Quote of the week
‘If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.’ -Milton Berle
Laugh Out Loud!
Why did the computer squeak?
Author of the week
Elias Canetti was a Bulgarian author who is widely regarded for winning many awards such as the Nobel Prize in Literature and the Prix International (the International Prize Literary award in France). He was born on the 25th of July 1905 to mother, Mathilde Arditti and father, Jacques Canetti and his childhood was divided between many places such as Manchester in England, Ruse in Bulgaria and Vienna in Austria because of his father’s work and death as well. He also had two younger brothers, Nessim and Jacques. Canetti was schooled in Frankfurt and moved to Vienna again, earning himself a degree in Chemistry from the University of Vienna. In 1934, he married Venetiana Taubner-Calderon, who passed away in 1963. After her death, he married Hera Buschor and they had a daughter. Shortly after, he started writing books for which he won a Nobel Prize in Literature in 1981. All of his books were written in German, which he learned while in Vienna. Elias Canetti passed away on the 14th of August 1994 in Zurich due to old age.
Auto-da-Fé (The Blinding)
Crowds and Power
The Conscience of Words
Their Days are Numbered
Calling out all the Bookworms across the country!
Welcome to Creative Corner where all creativity and fun exist. Each week we’re giving you the opportunity to write a short story or a poem related to the given topic and the best story or poem will be featured in our page next week (or the week after). So grab your pens, notebooks and thinking caps and let your imagination do the rest. And don’t forget to send it to The Nation when you’re done.
Happy writing Bookworms!
Topic : The Time I Saved The World
Deadline : 3rd of August 2015
Fun book to read
The Blood of Olympus – Rick Riordan
Book of the week
El Deafo – Cece Bell
Poet’s corner is a section of Westminster Abbey which is renowned all over the world for being the burial place of many famous writers, poets and playwrights. Situated in the South Transept of Westminster Abbey, Poet’s Corner is a must-see for any literary enthusiast visiting the abbey church.
The first writer to be buried here was Geoffrey Chaucer in 1400. Even though he was buried not as a writer but as a Clerk of works to the Palace of Westminster, a tomb was erected by Nicholas Brigham 150 years later to commemorate him and English poet Edmund Spenser was buried next to the tomb in 1599, which paved the way for many more writers to be buried and commemorated there.
Burial or commemoration does not always take place soon after the writer’s time of death; Lord Byron, who passed away in 1824, was not given a memorial until 1969 whereas William Shakespeare, who passed away in 1616, was memorialized in 1740.
While some of the bodies of the writers buried have undergone a full burial, some bodies were cremated and their ashes were buried, over or next to which memorials were erected. These memorials vary, with some being stone slabs set in the floor with a name and inscription carved while some are elaborate stone monuments, busts and tablets.
Though Poet’s Corner is notable for being the burial place of literary figures, not all those buried here are poets or writers. Several Canons and Deans of the abbey, as well as Thomas Parr and Baroque composer George Frideric Handel have been buried here. The corner also includes group commemorations, such as the joint memorials of the Bronte sisters, sixteen World War 1 poets and the four founders of the Royal Ballet.
Many memorials have been erected ever since the tradition began back in 1556 and lack of space to erect more memorials has led to the unveiling of a stained glass window in 1994 in memory of English architectural historian Edward Horton Hubbard, where new names are added as inscribed glass panes.
Alfred, Lord Tennyson
Percy Bysshe Shelley
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Samuel Taylor Coleridge