Today, 19th January 2011, Poe’s 202 birthday is celebrated.
But he was not the only famous artist born on that day. Paul Cézanne, a French painter and Janis Joplin, an American singer were also born on 19th January.
Their birthdays are also celebrated.

As you can read at the very end of this blog-article published today in The Washington Post, many people from all over the world are tweeting lines from Poe’s poems in many languages.

Some other people prefer to say how they feel or what they think about his work and influence in their lives.

In fact, #PoeQuotes or just “Edgar Allan Poe” is the world’s fourth trending topic right now.

Have a nice Edgar Allan Poe’s day!

TASK: Let’s pretend that this is twitter. Post a famous quote by any of these three artists including the right hashtag: #poe #joplin #cézanne
Remember: although this is a blog focused on learning English, if you happen to choose Paul Cézanne, you should post his words in French and English since he was a French painter.


8 responses »

  1. Happy birthday Mr Poe! and Happy birthday also for Paul Cézanne and Janis Lyn Joplin!

    I found a short biography of them very interesting!

    – Edgar Allan Poe: (January 19, 1809 – October 7, 1849) As all know… was an American writer, poet, editor and literary critic, considered part of the American Romantic Movement. Best known for his tales of mystery and the macabre, Poe was one of the earliest American practitioners of the short story and is considered the inventor of the detective-fiction genre. He is further credited with contributing to the emerging genre of science fiction. He was the first well-known American writer to try to earn a living through writing alone, resulting in a financially difficult life and career.

    – Paul Cézanne: (19 January 1839 – 22 October 1906) was a French artist and Post-Impressionist painter
    I found also this web page, with Paul’s works : http://www.ricci-art.net/es/fr/Paul-Cezanne.htm

    – Janis Lyn Joplin: (19 January, 1943 – 4 October, 1970) was an American singer, songwriter and music arranger.

  2. Sorry! but before I putting my last comment, I don´t understand the task of this activity, but now I understand it; and I found these famous quote:

    Paul Cezanne:
    – “We live in a rainbow of chaos.”
    – “Right now a moment of time is passing by! We must become that moment.”
    – “When I judge art, I take my painting and put it next to a God made object like a tree or flower. If it clashes, it is not art.”

    Janis Lyn Joplin:
    – “Don’t compromise yourself. You are all you’ve got.”
    – “I’m one of those regular weird people.”
    – “If I hold back, I’m no good. I’m no good. I’d rather be good sometimes, than holding back all the time.”

  3. Edgar Allan Poe:
    -“All religion, my friend, is simply evolved out of fraud, fear, greed, imagination, and poetry” (Todas las religiones, amigo mio, simplemente han evolucionado del fraude, el miedo, la codicia, la imaginación y la poesía)
    -“Beauty of whatever kind, in its supreme development, invariably excites the sensitive soul to tear” (La belleza de cualquier tipo, en su desarrollo completo, excita al alma hasta hacerla llorar)

  4. Janis Joplin was born in Texas in 1943. She was singer and she was playing the guitar. She became in a popular artist in 1960. She wrote sings and arranges too. She was interested in blues-rock, psychedelic rock, blues and hard rock and she also sang these types of sings. She died in 1970.

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