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Did Wallace Stephens Convert to Catholicism Before He Died?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends related to poetry and poets and whether they are true or false. POETRY URBAN LEGEND: Poet Wallace Stevens converted to Catholicism before he died. The idea of someone converting to another religion is a pretty commonplace situation. And someone converting while on their [...]

Were Some of Shel Silverstein’s Poems for Children Originally Published in Playboy?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends related to poetry and poets and whether they are true or false. POETRY URBAN LEGEND: Some of Shel Silverstein’s poems for Where the Sidewalk Ends and A Light in the Attic originally appeared in the pages of Playboy. Reader Jeff asked: I know [...]

Was the Famed Poet Marianne Moore Hired to Name the Car That Would Ultimately be Known as the Edsel?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends related to poetry and poets and whether they are true or false. POETRY URBAN LEGEND: Marianne Moore was asked to come up with a name for the brand of car that eventually became known as the Edsel. Marianne Moore was one of the [...]

Was Djuna Barnes’ Novel, Nightwood, Named By T.S. Eliot?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends related to poetry and poets and whether they are true or false. POETRY URBAN LEGEND: The famed poet T.S. Eliot came up with the name for Djuna Barnes’ classic novel, Nightwood. Thomas Stearns (T.S.) Eliot is one of the most acclaimed and well [...]

Did the Founder of the Modern Olympics Also Happen to Win the First Olympic Gold Medal for Literature?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends related to poetry and poets and whether they are true or false. POETRY URBAN LEGEND: The first winner of an Olympic Gold medal for Literature went to a poem written by the creator of the modern Olympics. In 1924, Oliver St. John Gogarty [...]

Did an Irish Poet Sneak An Insult Into a Seemingly Patriotic Poem?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends related to poetry and poets and whether they are true or false. POETRY URBAN LEGEND: Oliver St. John Gogarty wrote a poem dedicated to the returning Irish soldiers from the Boer War that contained a hidden, less celebratory, meaning within. Oliver St. John [...]