February 2

Xuan Dieu

Xuân Diệu (born February 2, 1916) Vietnamese poet

Quả lựu / Pomegranate

Nửa mưa nửa nắng, là em; / Half sun, half rain, the children
Nắng thưa mưa nhặt, vườn thêm bùi ngùi / pick the abundant sunshine, settle in the garden
Lòng anh: quả lựu chín mùi, / His heart: a ripe pomegranate
Lắm khi vừa vỡ vừa cười - đó em / with a broken smile - I am that

James Joyce

James Joyce (born February 2, 1882) – Irish novelist – Dubliners (1914)

Listen to a recording of James Joyce reading from his novel Ulysses


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Joseph Seamon Cotter Sr

Joseph Seamon Cotter, Sr. (born February 2, 1861) U.S. poet, playwright

Read about Cotter here

Frederick Douglas

O eloquent and caustic sage!
Thy long and rugged pilgrimage
To glory's shrine has ended;
And thou hast passed the inner door,
And proved thy fitness o'er and o'er,
And to the dome ascended.

(Read the entire poem here)

Night Winds

The slender moon in its silvery sheen,
The golden stars with the blue between
Of a dreamy, summer sky;
And still the night winds sigh.
With the silvery moon to whisper to,
And the golden stars to kiss, mid the blue
Of a listening, summer sky,
For what should the night winds sigh?