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.

Latest News

English Critic Declares MacKenzie “Major Poet”

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 declaring Joseph Charles MacKenzie a [...]

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