Robert Pinsky

Former Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky is Slate's poetry editor. His Selected Poems is now available.

Classic Poems
Aug. 17 2010 7:33 AM"The Self-Consumer of My Woes"The enigmatic and enduring art of John Clare, a mad pauper and brilliant poet.
Classic Poems
June 22 2010 7:14 AMFirmness in the WriteWhy Abraham Lincoln's poetry is the real thing. 
Poem
April 27 2010 7:00 AMOld Made NewWas Robert Frost a Modernist?
Poem
Feb. 11 2010 10:22 AMCrazy LoveA Valentine's Day poetry anthology.
Poem
Dec. 22 2009 10:05 AM"A Christmas Carol, Sung to the King in the Presence at White-Hall"Robert Herrick's yuletide tribute to the lush pleasures of spring.
Poem
Nov. 3 2009 9:33 AMConversation PieceWhy so much casual talk in Yeats' brilliant poem "Adam's Curse"?
Poem
Sept. 1 2009 7:00 AMGolden GrammarThe unexpected pleasures of George Herbert's sentences.
Poem
June 30 2009 6:53 AMMarianne Moore's "Poetry"Why did she keep revising it?
Poem
April 21 2009 6:44 AMThe Calm and the RestlessThe plainness of Edward Thomas' "The Owl" vs. the struggle of Gerard Manley Hopkins' "Carrion Comfort."
Culturebox
Feb. 12 2009 6:52 AMLovers' LamentsRenaissance sonnets and the art of passionate excess.
Poem
Dec. 23 2008 6:55 AM"A Christmas Carol, Sung to the King in the Presence at White-Hall"Robert Herrick's yuletide tribute to the lush pleasures of spring.
Poem
Oct. 7 2008 6:41 AM"On Love, on Grief"Why Walter Savage Landor's classic epigram is a lesson in economy.
Culturebox
April 17 2008 12:39 PMWhy Don't Modern Poems Rhyme, Etc.Frequently asked questions about the business of verse.
Culturebox
Feb. 14 2007 7:18 AMGreat Poems About SexAn anthology for Valentine's Day.
Culturebox
April 26 2006 6:22 AMDissed in VerseThe art of the poetic insult.
Classic Poems
July 20 2010 6:53 AMWild ChildThe best poems for kids aren't the soft and saccharine ones.
Poem
May 25 2010 7:02 AMSomething From NothingPoets like John Wilmot cut their world down to size with wit—then built it up again in art.
Poem
March 16 2010 7:05 AMSex, Violence, and the SupernaturalBefore the tabloids, there were the folk ballads.
Poem
Jan. 26 2010 7:04 AMLabor PainsMichelangelo's poem about the awkward parturition of the Sistine Chapel.
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Dec. 1 2009 7:01 AMAlways With the Complaining!Meet Ben Jonson and Robert Herrick, poetry's most artful kvetches.
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Oct. 6 2009 7:27 AMIn Nomine Patris et FelisChristopher Smart's extremely spiritual poem about his cat.
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Aug. 4 2009 7:02 AMSame-Old, Same-OldAlexander Pope's "Epistle" and the art of making poetry from normal, banal, petty life.
Poem
May 26 2009 6:52 AMTwo RiddlesThese poems have right answers. Does that diminish them?
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March 17 2009 6:47 AM"All My Senses, Like Beacon's Flame"Fulke Greville's eloquent path to confused arousal.
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Jan. 27 2009 11:15 AMNo. 443: "I tie my Hat—I crease my Shawl"Why does Emily Dickinson extol "little duties" in the wake of a catastrophe?
Poem
Nov. 11 2008 7:27 AM"There Was a Man of Double Deed"The unhinged reason of an anonymous classic.
Books
Aug. 18 2008 6:26 AMThe American John MiltonThe poet and the power of extraordinary speech.
Culturebox
April 23 2007 10:56 AMIn Praise of Difficult PoetryThe much-maligned art.
Obit
May 16 2006 6:20 PMStanley KunitzA poet till the very end.
Culturebox
Feb. 8 2006 12:32 PMValentine's Day PoetryLove isn't always pretty.

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