Classics Calendar for February 23

The "Grecian Urn" on which John Keats wrote his "Ode"

Here are today's milestones:

Born this on day:

Samuel Pepys (1633; died May 26, 1703) English naval administrator; Diary of Samuel Pepys

George Frederick Handel (1685; died April 14, 1759) German/British composer; Water Music; Music for the Royal Fireworks; Messiah

W. E. B. DuBois (1868; died August 27, 1963) American co-founder of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP); wrote The Souls of Black Folk

Died this on day:

Joshua Reynolds (1792; born July 16, 1723) English painter; Edward Cornwallis; James Boswell; Age of Innocence; Mrs. Siddons As the Tragic Muse

John Keats (1821; born October 31, 1795) English poet; the "Six Great Odes" ("Ode on a Grecian Urn," "Ode on Indolence," "Ode on Melancholy," "Ode to a Nightingale," "Ode to Psyche" and "To Autumn"); "The Eve of St. Agnes," "La Belle Dame sans Merci," "Hyperion," "Lamia," "On First Looking into Chapman's Homer"--where to stop?

Bonus Classic:

Man'yoshu (c. 600-c. 759) Japanese poetry anthology reflecting Chinese traditions of Dao, Confucianism, and Buddhism, but also the uniquely-Japanese Shinto sentiments; probably compiled by Otomo no Yakamochi,

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