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10 Famous Authors Who Were Born in June

It’s finally June; the first month where it really starts to feel like summer! Now is the perfect time to grab your favorite book, pop on over to the nearest park, take root under a tree, and read while you soak up the sun.

 

And, what better way to celebrate the month of June than with the works of an author born this very month? Let’s say happy birthday to these ten Geminis and Cancers!

 

 

Thomas Hardy (June 2, 1840)

 

Thomas Hardy

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Time changes everything except something within us which is always surprised by change.

 

 

Allen Ginsberg (June 3, 1926)

 

Allen Ginsberg

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Follow your inner moonlight; don’t hide the madness.

 

 

Nikki Giovanni (June 7, 1943)

 

Nikki Giovanni

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There is always something to do. There are hungry people to feed, naked people to clothe, sick people to comfort and make well. And while I don’t expect you to save the world I do think it’s not asking too much for you to love those with whom you sleep, share the happiness of those whom you call friend, engage those among you who are visionary and remove from your life those who offer you depression, despair and disrespect.

 

Maurice Sendak (June 10, 1928)

 

Maurice Sendak

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Why my needle is stuck in childhood, I don’t know. I guess that’s where my heart is.

 

Anne Frank (June 12, 1929)

 

Anne Frank

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How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.

 

William Butler Yeats (June 13, 1865)

 

Yeats

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Education is not the filling of a pail, but rather the lighting of a fire.

 

Joyce Carol Oates (June 16, 1938)

 

Joyce Carol Oates

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We are linked by blood, and blood is memory without language.

 

Octavia E. Butler (June 22, 1947)

 

Octavia E. Butler

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I just knew there were stories I wanted to tell.

 

George Orwell (June 25, 1903)

 

George Orwell

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The Revolution will be complete when the language is perfect.

 

Jean-Jacques Rousseau (June 28, 1712)

 

Jean-Jacques Rousseau

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Man is born free and everywhere he is in chains.

 

 

 

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10 Essential Poems You Can Read Online

The Internet is a great resource for readers because it offers so much reading material for free. Just click on each title on this list to view the poem!

There are far more than ten great poems hanging around the Internet, of course, so we’ve tried to limit ourselves to the most essential and classic examples. Share your own favorites in the comments!

“Because I Could Not Stop For Death” by Emily Dickinson

“Because I Could Not Stop For Death” is grim, elegant, and rhythmic. It’s a perfect example of Dickinson’s style. The fact that this poem was published only after Dickinson died is, unfortunately, also typical of Dickinson. She published just eight of her poems during her lifetime, and only became famous after she passed away.

 

“Daddy” by Sylvia Plath

Sylvia Plath is one of the most iconic and tragic figures in the history of literature. Her poetry has a sort of desperate quality that gives it the same power as her famous novel The Bell Jar. In “Daddy,” the speaker inspects her relationship with her father, and everything that it connects to.

 

“Dinosauria, We” by Charles Bukowski


Bukowski’s wild free-form poems are alternately depressing and exciting. “Dinosauria, We” captures Bukowski’s grim outlook on life. In Bukowski’s apocalyptic view, we are “Born like this / Into this.”

 

“Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night” by Dylan Thomas


Dylan Thomas’ most famous poem is a masterpiece. The poem has inspired everything from songs and stories to works of art. It’s also perhaps the most famous example of a villanelle, a poetic form that requires 19 repeating lines.

 

“Harlem” by Langston Hughes


Hughes, a key figure in the Harlem renaissance, writes here about the neighborhood where it all happened. “What happens to a dream deferred?” Hughes asks. His poem’s suggested answers consider misery and, ultimately, spectacular hope.

 

“Ozymandias” by Percy Bysshe Shelley


Shelley’s most famous sonnet reflects on the fleeting nature of power. The poet describes a ruined monument to Ozymandius (the Greek name for Pharaoh Ramesses II). “Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!” the inscription reads, though there is nothing left to see.

 

“Song of Myself” by Walt Whitman


Whitman’s famous works often touch on the America of his time, including the brutal realities of life during the Civil War. “Song of Myself” is no exception, but it also includes deeply personal thoughts. “Song of Myself” was published in Whitman’s famous Leaves of Grass.

 

Sonnet 18 (“Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?”) by William Shakespeare


Just about any of Shakespeare’s sonnets could hold their own on this list – after all, he did Shakespearian sonnets so well that he lent his name to the form. We’ve chosen one of his most famous. You can find all of Shakespeare’s sonnets online, so if you disagree with our selection, just link to your suggestion in the comments section!

 

“Still I Rise” by Maya Angelou

Angelou’s inspirational “Still I Rise” is a testament to overcoming history and discrimination. “Out of the huts of history’s shame / I rise,” Angelou writes, capturing both the degradation of slavery and the unconquered spirit of blacks in America. With race relations front and center in American culture once again, there’s no better time to read this poem.

 

“Who Goes With Fergus?” by William Butler Yeats

Ireland’s most famous poet is worthy of the year-long celebration that his nation is giving him this year. Here, he draws a figure from Irish mythology and gives him the poetic treatment. Yeats’ elevates the Irish source material by using it as inspiration, just as other poets used stories from Greek and Roman source in their own work.

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