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Edgar Allan Poe – Sonnet To Science

In honor of Italian scientist and senator for life, Rita Levi Montalcini, who celebrates her 100th birthday this Wednesday and claims to be sharp as ever, here is Edgar Allan Poe’s Sonnet – To Science. » Read more..

Edgar Allan Poe – Evening Star

I’m in the mood for a POEm, are you? Here is Edgar Allan Poe’s Evening Star from 1827 influenced by Thomas Moore’s “While Gazing on the Moon’s Light”.

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Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss

I know it is late; we’ve had a busy snow day on the east coast so I’m just getting around to saying Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss. Aren’t they still celebrating on the west coast?

Dr. Seuss is the greatest. I can’t tell you how much he has inspired some of my fun rhymes…when you have an alligator stuck down the sink and a parrot that eats carrots in a story and it all rhymes who else could you dedicate a story to? The king of children’s rhyme, that’s who and that, would be Dr. Seuss. (I had nothing to do with the pig in the bowl…let your mind wander).

We’ve all learned from the writings of Dr. Seuss in one way or another. I remember many of the books, my one brother who came 24 years after me learned via Dr. Seuss video tapes that he loved. Is Dr. Seuss still relevant in learning how to read? If he wasn’t I don’t think we’d be celebrating this man who would be in the early hundreds if he were still alive today.

We are still finding new ways to learn with Dr. Seuss…Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!
Thank you for being so writely applied.

Poe Contemporaries

While we spent a lot of time celebrating Edgar Allan Poe’s 200th birthday in January, we find ourselves in the midst of celebrations of Poe’s contemporaries. As fate would have it February 12th was the 200th birthday for both Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin. Both were men of great ideas and Writely Applied in their words as was Poe.

I always watch with great interest programs related to the life of great men. One show after another has been aired on our late great President Abraham Lincoln. During this great time in our history being lead under our first black president, there is much to celebrate in the accomplishments of this great man alone. I was awe struck at the number of people that gathered to see President Lincoln’s remains during his travel across the America of his time. Over seven million people viewed the President during his funeral ride from Washington to Springfield, Illinois.

But he was one man. Rarely do we get to put into perspective a man in his time. I was reading Lincoln, Darwin, Poe – 3 giants born in 1 month by Peter Bourque and of course I got to thinking about how incredible it is. These men, whose paths perhaps never crossed, lived in an evolving period in history. Even if it was not believed so during the time, we look back and are blown away on what was going on in politics and science…and American literature.

“The true genius shudders at incompleteness – and usually prefers silence to saying something which is not everything it should be.” Edgar Allan Poe (January 19, 1809 – October 7, 1849)

“And in the end it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.”
Abraham Lincoln (February 12, 1809 – April 15, 1865)

“A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.”
Charles Darwin (February 12, 1809 – April 19, 1882)


For more information on Poe’s contemporaries, visit the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum and The Complete Work of Charles Darwin Online.

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The Art of Lemonade

The Lemonade Award it cometh twice in December. Both A Poet’s View and Shakespeare Mom have awarded me the Lemonade Award for which Writely Applied is most grateful, especially since these are her first two awards.

And of course…I accept, however the chain stops here. Sorry, as much as I’m honored and love the link love, the chain stops here as WritelyApplied likes to share the link love in other ways.

From this point forward Writely Applied will recognize the Awards and Awarders and I will share links with my readers, but I cannot pass it on. However, so that you all know that your recognition of WritelyApplied will not sit in the nether region of missing sock land with the chain letters requesting that I send a tea towel or a recipe to a friend, relative or who are you and how did you get my name and address…I have set a place aside so that my blog friends are recognized as blogs that recognized WritelyApplied. You’ll find them here at the WritelyApplied Awards page.