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ALFONSINA STORNI – Her death inspired to compose the song “Alfonsina and the Sea” performed by many singers.

Her parents called her Alfonsina, which means, she was ready for everything. She was one of the most important Argentine and Latin–American poets of the modernist period. Alfonsina Storni – was born in Switzerland in 1892 and lived there until she was four years old. In 1896 the family returned to San Juan, and a few years later, in 1901, ...

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SCHADES OD BRAZILIAN POETRY – Hilda Hist: do you see me as mad? Because there is desire within me, everything glimmers

Her first novel aroused great scandal. It was published in 1950 and was titled “Presagio”. The book told the story of love between two pariahs, but “Letters from a seducer” remains the best among her erotic novels. She describes the everyday life of Karl, a wealthy and amoral man, who seeks an answer to his incomprehension of life through sex. ...

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VENEZUELAN POETRY – Hanni Ossott, Everything and Nothing

She obtained José Antonio Ramos Sucre Prize and the Lazo Martí Prize, continuing to work as a literary translator and critic. Hanni Ossott was born in Caracas on February 14th, 1946, and the perception of that day accompanied her life as a Venezuelan poet, till the time she died in 2002. Graduated in 1975, she began to hold seminars at ...

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MEXICAN POETRY – Octavio Paz, intellectual dissident

He was convinced, that when a society is corrupts, it is the language which first imputes. For him, faith in poetic creation was a means of returning meaning to existence. Octavio Paz, one of the greatest Mexican intellectuals was born in Mexico City in 1914 and died in 1998. The award of the Nobel Prize for Literature has rewarded the ...

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AMERICAN POETRY – Obscenities, by Michael Casey

His style was realistic and atmospheric. His first collection was chosen for the Yale Series of Younger Poets. Michael Casey (born in Lowell, Massachusetts,1947) is American poet of Armenian descent. After graduating college he was drafted into the U.S. Army and his stay at Fort Leonardwood (Missouri) provided the background for the later book (The Million Dollar Hole). In 1972 ...

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THOSE BLUE DAYS AND THAT SUN OF CHILDHOOD – Three poems by Antonio Machado, one of the greatest Spanish poets of all time

He was a Spanish poet and writer, one of the greatest of all time. Antonio Machado was born in Seville in 1875, but at the age of eight he left the Andalusian city and went to Madrid. He studied at a secular and modern school. Later he traveled to Paris, where he also met Oscar Wilde and poet Rubén Darío. ...

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GUILLAUME APOLLINAIRE (1880/1918) – Leader of the Surrealist movement, which marked an epoch

He became friends with avant-garde artists (including Picasso and Braque, Rousseau and Duchamp). Illegitimate son of Polish woman and an unidentified man (his father may have been a cardinal in the Church or an Italian military officer) was born in Rome. His career influenced the development of such artistic movements (as Futurism and Cubism, Dadaism, and Surrealism). Guillaume Apollinaire was bohemian artist ...

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GERMAN POETRY – Love poetry of Else Lasker-Schüler

She was German poetess, the lyrical phenomenon of modern Germany. She grew up as a prodigal child, in fact, at four years she already knew how to read and write. In 1894 he moved to Berlin, where he remained until 1933. Here she published first poems. Her first collection of poems was published in 1902. Else Lasker-Schüler with a collection ...

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SHE WAS DEEPLY LOVED BY RUSSIAN PEOPLE – Anna Akhmatova, short lyric poems and structured cycles

Two years before her death at the age of 76, she was chosen president of the Writers’ Union. Anna Akhmatova was a Russian modernist poet, one of the most acclaimed writers in the Russian canon. Her work ranges from short lyric poems to structured cycles (such as Requiem, tragic masterpiece about the Stalinist terror). She was born into upper-class family ...

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KOREAN POEMS – Chung Ho-seung

Chung Ho-seung was born in 1950 and since his debut in 1972 (with a poem featured in the Korea Daily News), he has published many poetry collections, which has achieved both critical acclaim and mass appeal. His minimal verse style interweaves the everday and the fantastic. His poems have the rhythm of songs, his vocabulary is chosen for its emotive ...

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