Harriet Monroe

Literary Birthday – 23 December – Harriet Monroe

Harriet Monroe was born 23 December 1860 and died 26 September 1936.


  1. poetry, The Cinderella of the Arts.
  2. Our little solos are a note in an immense chorus vibrating grandly through the universe, a chorus which accepts and harmonises the whir of the cricket and the long drum-roll of the stars.
  3. Great ages of art come only when a widespread creative impulse meets an equally widespread impulse of sympathy…
  4. ‘Look into thy heart and write!’ is good advice, but not if interpreted to mean, ‘Look nowhere else!’ The poet should know his world and, so far as his art is concerned, any kind of battering from his world is better than his own self-indulgent brooding.
  5. The people must grant a hearing to the best poets they have else they will never have better.

Harriet Monroe was an American poet, editor, scholar, and literary critic. She was the founding publisher and long-time editor of Poetry magazine. She was important in the development of modern poetry and supported poets like Wallace Stevens, Ezra Pound, H. D., T. S. Eliot, William Carlos Williams, and Carl Sandburg. She wrote A Poet’s Life: Seventy Years in a Changing World.

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 by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 23rd December 2017