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    On April 15, 1802, William Wordsworth and his sister Dorothy saw a large field of daffodils, inspiring the romantic poet to write “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud.” The final stanza of Wordsworth’s popular poem is my favorite one: For oft, when on my couch I lie In vacant or in pensive mood, They flash […]
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    On April 14,1865, President Abraham Lincoln was shot by John Wilkes Booth. The assassin wanted to revive the Confederate cause, mere days after their surrender to the Union Army. Lincoln died the next day. Walt Whitman’s poem, “When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d,” was written in the summer of 1865, after an extended period […]
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    On April 13, 1668, John Dryden was appointed the first English poet laureate by Charles II. “Errors, like straws, upon the surface flow; He who would search for pearls, must dive below.” ― John Dryden, All for Love Photo: commons.wikimedia.org Continue reading →
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    On April 12, 1877, the catcher’s mask was first used in a baseball game. “Oh, somewhere in this favoured land the sun is shining bright,The band is playing somewhere, and somewhere hearts are light;And somewhere men are laughing, and somewhere children shout,But there is no joy in Mudville—mighty Casey has struck out.” Ernest Lawrence Thayer’s […]
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    On April 11, 1890, Ellis Island, New York, was designated as an immigration station. Most people know the final section of Emma Lazarus’ sonnet, “The New Colossus,” but I am more intrigued by this image: Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame Is the imprisoned lightning, […]

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