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Selma Lagerlöf Dies

Selma Lagerlöf was a Swedish author and the first woman to win the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Born on November 20, 1858 in western Sweden, Selma Lagerlöf had a hip injury early in life, which led to sickness and left her lame in both legs. She loved reading and eventually worked as a school teacher when she came of age. After winning a publishing contract for Gösta Berling’s Saga, she gave up teaching for good to focus on her writing career.

Lagerlöf won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1909; she was the first woman to win the Nobel Prize for Literature and become a member of the academy. She was most known for Nils Holgerssons underbara resa genom Sverige (The Wonderful Adventure of Nils), a children’s book. She was an integral part of women’s rights in Sweden and the women’s suffrage movement.

Selma Lagerlöf died on March 16, 1940 at the age of 81.

Sources: Wikipedia

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Bad Poetry Day

August 18 is Bad Poetry Day!

Bad poetry happens, whether you intend to create dreadful verse or not. As irritating as it may be to write a new poem only to toss it when you realize how bad it is, a bad poem every now and then never hurt a poet. At the very least, the act of writing the poem, no matter how bad, may have helped you get through a tough time.

It might seem silly to celebrate bad poetry, but bad poems serve their purpose…For example, how would we know the good poetry from the bad poetry without the bad poetry to compare it to?

Celebrate Bad Poetry Day by writing a bad poem, heading to a poetry reading (because you know you’ll hear a couple of cringe-worthy poems), or check out “Very Bad Poetry,” an anthology compiled by Kathryn Petras and Ross Petras that contains 131 poems – by well-known poets – that are so bad, they’re brilliant.

Bad Poetry is copyrighted by Wellcat.

 

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