It was not until he was twelve that his parents finally settled in Lewistown, another small town in Illinois. It was this town, and Petersburg that he would later base his most famous work, Spoon River Anthology. Masters attended Lewistown High School and graduated in 1886 at the young age of 17 (Wrenn, _). Although Masters’ natural interest was poetry and writing, his father forced him into studying law privately after refusing to send him to college for writing. His father’s primary reason for refusing to send Masters to college was
But after the death of his mother when he was only twelve, his father had a change of heart and enrolled him in a private school where he was the only black student. Bontemps went on to be the first member of his family to enroll in college and receive a degree, but his father was furious that he chose to study literature instead of medicine or law After he was graduated from college, he moved to New York to see a new way of looking at life and society through black eyes, and Bontemps soon became friends with writers such as Langston Hughes, Jean Toomer, and James Weldon Johnson. They encouraged him to publish his poetry and fiction, and his first novel, God Sends Sunday, was published in 1931. The novel was later adapted by Bontemps and Countee Cullen into the stage play, St. Louis Woman. Bontemps moved to New York City shortly after his first poem “Hope” was published in THE CRISIS: A RECORD OF THE DARKER RACES (August 1924).
Wilfred Owen was born on March 18th in 1893.He was the eldest of four children born in Oswestry. He was brought up in the Anglican religion at the Evangelical school. An evangelical man is saved not by the good he does but by faith he has in redeeming power of Christ’s sacrifice. He rejected most of his belief by 1913; the influence of his education remains visible in his poems and their themes: Sacrifice biblical language, and his description of hell. In 1913 he moved to Bordeaux, as a teacher of English in the Berlitz School of language: one year later he was a private teacher in a prosperous family in the Pyrenees.
Carol Ann was the eldest child, and had four brothers. She was brought up in Stafford, in the north midlands, where her father was a local councillor, a parliamentary candidate for the Labour Party in 1983 and manager of Stafford FC, an amateur football team. Carol Ann Duffy was educated at St. Austin Roman Catholic Primary School, St. Joseph's Convent School and Stafford Girls' High School. In 1974 she went Liverpool University, where she read philosophy. She has worked as a freelance writer in London, after which she moved to live in Manchester, where she currently (2002) teaches creative writing at the Metropolitan University.
Guy and his father built a three-wheeled bicycle cart named “The Awesome Pretzel” which he sold pretzels from, for six years until he had enough money to study at Chantilly Framce at the age of 16. This was during his junior and senior years of high school. When he returned from France, Guy by passed his own high school graduation. When he was done with high school he attended the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and graduated in 1990. He received his Bachelor of Science in Hospital Management.
Kathryn Russell Mr. Standridge English 102 030 April 26, 2012 Discuss Truman Capote’s novella The Grass Harp Not wanting to take up his incomplete first novel, Summer Crossing, Capote began writing The Grass Harp in June 1950, and completed it on May 27, 1951. The novel was inspired by memories of Capote’s Alabama childhood, specifically a tree house constructed in the 1930s, in a large walnut tree, in his Cousin Jenny's backyard. This large tree house, accessible by an antique spiral staircase, featured cypress wood construction, a tin roof, and was furnished inside with a rattan sofa. Capote would spend time in this tree house with his cousin Sook, or other childhood friends such as Nelle Harper Lee. The novel was additionally inspired by his cousin Sook's dropsy medicine, which she made yearly until the age of 62, and whose recipe she took with her to the grave, despite Jenny's wanting first to patent, and then to sell the recipe to a manufacturer.
Pablo Neruda: my new best friend and mentor Pablo Neruda was an amazingly prolific poet who has touched a lot of lives all over the world. As part of my research for this paper, I went to the Shoreline library and requested just about every book on Neruda. As a result, I have so many books stacked up in my office that I can barely get around! I was able to get a video on Neruda, a cassette with him reading selected poems, his memoirs, biographies, the text of his Nobel Prize speech, a young-adult picture book on his life, just about every book he has written (45), many books written about him, and the soundtrack for the movie Il Postino that features 13 of his poems read by different celebrities. Although Neruda’s poetry had the greatest influence in Latin America, he truly was an international poet.
Buttons Carl Sandburg was born into a Swedish American Family in Galesburg, Illinois in the year 1878. Sandburg did not get the best education as a child since he dropped out of school at the age of 13 to help the family get by (Columbia). When Sandburg was a late teen he experienced war first hand during the Spanish-American war, which most likely had an effect on how he viewed World War I, and why he wrote “Buttons”. After the war Sandburg was educated at Lombard College in his home town. Sandburg has written many famous poems “His verse is vigorous and impressionistic, written without regard for conventional meter and form, in language both simple and noble” (Columbia).
During this period he decided to leave Harvard and teach. He found this time to be great for his writing, as he started his first book. Roethke met Beatrice O'Connell at Bennington College, where he was teaching, and they were married in 1953. The year after they were married, 1954, he won the Pulitzer Prize along other awards such as the Poetry magazine Levinson Prize, the National Book Award, the Bollingen Prize and the Paficic Northwest Writer's award. Roethke died in 1963 of a heart attack in Bainbridge Island, Washington.
Frank McCourt was born in Brooklyn, New York. His family moved to Limerick, Ireland when he was five after the death of his sister, Margaret. In Ireland he lived in poverty with his mother, father, and three brothers. The death of three siblings from illness and deprivation set the tone for his memoirs. As a young man of eighteen he immigrated back to America for the opportunities he believed would be there.