A Beacon for Europe

Emile Verhaeren 1855-1916 Tolerant but indifferent to so many of her distinguished visitors, England made no exception in the case of Emile Verhaeren, the ‘fair-haired young Belgian poet’, wrote Beatrice Worthing. (1) Though the poet came to Britain almost annually from the 1880s onwards, appreciation of his work did not extend beyond a small band of enthusiastic…

‘Auntie Yet’ and Humanity

The Internationalism of Henriette Roland Holst Henriette Roland Holst-van der Schalk (1869-1952), poetess, writer and socialist, is one of the most revered women in the history of the Netherlands. Her contemporaries hailed her as ‘our greatest poet’ and saw her as a prophetess; the proclaimer of a beautiful, pure and righteous future. The historian Johan…