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The name Theodore Geisel though one of the most famous contemporary writers is rarely recognized even though his work is well known throughout the world He has won three Academy Awards and a Pulitzer Prize for his work but people only recognize him by his pseudonym Dr Seuss Some people may say that his work is not poetry but poetry is defined as writing that formulates a concentrated imaginative awareness of experience in language chosen and arranged to create a specific emotional response through meaning sound and rhythm Websters Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary Theodore Geisel is in-fact a poet and he had an interesting way of getting there Theodore Geisel has not always been the beloved poet of the children that he is now He made his first appearance in Springfield Massachusetts on March 2 1904 when he was born to Robert Geisel and Henrietta Seuss Geisel As a child Theodore Geisel enjoyed drawing and he kept that love throughout his life At Dartmouth College he drew cartoons and wrote humorous articles for the campus magazine Jack-O-Lantern He later went to Oxford College to get his doctorate in English literature only because he had told his father that he was going on a Campbell Fellowship Although he had applied he had not received the fellowship but his father got excited and told the newspaper that Theodore Geisel had received the fellowship When he didnt receive the award his father decided that since the entire community thought that Theodore Geisel was going to Oxford on a Campbell Fellowship he must go to save face Robinson Feb 16 2002 Besides majoring in English he also studied the psychology of advertising and in his zoology and botany classes he would entertain himself by rearranging the Latin names of plants and animals which greatly affected his later works Fenkl Feb 13 2002 While he was at Oxford he found the lectures to be boring and monotonous and his
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