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  • John Charles McNeill (1874 - 1907)
    John Charles McNeill, poet, journalist, and lawyer, was born at Ellerslie, his father's farm near Wagram in Richmond (later Scotland) County. His two grandfathers had emigrated from Argyllshire, Scot...
  • (CSA), Adolphus Williamson Mangum (1834 - 1890)
    Adolphus Williamson Mangum, Methodist minister and educator, was the youngest of eight children of Ellison Goodloe and Elizabeth Harris Mangum. He was born at Locust Grove, the family home on the Fla...
  • Rednap Howell (1726 - 1787)
    Rednap Howell, "poet of the Regulators," moved to North Carolina from New Jersey, probably in the early 1760s. He settled first in present Chatham County, then moved about 1768 to what is now Randolp...
  • William Alexander, 1st Earl of Stirling, 7th Baron of Menstrie (aft.1567 - 1640)
    Sir William Alexander (c.1577-1640), 1st bt. and 1st Earl of Stirling William Alexander was the only son of Alexander Alexander (d. 1581) and Marion Graham, daughter of Gilbert Graham of Gartavertane...
  • Theophilus Hunter Hill (1836 - 1901)
    Theophilus Hunter Hill, poet and librarian, was born near Raleigh at Spring Hill plantation in the home of his maternal grandfather, Theophilus Hunter, Jr. His great-grandfather was the Reverend Will...

A poet's work can be literal, meaning that his work is derived from a specific event, or metaphorical, meaning that his work can take on many meanings and forms. Poets have existed since antiquity, in nearly all languages, and have produced works that vary greatly in different cultures and time periods. Throughout each civilization and language, poets have used various styles that have changed through the course of literary history, resulting in a history of poets as diverse as the literature they have produced.

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