Christmas… Literature… Trivia… perfect!
Since the festive season is almost upon us, we’ve gathered together the twelve most interesting literature-related facts about Christmas that we could find. So here they are, ‘The Twelve Facts of Christmas’ … with a literary link. We hope you like them.
1. Christina Rossetti wrote the words to the Christmas carol ‘In the Bleak Midwinter’. Rossetti (1830-94) is regarded as one of the finest nineteenth-century female poets. Rossetti wrote the words to the carol during the mid-nineteenth century, but it only became a musical piece in the early twentieth century. The first musical accompaniment for Rossetti’s carol was the work of none other than Gustav Holst, the British composer most famous for the Planets suite.
2. Poet Nahum Tate wrote the words for ‘While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks’. Tate (1652-1715) was also the man who rewrote Shakespeare’s King Lear to give it a happy ending, although he is now probably more famous for…
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