Poe demonstrates important modifications of Gothicism, principally in imparting psychological realism to his characters and credibility to the situations that affect them.
As a best-selling writer, and as a performer, film producer, director, and social activist, Maya Angelou has promoted black equality throughout her career. She became known to millions of Americans when she read an original poem at the inauguration of President Bill Clinton in January 1993—a moment regarded as a telling reflection of the culture wars.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
English poet. In 1844 she published Poems (including ‘The Cry of the Children’). She wrote Sonnets from the Portuguese (1850), a collection of love lyrics, during their courtship. She wrote strong verse about social injustice and oppression in Victorian England.
Gwendolyn Elizabeth Brooks, the Pulitzer-prize winning poet from the Midwest. Brooks proclaimed in her first autobiography, Report From Part One (1972) and in other works, that she speaks to all black people as she pointedly articulates in her call. Even prior to this clarion call, the centrality of the black subject and the assumption of a black audience prevailed.
Mary Oliver is an American poet known for her poetic contributions to American nature writing in the form of short lyrical poems about flora, fauna, the cosmos, weather, the seasons. American Primitive, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1984. Her poetry reveals her own distinctive voice: plain-spoken, sensual, fresh, earthy, happy to forgo abstractions in favor of whatever is physical, tangible, tastable, available to the body.
A British novelist and poet, A Victorian realist in the tradition of George Eliot, he was influenced both in his novels and in his poetry by Romanticism, especially William Wordsworth.
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