Stamps celebrating poets today. You might not think there would be very many poet stamps, but this is just a sampling...
Maya Angelou, Ghana
William Blake, Romania
Robert Burns, Russia
Lord Byron, Greece
Paul Laurence Dunbar, U.S.A.
T.S. Eliot, Nicaragua
Langston Hughes, U.S.A.
John Keats, U.K.
Rudyard Kipling, DRC
Edgar Lee Masters, U.S.A.
Pablo Neruda, Poland
Alexander Pushkin, Russia
Carl Sandburg, U.S.A.
Dr. Seuss, U.S.A.
Rabindranath Tagore, Uruguay
20th century poets, U.S.A.
Derek Walcott, Saint Lucia
Walt Whitman, Czechoslovakia
John Greenleaf Whittier, U.S.A.
Oscar Wilde, San Marino
William Wordsworth, U.K.
William Butler Yeats, Ireland
* Literary Stamps
* Poetry in Stamps at Bob's Home for Writing.
* William Shakespeare on Stamps at The British Postal Museum & Archive
* Shakespeare on Stamps at the Philatelic Database
* Emily Dickinson stamp
And a poem by a stamp-poet inspired by another stamp-poet:
On the Sale by Auction of Keat's Love-Letters
by Oscar Wilde
These are the letters which Endymion wrote
To one he loved in secret and apart,
And now the brawlers of the auction-mart
Bargain and bid for each poor blotted note,
Aye! for each separate pulse of passion quote
The merchant's price! I think they love not art
Who break the crystal of a poet's heart,
That small and sickly eyes may glare or gloat.
Is it not said, that many years ago,
In a far Eastern town some soldiers ran
With torches through the midnight, and began
To wrangle for mean raiment, and to throw
Dice for the garments of a wretched man,
Not knowing the God's wonder, or his woe?
Tara at A Teaching Life has the Poetry Friday round-up today.