Canadian singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen, whose death was announced on 10 November, has been immortalised in his words. Having started his career writing poetry, his first book Let Us Compare Mythologies was published in 1956. He went to receive critical acclaim for The Spice-Box Of Earth (1961), Flowers For Hitler (1964) and Parasites Of Heaven (1966).

He also wrote novels such as The Favourite Game (1963) and Beautiful Losers (1966) after which he opted to concentrate on song writing. In 1967 he released Songs Of Leonard Cohen and followed it with Songs From A Room in 1969 and Songs Of Love And Hate (1971). That followed New Skin For The Old Ceremony and 1977's Death Of A Ladies' Man.

After a total of 13 albums, Cohen released You Want It Darker on 21 October, a couple of weeks before his death.

Over the span of his artistic career, he explored a number of subjects ranging from native religion, politics, isolation, sexuality and personal relationships. For many, his words continue to be relatable even in today's political and social situations.

Canadian singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen performs at the Coachella Music Festival in Indio
Leonard Cohen told the New Yorker he was ready to die, just weeks before his demise REUTERS