Jim Morrison *XII 8 1943 — The Life You Give

Jim Morrison, born James Douglas Morrison, December 8, 1943, in Melbourne, Florida, U.S.A., is the singer and songwriter who was the charismatic front man of the psychedelic rock group the Doors.Morrison’s father was a naval officer (ultimately an admiral), and the family moved frequently, though it settled down in the Washington, D.C., suburb of Alexandria,… Continue reading Jim Morrison *XII 8 1943 — The Life You Give

Rainer Maria Rilke *XII 4 1875 — Das Leben das Du Gibst

Rainer Maria Rilke, born René Maria Rilke, Dec. 4, 1875, in Prague, Bohemia, Austria-Hungary [now in Czech Republic], is the poet who became internationally famous with such works as Duino Elegies and Sonnets to Orpheus.Rilke was the only son of a not-too-happy marriage. His father, Josef, a civil servant, was a man frustrated in his… Continue reading Rainer Maria Rilke *XII 4 1875 — Das Leben das Du Gibst

William Blake *XI 28 1757 — The Life You Give

William Blake, born Nov. 28, 1757, in London, England, is the engraver, artist, poet, and visionary, author of exquisite lyrics in Songs of Innocence (1789) and Songs of Experience (1794) and profound and difficult “prophecies,” such as Visions of the Daughters of Albion (1793), The First Book of Urizen (1794), Milton (1804[–?11]), and Jerusalem (1804[–?20]).… Continue reading William Blake *XI 28 1757 — The Life You Give

Stefan Zweig *XI 28 1881 — The Life You Give

Stefan Zweig, born November 28, 1881, Vienna, Austro-Hungarian Empire [now in Austria], is the writer who achieved distinction in several genres—poetry, essays, short stories, and dramas—most notably in his interpretations of imaginary and historical characters.Zweig was raised in Vienna. His first book, a volume of poetry, was published in 1901. He received a doctorate from… Continue reading Stefan Zweig *XI 28 1881 — The Life You Give

Friedrich von Schiller *XI 10 1759 The Life You Give

Friedrich Schiller, born Johann Christoph Friedrich Schiller, Nov. 10, 1759, in Marbach, Württemberg [Germany], is a leading dramatist, poet, and literary theorist, best remembered for such dramas as Die Räuber (1781; The Robbers), the Wallenstein trilogy (1800–01), Maria Stuart (1801), and Wilhelm Tell (1804).Friedrich Schiller was the second child of Lieut. Johann Kaspar Schiller and… Continue reading Friedrich von Schiller *XI 10 1759 The Life You Give

Oscar Wilde *X 16 1854 — The Life You Give

Oscar Wilde, born Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde, October 16, 1854, Dublin, Ireland—died November 30, 1900, Paris, France), Irish wit, poet, and dramatist whose reputation rests on his only novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray (1891), and on his comic masterpieces Lady Windermere’s Fan (1892) and The Importance of Being Earnest (1895). He was a… Continue reading Oscar Wilde *X 16 1854 — The Life You Give

The Life You Give: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe *VIII 28 1749

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, born August 28, 1749, in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, is the poet, playwright, novelist, scientist, statesman, theatre director, critic, and amateur artist, considered the greatest German literary figure of the modern era.Goethe is the only German literary figure whose range and international standing equal those of Germany’s supreme philosophers (who have… Continue reading The Life You Give: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe *VIII 28 1749

The Life You Give: Jorge Luis Borges *VII 24 1899

Jorge Luis Borges, born Jorge Francisco Isidoro Luis Borges Acevedo, August 24, 1899, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, is the poet, essayist, and short-story writer whose works became classics of 20th-century world literature.Borges was reared in the then-shabby Palermo district of Buenos Aires, the setting of some of his works. His family, which had been notable… Continue reading The Life You Give: Jorge Luis Borges *VII 24 1899

Das Leben, das Du Gibst / The Life You Give: Ernst Jandl *VIII 1 1932

A biography in English is at the bottom Der österreichische Schriftsteller zählt zu den renommiertesten Repräsentanten der experimentellen Lyrik. Er hat sich vor allen Dingen einen Namen durch seine witzigen Sprachexperimente gemacht. Diesbezüglich ist seine Lyrik zu nennen, die durch die ausgesuchte Klangqualität an die dadaistische Strömung erinnern. Kennzeichnend für sein Schaffen waren die Experimente… Continue reading Das Leben, das Du Gibst / The Life You Give: Ernst Jandl *VIII 1 1932

La Vida Que Das / The Life You Give: Pablo Neruda *VII 11 1904

El mundo de la literatura es grotescamente amplio, con una cantidad de autores que, a lo largo de los años, han aportado su pequeño grano de arena al mundo literario. Sin embargo, algunos son más reconocidos que otros por diversas razones, incluso para aquellas personas que no son muy allegadas a la lectura, algunos nombres… Continue reading La Vida Que Das / The Life You Give: Pablo Neruda *VII 11 1904

Das Leben, das Du gibst / The Life You Give: Kurt Schwitters *1887

Kurt Schwitters, born June 20, 1887, in Hannover, Germany, is the Dada artist and poet, best known for his collages and relief constructions.Soon after World War I Schwitters was attracted by the emerging Dada school, a nihilistic literary and artistic movement dedicated to the destruction of existing aesthetic values. Denied membership in the Berlin circle… Continue reading Das Leben, das Du gibst / The Life You Give: Kurt Schwitters *1887

La Vida Que Das / The Life You Give: Federico García Lorca *1898

See English text below Federico García Lorca (Fuentevaqueros, 5 de junio de 1898 – camino Víznar a Alfacar, 1936). Poeta y dramaturgo español, adscrito a la generación del 27. Desde pequeño entra en contacto con las artes a través de la música y el dibujo. En 1915 comienza a estudiar Filosofía y Letras, así como… Continue reading La Vida Que Das / The Life You Give: Federico García Lorca *1898

Birthdates years ago today — Breonna Taylor 1993; Violinist Laurie Anderson 1947; Pianist Martha Argerich 1941; Poet Federico García Lorca 1898

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The Life You Give: Allen Ginsberg *1926

Allen Ginsberg, born June 3, 1926, in Newark, New Jersey, U.S.A., is the poet whose epic poem Howl (1956) is considered to be one of the most significant products of the Beat movement.Ginsberg grew up in Paterson, New Jersey, where his father, Louis Ginsberg, himself a poet, taught English. Allen Ginsberg’s mother, whom he mourned… Continue reading The Life You Give: Allen Ginsberg *1926

Apelación al solitario / Appeal to the Solitary One — by Rosario Castellanos

Apelación al solitario Es necesario, a veces, encontrar compañía. Amigo, no es posible ni nacer ni morir sin con otro. Es bueno que la amistad Ie quite al trabajo esa cara de castigo y a la alegría ese aire ilícito de robo. ¿Cómo podrías estar solo a la hora completa, en que las cosas y… Continue reading Apelación al solitario / Appeal to the Solitary One — by Rosario Castellanos

The Life You Give / La Vida Que Das: Rosario Castellanos *1925

Biografía en español a fin de página Rosario Castellanos, born May 25, 1925, in Mexico City, Mexico, is the novelist, short-story writer, poet, essayist, and diplomat who was probably the most important Mexican woman writer of the 20th century. Her 1950 master’s thesis, Sobre cultura femenina (“On Feminine Culture”), became a turning point for modern… Continue reading The Life You Give / La Vida Que Das: Rosario Castellanos *1925

The Life You Give: Maya Angelou *1928

Maya Angelou, born Marguerite Annie Johnson, on April 4, 1928, in St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.A., is the poet, memoirist, and actress whose several volumes of autobiography explore the themes of economic, racial, and sexual oppression.Although born in St. Louis, Angelou spent much of her childhood in the care of her paternal grandmother in rural Stamps,… Continue reading The Life You Give: Maya Angelou *1928

When lips to a mind of music speak…

why speak words? Are they speaking due to their own music limits? Do they speak because they are externally asked to convey words, while they have already conveyed music? Are words explanation? Does music need wording? Is music whole through explanation? Why the needy libretto? Who needs who? Is poetry the pursuit of completion?Is the… Continue reading When lips to a mind of music speak…

The Life You Give: Victor Hugo *1802

Victor Hugo, born Victor-Marie Hugo, on February 26 1802, in Besançon, France, is the poet, novelist, and dramatist who was the most important of the French Romantic writers. Though regarded in France as one of that country’s greatest poets, he is better known abroad for such novels as Notre-Dame de Paris (1831) and Les Misérables… Continue reading The Life You Give: Victor Hugo *1802