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AMERICAN POEMS – Langston Hughes

Yes, Langston Hughes was a prolific writer. In the forty-odd years between his first book in 1926 and his death.He received a scholarship to Lincoln University (in Pennsylvania). In 1923, he traveled to the Africa, visiting Senegal and Nigeria, the Cameroons, Belgium Congo and Angola, and later visiting Europe (Italy and France, Russia and Spain). One of Hughes’ finest essays …

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SPANISH POETRY – The dream, by Nino Oval

EL SUENO – Una vez, tuve un sueño, ¡un sueño muy bonito! Pudo haber sido grande, pero se quedó chiquito. Llegó como flor de primavera, como rosa principesca. Y encendió como la yesca, hasta la más yerma quimera. En el puño muy cerrado, lo guardé celosamente. Ni tan siquiera la mente, podía abrir el candado. Quise que conociera a la …

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ROMANTIC SPANISH POEMS – Body of a woman, by Pablo Neruda

CUERPO DE MUJER – Cuerpo de mujer, blancas colinas, muslos blancos, te pareces al mundo en tu actitud de entrega. Mi cuerpo de labriego salvaje te socava, y hace saltar el hijo del fondo de la tierra. Fui solo como un túnel. De mí huían los pájaros, y en mí la noche entraba su invasión poderosa. Para sobrevivirme te forjé …

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SPANISH LOVE POEMS – Verdades, anonymous Spanish poet

VERDADES – No me preguntes si te amo, porque esa pregunta me ofende, si pudiera colocar moneda sobre moneda para hacer una torre de todo lo que siento, créeme llegaría hasta el cielo. Te amo mujer, amo tu historia, amo tu vida, y amo tu paz, me gusta verte estornudar, tu manía de tocarte el cabello, tu nerviosismo cuando beso …

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DREAM DEFERRED – Poetry, by Langston Hughes

First published in 1921, “The Negro Speaks of Rivers”, became Hughes’s signature poem, collected in his first book of poetry “The Weary Blues”. James Mercer Langston Hughes was an American poet, one of the earliest innovators of the literary art form called jazz poetry. He is known as a leader of the Harlem Renaissance in New York City. DREAM DEFERRED …

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A DREAM WITHIN A DREAM – Poetry, by Edgar Allan Poe

He was an American writer. Edgar Allan Poe, is best known for his poetry and short stories, (particularly his tales of mystery and the macabre). He is widely regarded as a central figure of Romanticism in the United States, and is considered the inventor of the “detective fiction genre”. He was found delirious, on the streets of Baltimore, in great …

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AFTER TRYING MANY YEARS – Poetry, by Michelangelo Buonarroti

AFTER TRYING MANY YEARS After trying many years, and then near death, the able man may know an image living in the alpine stone. If at all, the high and new come slowly, and, for us, they do not last so long. Oh my beloved! Nature’s like that too, who tried for beauty times untold until she triumphed, and made …

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HEAT – Poetry, by Hilda Doolittle

Her special gift (her grandmother), bestows a sense of mystical connection to the Moravians. Hilda Doolittle was born into the Moravian community of her artistic mother, in Pennsylvania, and reared in a Philadelphia. There, her father was director of the Flower Observatory. Her “The Gift” is cast in the voice of a child, who is cognizant of own dreams and …

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SONG – Poetry, by Amy Lowell

She was born to wealth, because her paternal grandfather developed the cotton industry of Massachusetts, where two towns (Lowell and Lawrence), are named for the families. Amy Lowell began a lifelong habit of book collecting, accepting a marriage proposal, but the young man set his heart on another woman. She went to Europe and Egypt, to improve her health. 1910, …

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LOVE IS ENOUGH – Poetry, by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

When she was a little angel, her mother wanted a girl child who can become a writer. Her mother believed in pre-natal influences (according to her, parents could influence the soul personality of their little angel child). Ella Wheeler Wilcox was born on a farm in Wisconsin, becoming an American poet, and “Poems of Passion” was her best-known work, and …

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