Espada was born in the New York City borough of Brooklyn. His father, a pioneer in the Puerto Rican community and the civil rights struggle, led him to political action at a young age. The Immigrant Iceboy's Bolero, Espada's first collection of political poems, was released in 1982, with photos by his father. He is currently the director of the Poetry Center at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
Espada began writing poetry at the age of 17. He says he decided to do this because it was "the only way to talk back to my parents." Before turning to poetry, he tried acting but failed as an actor due to his lack of confidence.
He has been praised for his activism through his poems. One of his most famous lines is: "Poets are the people who speak truth to power."
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Martin Espada's poetry is replete with references to the pursuit of justice. In "Who Burns for the Perfection of Paper," an apparently positive position (a young guy working his way up from factory job to law school) is undercut by the unfairness built into every part of society, all the way down to the paper he writes on. The last line gives away the poem's pessimistic conclusion: "No one escapes unharmed / from this world or the next."
Espada was a Puerto Rican poet and essayist who lived from 1945-1994. This poem first appeared in his collection The Book of Justice.
Burns for the perfection of paper/ So they say... Some day someone will make enough money out of this stuff to let us all stop working. Then what? What will we do with our time? Why, burn it, of course. Get some more, start over again. It's a little game we play, with life and death as stakes. Actually, I think I prefer my own interpretation. It's more poetic.
Here's how Espada describes the scene: A factory worker sits at a table writing a letter... A lawyer is studying documents in a library... An ambassador is meeting with foreign officials... All because of papers made from wood grown without harm to forests or peat dug from bogs... Because paper keeps our history alive and protects our heritage...
He began writing rhymes at a young age as the son of religious reformer Debendranath Tagore, and after completing his education in England in the late 1870s, he returned to India. He released numerous books of poetry there in the 1880s and completed Manasi (1890), a collection that reflected the culmination of his creativity. It was during this time that he also developed an interest in music and painting.
Tagore's first book of poems, Songs of Travel, was published in 1879 when he was only 20 years old. The following year saw the publication of his second book, Rhythms from Indian Music. These poems were inspired by visits to the homes of friends and musicians. They reflect Tagore's fascination with Indian culture at the time.
In 1883, he married Puja Devi, a daughter of a wealthy family. The couple had four children together but only two survived past infancy: Sonatala and Rajanikanta. In 1888, Tagore went to Europe for the first time and stayed there for several years. Upon his return to India in 1896, he became involved in various social projects including schools for poor children, hospitals, and shelters for abandoned animals.
In 1913, he founded an arts and science college in Chittagong, Bangladesh, where many Asian people were being recruited by British employers during the period of colonial rule. The school soon attracted students from all over Asia who wanted to learn modern languages and music.
Cuaderno San Martin, his 1929 book, has the poem "Isidoro Acevedo," which honors his grandpa, Isidoro de Acevedo Laprida, a veteran in the Buenos Aires Army. Acevedo Laprida, a descendant of Argentine lawyer and politician Francisco Narciso de Laprida, participated in the battles of Cepeda in 1859, Pavon in 1861, and Los Corrales in 1880. He was also involved in the Revolution of '77 as commander of a cavalry regiment.
Borges was born on April 24, 1899 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. His father was an editor at one of Argentina's most prestigious newspapers, La Nación. Borges had a very happy childhood with parents who were passionate about books and poetry. When he was only nine years old, his father died when a horse-drawn carriage he was riding in crashed into a truck on a city street. At the time of the accident, his father was working on his first novel.
After graduating from high school, Borges worked as an editorial assistant for several newspapers including El Cronista, which is where he learned many new things about writing and journalism. He later went to Paris, where he spent several months living with his sister and studying French literature and philosophy at the Sorbonne. When he returned home, Borges started writing poems and short stories that were published in newspapers and magazines.
Joy Harjo began composing poems after being inspired by the American Indian activist movement in New Mexico. She is known for her poetry subjects, which include feminism and Indian justice. Poetry Books Joy Harjo has described poetry as "the most condensed language." Her work has been published in a number of volumes and magazines including The Nation, Prairie Fire, and Zyzzyva.
Harjo received several awards for her poetry including the National Endowment for the Arts Award, the Native American Artist Fellowship from the United States Department of the Interior, and the American Book Award. In 1992, she founded the Turtle Island Institute which aims to promote indigenous rights through education and advocacy.
In addition to writing poetry, Joy Harjo also plays several instruments including the guitar, bass guitar, banjo, ukulele, and violin. She has performed at many events including concerts and festivals.
Some of her famous poems are "The Day Women Went To War" and "Love Song for a Girl Who Has Gone Away".
Born in Birmingham on April 15, 1958, the son of a Barbadian postman and a Jamaican national, He was dyslexic and attended an accredited school, but he dropped out at the age of 13 since he couldn't read or write. He came to London at the age of 22 and released his first poetry book, Pen Rhythm. This book contains poems that deal with social issues such as racism and violence against women.
He then went on to release several more books including Kavkaz (1990), which was nominated for the Guardian First Book Award - this award is given to a debut author who has produced a work that the judges consider to be outstanding and distinctive. His latest book is called God's Funeral Service and it was published in 2014. This book contains poems that talk about religion and religious figures including Jesus, Muhammad, and Krishna.
He has been married three times and has one daughter named Heaven who is also a poet. She was only eight years old when her father died of cancer in 2008.
When he was a student, Ayyappan began composing poems. He joined the Communist Party and worked on the staff of Janayugom, the party journal. Ayyappan is well-known for his heartfelt lyrics as well as his bohemian lifestyle. He smoked cigarettes, drank alcohol, and loved to dance naked in the streets when he had time.
Ayyappan wrote many songs for films, some of which became popular throughout India. His songs usually tell stories about love, life, and nature. He also wrote political poems during this time. In 1957, he received acclaim for his poem "Anubhavangal Paadham" (The Awakening of Love). This poem won him the State Award for Literature.
After writing several more songs for films, Ayyappan stopped writing poems completely for seven years. When he returned in 1964, he published his first collection of poems called "Kumari Pennum" (Silver Necklace). The book was an immediate success and has been translated into several languages.
Ayyappan's work is known for its simple language and direct meaning. He wanted his readers to feel what he felt when he wrote about love, death, or religion. He often sang with music videos that were later added to film soundtracks. Millions of people across India enjoy these songs today.