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William Cowper Poem
The Flatting-Mill. An Illustration
 by William Cowper

When a bar of pure silver or ingot of gold
Is sent to be flatted or wrought into length,
It is pass'd between cylinders often, and roll'd
In an engine of utmost mechanical strength.

Thus tortured and squeezed, at last it appears
Like a loose heap of ribbon, a glittering show,
Like music it tinkles and rings in your ears,
...

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Irina Urmina: BD - Anna Akhmatova, Russian poet (June 23, 1889 - March 5, 1966). "You will hear thunder and remember me, and think: she wanted storms."

Scarthin Books: On this day, June 23 1889, the Russian poet Anna Akhmatova was born.

scherezadenfreude: "Regarding myself as a mere echo, Cave-like, unintelligible and nocturnal" Anna Andreyevna Gorenko aka Anna Akhmatova was born on this day in 1889

Sonali Ray: “Each of our lives is a Shakespearean drama raised to the thousandth degree.” ―Anna Akhmatova

lucubrations: Poem of the Day 6/23 Last Toast by Anna Akhmatova

Beth Levin: Melvyn Madigan Anna Akhmatova was one of the most important of Russian poets. 'The Soul of the Silver Age' did however soon get on the wrong side of Soviet officialdom for her preoccupation with love and God. Prokofiev was one of the composers to set her words to music.

Elaine Stratford: 365 days for women (174) Anna Akhmatova (23/6/1889–5/3/1966) among Russia's best 20thC poets; shortlisted for Nobel Prize in Literature 1965 + following year; work disciplined, clear, powerful; see Poetry Foundation

Monika Landfried: Something miraculous burns brightly its facets form before my eyes and it alone can speak to me when no one will stand by my side burst into blossom, into song like speaking flowers ... Anna Akhmatova - for DD Sh.

Book_Addict: Happy birthday to Russian writer and poet Anna Akhmatova (Anna Gorenko)(June 23, 1889), author of "Beg vremeni" (1965) et al.

Garrison Keillor: It's the birthday of the Russian poet Anna Akhmatova, 1889. Came to fame for the poems of her love affair, and later, after her son’s imprisonment, wrote a 10-poem cycle "Requiem."

Faizal Hamssin: “Real tenderness can’t be confused, It’s quiet and can’t be heard.” Anna Akhmatova

aristo__plato: Lovehopefearfaith - these make humanity These are its sign and note and character. - Robert Browning - hope persevering

Business Quote: Like dogs in a wheel ambitious men still climb and climb, with great labor, and incessant anxiety, but never reach the top - Robert Browning

JR Torrez: A4. A man's reach should exceed his grasp, Or what's a heaven for? Robert Browning

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Births on this day in history

  • 06/23/1930 - Anthony Thwaite - English poet
  • 06/23/1889 - Anna Akhmatova - Ukrainian-Russian poet and author (d. 1966)
  • 06/23/1860 - Albert Giraud - Belgian poet and librarian (d. 1929)

Deaths on this day in history

  • 06/23/2005 - Manolis Anagnostakis - Greek poet and critic (b. 1925)
  • 06/23/1990 - Harindranath Chattopadhyay - Indian poet
  • 06/23/1811 - Nicolau Tolentino de Almeida - Portuguese poet and author (b. 1740)
  • 06/23/1770 - Mark Akenside - English poet and physician (b. 1721)