Today's Featured Poet

Queen Elizabeth I

The daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, Queen Elizabeth I ascended to the throne in 1558. Elizabeth’s artful use of ambiguity infuses her writing. She produced the first English translation of Horace’s Art of Poetry. Her respect for learning...

The doubt of future foes exiles my present joy,
And wit me warns to shun such snares as threaten mine annoy;
For falsehood now doth flow, and subjects’ faith doth ebb,
Which should not be if reason ruled or wisdom...

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