04 Feb 2022

TNPSC General English – About the Poets

TNPSC General English Authors and their Literary Works – About the Poets:

TNPSC Group 4 General English consists of three parts. Part A: Grammer, Part B: Literature, and Part C: Authors and their Literary Works. In this section, we discuss the third Authors and their Literary Works part. Actually, the Authors and their Literary Works part is easy & students who are preparing for TNPSC Exams can easily score maximum marks in this part. So, we provide the TNPSC General English Study Material – Authors and their Literary Works in an easy way for the TNPSC aspirants.

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TNPSC General English Study Materials – About the Poets:

V K Gokak

  • VK Gokak, a famous novelist and poet in Kannada and a professor of English, wrote and published poetry in English as well.

Henry Wordsworth Longfellow

  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882), the great American poet, was a professor at Harvard.
  • His great fame began with the publication of his first volume of poems ‘Voices of the Night’ in 1839, which included “A Psalm of Life,” one of the nineteenth century’s best-loved poems.
  • His other collections include Ballads (1841), Evangeline (1847), Hiawatha (1855), The Courtship of Miles Standish (1858), and Tales of a Wayside Inn (1863).
  • Longfellow was the most popular poet of his age and during his lifetime he became a ‘national institution’. “His work was musical, mildly romantic, high-minded, and flavored with sentimental preachment” (Norton Anthology of American Literature).

Rabindranath Tagore

  • As we remember Tagore on his 150th birth anniversary, we recall his contribution towards Indian writing in English. A Bengali poet, novelist, and educator, he won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913 which was followed by a series of titles and awards during his career.

Anne Louisa Walker

  • Annie Louisa Walker (1836-1907), British-born novelist, children’s playwright, and poet, was educated in Ontario, where she and her sisters operated a school for ladies.
  • Walker published poetry widely in newspapers on both sides of the border before collecting them in ‘Leaves from the Backwoods’ in 1861-62.
  • She returned to England to work for her cousin, Margaret Oliphant, a well-known novelist and edited her ‘Autobiography and Letters’in 1899, under her married name, Mrs. Harry Coghill.
  • She collected her poetic output in ‘Oak and Maple: English and Canadian Verses.’

Douglas Malloch

  • Douglas Malloch was an American poet, short story writer, and Associate Editor of American Lumberman, a trade paper in Chicago. He became known as a “Lumberman’s poet” both locally and nationally.

Walt Whitman

  • Born on May 31, 1819, Walt Whitman was the second son of Walter Whitman, a house-builder, and Louisa Van Velsor.
  • At the age of twelve, Whitman began to learn the printer’s trade and fell in love with the written word. Largely self-taught, he read voraciously, becoming acquainted with the Bible and the works of Homer, Dante, and Shakespeare.
  • In 1936, at the age of 17, he began his career as a teacher in Long Island. He continued to teach until 1841 when he turned to journalism as a full-time career. He founded a weekly newspaper, Long-Islander.
  • During 1850 – 1855 he focussed, on his own poetic work “Leaves of Grass”, and continued to write. He died at the age of 72 in 1892.

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