well as the small world in which she lived. … Continue reading Emily Dickinson
Edna St. Vincent Millay, known as Vincent to her family and friends, was born in February 1892 in a small town in Maine. Though her family didn’t have much money, they were rich in love, books, music, and imagination. In spite of the fact that Vincent’s mother worked long hours, Vincent had many close-to-home adventures … Continue reading Edna St. Vincent Millay
While Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote hundreds of poems, we’ve found a few of his holiday-related pieces for your family to enjoy. Each graphic below links to the poem on either Poets.org or PoetryFoundation.com. You can read Longfellow’s biography here. Resources: Photo Credit: By Julia Margaret Cameron – http://www.geh.org/ne/mismi3/cameron_sum00001.html, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=836438
Carl Sandburg (1878-1967) was born in Illinois. As he grew into an adult, he worked many odd jobs before he entered the Spanish-American War as an Infantryman. By 1913, he was living in Chicago, writing for the Chicago Daily News. His first book of poetry was published shortly afterward. Sandburg wrote free verse poems of … Continue reading Carl Sandburg