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Poets and Author Series


Leonard Cohen

Cohen published his first book of poetry “Let Us Compare Mythologies” in1956. His next book of poetry, “The Spice-Box of Earth” came out in 1961 followed by “Flowers for Hitler” in 1964. He published “Stranger Music: Selected Poems and Essays in 1993 followed by “Book of Longing” in 2006. He claimed his writing process was “like a bear stumbling into a beehive or a honey cache. I’m stumbling right into it and getting stuck, and it’s delicious and it’s horrible and I’m in it and it’s not very graceful and it’s very painful and yet there’s something inevitable about it. Leonard Cohen died in November of 2016.


Eric Arthur Blair, better known by his pen name as George Orwell

Some notable quotes:

“In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act”

“All animals are equal but some are more equal than others”

“Who controls the past controls the future, who controls the present controls the past”

Orwell had six rules for writing. Thought they were interesting so I have listed them below.

  1. Never use a metaphor, simile or

    other figure

    of speech which you are used to seeing in print.

  2. Never use a long word where a short one will do.

  3. If it is possible to cut out a word always cut it out.

  4. Never use the passive where you can use the active.

  5. Never use a foreign phrase, a scientific word or a jargon word if you can think of an everyday English equivalent.

  6. Break any of these rules rather than say anything barbarous.

He died in London, the United Kingdom in 1950. Wouldn’t he be amazed if he were alive today?