American Hero William Carlos Williams’ poem “Dedication for a Plot of Ground” tells the ordinary and remarkable American immigrant story.
A Taste for PlainnessThe simple perfection of the first American poet, Anne Bradstreet.
Crazy in LoveFor Valentine’s Day, a poem Ezra Pound called “the most beautiful sonnet in the language.”
Going SomewhereHow poets like Walter Raleigh reported on the quick flickers and sudden changes in emotional life.
Damned GreatWhy are William Cowper's poems so witty? Because he was convinced he was going to hell.
When Hillary Was Already HillaryHillary Rodham’s 1969 commencement speech, and the young poetry professor who saw it.
With a Little Help From My FriendsRobert Bridges made Gerard Manley Hopkins a poetry superstar.
The Inventive Translations of Mary Sidney HerbertHow the Countess of Pembroke inspired John Donne.
Lucrezia Borgia’s Hair and Forgotten NamesWalter Savage Landor can write a memorable poem about almost anything.
Truth in DarknessHerman Melville is a master of conveying nature as a mysterious language we must speak but do not know.
In Praise of Memorizing Poetry—BadlyWhat we learn by misremembering our favorite lines.
Lost in CourtHow one of Ben Jonson's masterpieces found the world by leaving it behind.
The Sounds Poems MakeHow the sax led Robert Pinsky to poetry—and now to jazz collaboration.
Street PoetHow the often-overlooked Lola Ridge became one of America's first great urban Modernists.
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