Fun facts about poets and poetry from Shakespeare to Marianne Moore
E. E. Cummings dedicated his self-published volume of poetry, No Thanks, to the fourteen publishers who had turned it down.
In the source poem for Romeo and Juliet, Juliet is 15. Nobody knows why Shakespeare chose to make her 13 in his play.
The word ‘syphilis’ is derived from the name of an afflicted character in a 1530 poem by Italian physician Girolamo Fracastoro.
An 1852 edition of John Milton’s Poetical Works was bound in the skin of a murderer, George Cudmore.
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