Every few weeks, Slate Poetry Editor Robert Pinsky offers a fresh take on a classic poem and joins "the Fray" to discuss the work with readers. Click here for instructions on how to access archived discussions. Below, browse these poems and the conversations they sparked:
January 2010: "When the Author Was Painting the Vault of the Sistine Chapel," by Michelangelo. Follow the "Fray" discussion.
December 2009: "A Christmas Carol, Sung to the King in the Presence at White-Hall," by Robert Herrick. Follow the "Fray" discussion.
August 2009: "Epistle to Miss Blount, on Her Leaving the Town, After the Coronation," by Alexander Pope. Follow the "Fray" discussion.
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