John Milton was three times married. With his first wife, Mary Powell, he was most unhappy, and of the three daughters born of this marriage, two were most unkind to their father. Milton bore his trials with a beautiful serenity and fortitude, and would not condescend to little things. Deborah, his one affectionate and faithful daughter, speaks of his cheerfulness and describes … [Read more...] about Which English poet was three times married ?
Madison Cawein is the poet of the blue-grass country. He was born in Kentucky, and his poems have the true Kentucky atmosphere,—“ the ripeness, mellowness, and sweetness of bird song and beauty of foliage, which are characteristic of the blue-grass country,” as witnessed in the following stanzas: When things go wrong, as they often will, With the work you have in hand, Just … [Read more...] about Who was the poet of the blue-grass country?
Mary E. Waller is the author of “ My Ragpicker.” This is the story of a little French girl whose only mother was the historic and somewhat forbidding cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris. To embrace a great stone pillar of this cathedral was to her like clinging to the knees of her mother. She knelt by it, clasped it in her arms, and pressed her aching head against it and found … [Read more...] about Who Was The Writer of My Ragpicker?
Benjamin Franklin was the originator of the first circulating library. In 1731 he suggested to his fellow-members of the Junto Club that they keep their books together, so that all the members might have access to them. The public library of today is the outcome of this experiment. … [Read more...] about Who was the originator of the first circulating library?
Walt Whitman selected his own burial-place and designed his own tomb. Raleigh Cemetery, a mile or two outside of Camden, New Jersey, is the place he selected for his burial. On a steep hillside clothed by natural forest trees,—oaks, beeches, and hickories,—he prepared his sepulcher, designing it himself and coming frequently, until too infirm to do so longer, to supervise the … [Read more...] about Which poet selected his own burial-place and designed his own sepulcher?