Born François-Marie Arouet (1694 – 1778), Voltaire was a French philosopher during the French Enlightment era. He was an avocate for freedom of religion and expression, who adopted his nom de plume following his 11-month imprisonment at the Bastille, Paris in 1718.
One of my most favourite poets, in all of history, is John Donne (1572 – 1631).
Born in England during a time when religion was illegal, he became known as a Metaphysical Poet. According to Poets.org:
“The Metaphysical Poets are known for their ability to startle the reader and coax new perspective through paradoxical images, subtle argument, inventive syntax, and imagery from art, philosophy, and religion using an extended metaphor known as a conceit.”¹
I learnt of Donne when I saw a documentary on him, called Simon Schama’s John Donne. I only watched it, because I’m a fan of Schama from his History of Modern Britain programmes. I had no idea who the heck this poet was, or any of his works. But since I like learning new things, so I watched it.
I was engrossed.
Yesterday, 18th January, it was Martin Luther King Jr. Day (aka MLK Day).
On this day, America shuts down for this federal holiday to commemorate the great orator (1929 – 1968) , who led the great “I had a dream” speech. This was the man who led the peaceful protests against segregation during the Civil Rights Movement.
Now, Albert Einstein may not be an official writer, but he was a scientist. With all those essays, reports and books that scientists write, I’m pretty sure they are writers too!
A year ago, yesterday, the brilliant actor Robin Williams took his own life. It was a sad day. Continue reading
In response to Writer's Quote Wednesday.
Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do…
Explore. Dream. Discover.
– Mark Twain (1835 – 1910)