Friday, August 26, 2011

Happy Birthday, Apollinaire!

Today is the 131st birthday of one of my favorite poets, Guillaume Apollinaire.  Apollinaire is famous for writing very surreal and symbolic poems, and he experimented a lot with how poetry looked on the page, sometimes shaping his poems into images reflecting the poem's title.  I am a huge fan of his book Calligrammes, which deals heavily with World War.  Today's Writer's Almanac features a short, interesting summary of his life.  Happy birthday, Apollinaire!

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