Sunday Stamps 014: Poets: They who have a way with words




I must say that this week’s entry was another challenge but I’m glad I have found several stamps. Let’s begin with the only woman in the group. So lucky to have found a woman 😀

Julia de Burgos



The renowned Puerto Rican poet Julia de Burgos, who has won fame after dying nameless on the streets of East Harlem in 1953 at the age of 39, [is being] was honored with a U.S. stamp last year.

The stamp was dedicated in a ceremony in Puerto Rico… and became available at post offices across the country and online, said Roy Betts, a spokesman for the U.S. Postal Service.

It features a portrait of the poet with blue water flowing in the background. The water evokes one of her best-known poems, "Rio Grande de Loza," a sensuous ode to a river in Puerto Rico on which banks she was raised.


Cesare Pavese

“We do not remember days, we remember moments…”


The stamp was issued by the Poste Italiane in 2008  to commemorate the centenary of the birth of Cesare Pavese (1908-1950). It features a portrait of the writer and poet Cesare Pavese, and a close-up of one of his poems, with words in the author’s handwriting, “Hai un sangue, un respiro” (You have one blood, one breath).


poet, a novelist, a literary critic, a translator, and widely considered among the major authors of Italy in the 20th century.

His work fuses considerations of poetic and epic representation, the theme of solitude, and the concept of myth. He began his career with poetry. His first book was a collection of poems entitled Lavorare stanca (Hard Work) came out in 1936 had been shortened by four poems deleted by fascist censors. Seven years later, he published an expanded version nearly double the size of the original. His major novels include  

Il Compagno (The Comrade), Tra Donne Sole (Among Women Only), and La luna e i falò (The Moon and the Bonfire). Pavese’s recurrent theme in these novels is the search of urban man, who is caught in continually changing situations, for permanence and stability. In 1950, unhappy with both his personal life and the political climate of postwar Italy, he committed suicide.
Source: Wikipedia 

Charles Baudelaire

He was a French poet, noted essayist, art critic, and a pioneering translator of Edgar Allan Poe’s works. Baudelaire is considered to be one of the innovators in French literature and often called as the “father of modern criticism”. 

The stamps, featuring Baudelaire, is a part of the 5-set commemorative stamps issued by the Mauritius Post Ltd., to highlight the country’s presence in World Literature.  The five featured – Baudelaire, Bernardin de Saint Pierre, Alexandre Dumas, Mark Twain, and Joseph Conrad – are world renowned novelists and poets who wrote on or visited the island between the 18th and 19th centuries. Baudelaire was on his way to India when his sailing vessel stopped in the port of St. Louis in September 1841. While there, he found the island and its inhabitants awe-inspiring and wrote a sonnet for a charming lady, entitled À une Dame Créole. Baudelaire’s first and famous work is a volume of poems called Le Fleurs du mal (The Flowers of Evil). I thought Baudelaire’s name rang a bell for it’s the family name of the protagonists of Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events. And I was right, they were indeed named after him!
Source: Wikipedia and Mauritian Philatelic Blog.

Robert Burns

Robert Burns, born into a farming family in Alloway in Ayrshire in 1759, is universally known as Scotland’s national poet and this Special Stamp Issue commemorates the 250th Anniversary of his birth.  It is also released in time for for the annual Burns Night celebrations.

When this edition was  unveiled and issued to the public in 2009, Robert Burns became the first person outside of the Royal Family to be celebrated with three collection stamps!

The stamp features the title of one of Burn’s greatest poems with a detail from Robert Burns turning up a mouse in her nest with his plough. He is regarded as a pioneer of the Romantic movement and after his death became a great source of inspiration to the founders of both liberalism and socialism.

Although Burns died at a young age of 37, his poetry has made him a cultural icon in Scotland. One of his poems, Auld Lang Syne, is traditionally sung around the globe to mark New Year.  I studied a bit of literature in uni and one of the Burns poems we studied, that I really like, was the Red Red Rose.Who could ever forget the first lines..

O my Luve’s like a red, red rose
That’s newly sprung in June:
O my Luve’s like the melodie
That’s sweetly play’d in tune!

Source: Wikipedia, Royal Mail

6 thoughts on “Sunday Stamps 014: Poets: They who have a way with words

  1. wow, amiga, so many stamps you&#39;ve found! great contribution for today I must say! I love Robert Burns, appreciate Charles Baudelaire and am glad to learn something about Cesare and Julia. <br />Thank you for this awesome post!

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