At StephieAnn we love poetry, it’s Stephie Woolven’s inspiration for her beautiful floral silk prints. Her poetry book is full of doodles and art work which is the seed of all designs. Here is our choice of top 10 inspirational poets that we deem are a must read.
Dylan Thomas is the inspiration for the StephieAnn ‘Hammer Through Daisies’ collection. The welsh poet received success at a young age, at 19 years old his poem ‘And Death Shall Have No Dominion’ (our personal favourite) found it’s way into an international publication. ‘And Death Shall Have No Dominion’ is a beautiful poem about ever lasting love, a perfect inspiration for a pretty romantic lingerie/loungewear set. He is best known for his poem ‘Do Not Go Gentle into that Good Night‘ and his play ‘Under Milk Wood’. Thomas also worked with the BBC as a film script writer during World War 2 as he was unable to fight due to a lung condition. Unfortunately Thomas suffered with alcoholism which contributed to his premature death in 1935, at just 39 years old.
Lord Byron is a Stephie Woolven favourite. His poem ‘She Walks in Beauty’ is the inspiration for the new ‘That Tender Light’ collection launching in September. Byron is a significant poet of the romantic era therefore it’s only appropriate he be the inspiration for some beautiful silk lingerie and loungewear sets. Along with his obsession of romanticism was his amorous escapes which he was notoriously known for. His encounters with women and inner feelings were reflected in his works, such as ‘Don Juan’ his most well known poem. Again, his death was premature at 36 years old when he fell ill and contracted an infection whilst commanding a Greek naval fleet fighting for independence from the Ottoman Empire. Even at a young age, Lord Byron had a heroic reputation and his death was mourned across England.
Englishman, Robert Browning was one of the well known poets of the Victorian era. He had a talent for using dramatic monologues and portraying psychological situations. Some of his best poems are some of darkest, intertwining passionate love and murderess death in works such as ‘Porphyria’s Lover’. His most established and well known poem is considered ‘The Pied Piper of Hamelin’ which he ironically didn’t value highly. It wasn’t until his late 50’s that Browning began to attain well known recognition. He was widely respected by Victorian society and died at a ripe age in 1889. The success and talent of his work meant he was laid to rest in Westminster Abbey’s Poets’ Corner.
E. E. Cummings
E. E. Cummings is regarded as a rebel of poetry, he went against stylistic and structural conformity and broke away from literary traditions at the time. His volumes of poetry such as ‘Tulips and Chimneys’ and ‘XLI Poems’ are some of his most renown and follow his iconic style of working. Due to the uncommon style of his work he self-published for the majority of his career before finally accomplishing popular recognition. His life experiences shaped his poetry. Cummings was a intellectual creative attending Harvard University, he fought overseas in World War 1 and was also imprisoned by French authorities for suspicions of treason. The poet died in 1962.
Sylvia Plath was an talented poet who suffered with severe depression for much of her life which was reflected in her works and led to her legacy. The American married another poet Briton Ted Hughes, however Ted left her for another women which led to the deterioration of her condition further. Sadly her demons overcame her and she committed suicide in 1963. The break down of her mental health and her relationship influenced her to write her only novel The Bell Jar describing a young women’s break down. Although she faced much personal trouble in her life, Sylvia was a talented writer who won many poetry and literary awards. One of most famous collections ‘Ariel’ was released after her death in 1963. Her poetic talent and tragic death ensued a legacy in literacy which is still highly regarded today.
Emily Dickinson’s poetry career was a secret and non-existent one. Her story of becoming such a prominently regarded poet is an unusual one. Dickinson lived a quiet life as a recluse in her family home, in this time she secretly wrote collections of poetry. Although Dickinson had a few correspondence that she exchanged letters with neither Emily or her sister Lavinia married. They spent they’re time caring for their mother until she passed away. It wasn’t until 1886, when Dickinson died prematurely of kidney disease that her poetry was discovered by her sister. Lavinia published Emily’s talented poetry and today she regarded as an influential poet of American literature.
The English poet, Christina Rossetti is best renowned for her poetry collections such as ‘Goblin Market’ and ‘The Prince’s Progress’. Not only did she focus on poetry but she also had a talent for nursery rhymes and her book ‘Sing Song’ is noted as one of the best children’s books of the 19th century.
The Irish poet, Oscar Wilde, is one of the most famous faces in the literary world. Although we are focusing on poetry, his best known works were his his novel ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’ and the play ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’. Not only was his poetry and writing famous so was his arrest. Wilde was imprisoned for being gay. When released from prison Wilde went into exile in France where he continued to write poetry influenced by his life experiences up until his premature death in 1900 from meningitis.
Rudyard Kipling was born in Bombay, India, although he was educated in England he returned to India. This had a heavy influence on his work especially for his best known work ‘The Jungle Book’. Kipling won the 1907 Nobel Prize in Literature. Kipling was a great advocate of fighting in Wold War One, so much so he travelled to France to report on the activity. His son, John, enlisted with the Irish Guard, encouraged by his father to do so. However John went missing in action, Kipling returned to France but his body was never discovered. In mourning, Kipling came back to England where his writing style changed to a more dreary side. Kipling suffered with health issues in later life and died from old age.
William Shakespeare is probably one of the best known poets and playwrights in literary history. Shakespeare was a member of the Lord Chamberlain’s Men company of theatrical players. Over 20 years, he showed a flair in the art of capturing a range of human emotion. He died on his birthday on 23rd April 1616.