The MacKenzie Lyric Poetry Logo

The MacKenzie Lyric Poetry logo you see in this website's header is based on a lyre-and-laurels ornament in the Palais Garnier in Paris, also known as the Paris Opera. Joseph Charles MacKenzie selected this design to honor Elizabeth, his wife and muse, who particularly enjoys the Palais Garnier when visiting Paris with her poet husband.

Influence of Early Greek Lyrics

Joseph Charles MacKenzie has read the ancient lyric verse of Greece in the original Greek, including Alcman, Sappho, Alcaeus, Anacreon, Stesichorus, and Pindar. The study of Greek meters has given MacKenzie's poetry a special musicality. The Latins word for this quality is "lyricus," or "lyric," referring to the lyre poets used to accompany themselves in the singing of their verses.

The Sonnet’s Catholic Origins

Giacomo da Lentini, a 13th-century poet, invented the sonnet in the service of Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II, a crusading king whose fine Catholic education and intellectual acumen sparked the "Sicilian Renaissance." Frederick's vibrant court included astronomers, philosophers, mathematicians, artists, and musicians from many lands both east and west. The form of the sonnet arose from two sources: Plato's dialogue entitled the Timeus, and Fibonacci's number sequence. The Sicilian court of Frederick II produced some 300 sonnets, including those of the king himself.
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"You will be great."  —In congratulating MacKenzie on winning the Scottish International Poetry Competition.

Iain Chrichton Smith Scottish Poet and Novelist Edinburgh, Scotland May 17, 2017

"The distinctive qualities this poet shows are truly remarkable!"

Samuel Gilliland Scottish Bard and Lyric Poet, Winner of the MacDiarmid Tassie Scotland May 17, 2017

"...some of the best sonnets...since World War II...this is major poetry by a major poet..."

James Sale English Poet and Critic. Author of "The Lyre Speaks Truth" Bournemouth, England May 20, 2017

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ThuMay 4, 2017

English Critic Declares MacKenzie “Major Poet”

By | May 4th, 2017|Categories: News|

James Sale - British poet, author, and literary critic. NEW YORK, May 3, 2017 — The Society of Classical Poets, America's most important publishing venue of traditional poetry, has just released a review [...]

Sonnets for Christ the King

MonMay 1, 2017

British Actor Becomes Voice of Lyric Poetry

By | May 1st, 2017|Categories: Sonnets for Christ the King|

It was a ten-year veteran of the British stage, Ian Russell, who undertook the difficult task of recording MacKenzie's Sonnets for Christ the King for imminent publication in audiobook form. The news of Mr. Russell's appointment [...]