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The Power of Loss

Author Biographies
Author Biographies
Poems from Europe
Poems from Asia
Poems from Africa
Poems from Other countries

short biographies of the authors, organized into their continents of birth and placed in alphabetical order

European authors-


Andreas Gryphius- German lyric poet and dramatist, was born on. the 11th of October 1616, at Grossglogau in Silesia, where his father was a clergyman. The family name was Greif, latinized, according to the prevailing fashion, as Gryphius. Left early an orphan and driven from his native town by the troubles of the Thirty Years’ War, he received his schooling in various places, but notably at Fraustadt, where he enjoyed an excellent classical education. After travelling in France, Italy and South Germany, Gryphius settled in 1647 at Fraustadt, where he began his dramatic work, and in 1650 was appointed syndic of Glogau, a post he held until his death on the 16th of July 1664.

David Lewis Paget- Born in Nottingham, he lived in Great Barr, Birmingham. Father of 7, grandfather of 19, now Teaching English at Wenzhou Medical College, an arm of the Wenzhou University, Zhejiang Province, People's Republic of China.

Homer- Though other places are named, the greatest amount of legendary evidence clearly points to Smyrna as the city of his birth. The age of Homer is much more doubtful, but Herodotus places the age of Homer 400 years before his own time, that is about 850 B.C. It was aid that Homer was blind and recited his poems as he travelled from place to place.

Louise Labe- Louise Labe was born in the early 1520s to a rope-maker. Her mother died when she was a child; her father had her educated in languages and music. She was married in her mid-teens to another rope-maker, some 30 years older than she. Her husband died in the early 1560s and she died in 1566.

Paul Verlaine- He was born in 1844 in France. He was part of the Symbloist movment and died in 1896.

Richard George- He lives in St.Albans, near London, with his widowed mother. He was educated at Oxford University, reading Latin and Greek at Queen's College and gaining a Doctorate in 1994 and now has over 120 poems published.

Robert Herrick- Robert Herrick was born in London, the seventh child of Nicholas Herrick, a wealthy goldsmith. He entered St John's College, Cambridge in 1613 and graduated a Bachelor of Arts in 1617, Master of Arts in 1620, and in 1623 he was ordained priest. In 1660 he was reinstated at Dean Prior where he lived for the remainder of his life.

William Butler Yeats- William Butler Yeats was born on June 13, 1865 in Dublin. His father was a lawyer turned Pre-Raphaelite painter. In 1867 the family followed him to London and settled in Bedford Park. In 1881 they returned to Dublin, where Yeats studied at the Metropolitan School of Art. 1917 he married Georgie Hyde-Lee and died on January 28, 1939 at the Hôtel Idéal Séjour, in Menton, France.

William Shakespeare- He was born in Stratford-upon-Avon on April 23, 1564. He married Anne Hathaway on November 28, 1582. He died on his birthday, April 23, 1616.

William Topaz McGonagall- He was born of Irish parents in Edinburgh, Scotland, in March 1825. The family settled in Dundee while William was still a boy, and he lived there for the rest of his life. He died in 1902.


Asian authors-


Li Ch'ing-Chao- She was born around 1084 in China. She married when she was 18 but her husband died in 1129 after an illness. She lived on untill about 1151.

Li Po- He was born in 701 in China. Most of his life he wandered about China becoming very famous until he died in 762.

Rajaram Ramachandran- Rajaram was born on July 13, 1931 at Madras, India. He completed his High School English Medium course in the year 1946. He retirement from the active service in the year 1989.

Rajbir Parashar- He has done Ph.D on Ted Hughes. He now teaches at RKSD college Kaithal, Haryana. India.


African authors-


Annette M'Baye d'Erneville- She was born in 1926 in Senegal. She went to school at the École Normale d'Institutrices.

Christopher Okigbo- He was born in 1932 in Nigeria.

Jean-Joseph Rabearivelo- He was born in 1901 and lived during the French rule of Madagascar. He went to a Catholic school. He died in 1937.

Oliver O. Mabamara- He was born in Nigeria and went to school at both University of Lagos Nigeria and the Nigerian Law School.

DOGHUDJE DOGHUDJE - He is from Nigeria and still lives there today.


Other authors-


Isabella Valancy Crawford- Isabella Valancy Crawford was born in Dublin in 1850 on December 25, the sixth child of Dr. Stephen Dennis Crawford and Sidney Scott Crawford. She died suddenly at her flat on Feb. 12, 1886.

Jose Asuncion Silva- He was born in 1865. He suffered from family debt and the death of a beloved sister, and he committed suicide in 1896, leaving behind a debt of $210,000.

K. Jared Hosein- He was born in 1986. He was born and raised in the Caribbean island state Trinidad and Tobago.

Marjorie Pickthall- Born in 1889, she received her education at Bishop Strachan School for Girls. She settled in a cottage on Vancouver Island. She died unexpectedly from an embolus in the spring of 1922 following an operation in a Vancouver General Hospital for a recurrent ailment.

Pablo Neruda- Pablo Neruda was born in Parral, Chile in 1904. Between 1970 and 1973 he served in Allende’s Chilean Government as ambassador to Paris. He died shortly after the coup that ended the Allende Government in 1973.

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