Poet Robert Francis


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Robert Francis, born in Upland, Pennsylvania in 1901. He was educated at Harvard University. After graduating, he moved into a small house in Amherst, Massachusetts that he named "Fort Juniper", inspiring editors at the University of Massachusetts Press to name their poetry award the Juniper Prize. His autobiography, The Trouble with Francis (1971), recounts in alarming detail the construction of this retreat, even including a ledger of materials and their cost down to the last nail, as though the poet were driven to prove his frugality. In The Satirical Rogue On Poetry, his curious collection of witticisms, criticisms and aphorisms, Francis included...

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Op, Alle Christne, Stemmer I

Nicolaj Frederik Severin Grundtvig

Op, alle Christne, stemmer i!
Om Christus vil vi sjunge,
Med Sjæl og Hjerte sjunge vi,
Alt som med Mund og Tunge,
Og prise Herrens Kiærlighed,
Som sendte os fra Himlen ned...

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Anne Killigrew

Anne Killigrew was an English poet. Born in London, Killigrew is perhaps best known as the subject of a famous elegy by the poet John Dryden entitled To The Pious Memory of the Accomplish'd Young Lady Mrs. Anne Killigrew (1686). She...

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