World’s most famous poets!
The most famous poets and their most celebrated poems.
On World Poetry Day, we take a look at the reason this day is celebrated and the topmost classic poets and their most celebrated works.
So, the first question that comes to mind is why is World Poetry Day celebrated? March 21 was declared by UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) as World Poetry Day in 1999. The idea behind this is to promote the reading, writing, publishing and teaching of poetry globally.
Classic poets and their best works
William Wordsworth was born on April 7, 1770 in Cumberland, England. He is one of the most famous poets globally till date. He was known to practice and preach an extremely simple style of poetry writing and his poems weren’t just restricted to one genre. He wrote about anything and everything including love, politics and nature. Some of his best known poems are Daffodils, London 1802, London 1802, It is a beauteous evening, Ode to duty, The tables turned, I wandered lonely as a cloud, We are seven and Written in March.
Edward Estlin Cummings was born in Massachusetts, USA on October 14, 1894. He is best known for writing the ultimate romantic poems. His works include classics like I carry your heart with me, It is at moments after I have dreamed, My love is building a building, Cruelly...Love and When my love comes to see me.
William Butler Yeats was born in Dublin, Ireland on June 13, 1865. His poetry has a realistic/political side but his writing was also heavily influenced by Irish legends. Some of his best known poems are The falling of the leaves, The second coming, Easter...1916, A meditation in time of war, Lapis lazuli and To Ireland in the coming times.
Jalaal ud-Din Muhammad Rumi was born in Balkh, Afghanistan in 1207. His was a Sufi mystic and hence almost all his poetry revolved around that ideology. He wrote his poems in Persian but they have been translated into countless languages throughout the world. Their English translations are immensely popular in the West. Some of his best known works include Be lost in the call, Come, come, whoever you are, This marriage, Our death is our wedding with eternity, A moment of happiness, Any soul that drank the nectar, I throw it all away and The meaning of love.
Sylvia Plath was born in Boston, USA on October 27, 1932. Even though her life and creativity was cut short when she committed suicide at the young age of 30, the poems she left behind are considered masterpieces today. Her genre of poetry was confessional wherein she highlighted her ongoing emotional issues and the major depression she was battling. Sometimes she also wrote about her feelings for fellow poet and husband Ted Hughes. Her best known works are Love is a parallax, Insomniac, Letter in November, Words, Winter trees, Ariel, Daddy, Ella Mason and her eleven cats, Wreath for a bridal and Love letter.
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