The Advent Calendar of Literature: Day 23

Staying in the seventeenth century, where we found ourselves for yesterday’s advent calendar fact, we’re off to hear another Christmas carol today. Not a bad way to spend Christmas Eve Eve, after all! The Christmas carol we’re concerned with on this penultimate day of our Advent Calendar posts is one of the classics, which has … Read more

The Advent Calendar of Literature: Day 22

Our last few posts have concerned the Christmas presents that a couple of important American writers received from friends or family: specifically, the odd presents William Faulkner insisted on being given, and the rather splendid and life-changing present Harper Lee received. The earliest known use of the phrase ‘Christmas present’ is rather older than either … Read more

The Advent Calendar of Literature: Day 21

Our exploration of noteworthy facts involving Christmas presents and American writers continues today. Yesterday we revealed the odd items which were the only Christmas presents William Faulkner would accept from his family. Today, we look at how a generous Christmas gift led to one of the most popular and enduring works of twentieth-century literature being … Read more

10 Great Christmas Poems

By Dr Oliver Tearle (Loughborough University)

Stuck for a bit of festive-themed poetry this Christmas? Let us help. Here are our 10 quick holiday recommendations for the Christmas season. These are, we reckon, 10 of the greatest poems for the Christmas holidays, spanning over 600 years of poetry in the English language (yes, the earliest poem on this list dates from around 1400!).

They’re all quite short and make for ideal festive reading, so we’ve provided links to each of the poems, too.

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The Advent Calendar of Literature: Day 20

Yesterday we looked at one of the most important Christmas-themed works of twentieth-century American literature. Today, we’re sticking with twentieth-century American writers and moving on to the subject of Christmas gifts. William Faulkner (1897-1962), author of The Sound and the Fury (1929) and winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1949, was quite an easy … Read more