Robert Pinsky

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

Brow Beat
Aug. 30 2013 4:57 PMSeamus Heaney in Slate and in Life
Classic Poems
June 11 2013 8:15 AMAmerican Hero         William Carlos Williams’ poem “Dedication for a Plot of Ground” tells the ordinary and remarkable American immigrant story.
Classic Poems
Jan. 1 2013 8:58 AM"The Darkling Thrush"Thomas Hardy's timely meditation on the turning of an era.
Classic Poems
Dec. 11 2012 8:30 AMStruggling Against the DarkA poem for the winter solstice.
Classic Poems
Aug. 21 2012 3:33 AMA Taste for PlainnessThe simple perfection of the first American poet, Anne Bradstreet.
Classic Poems
June 19 2012 5:45 AM"This Is the Favorite Poem"Hear Mike Wallace read Robert Browning’s “My Last Duchess.”
Classic Poems
Feb. 14 2012 6:30 AMCrazy in LoveFor Valentine’s Day, a poem Ezra Pound called “the most beautiful sonnet in the language.”
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Nov. 29 2011 6:27 AMGoing SomewhereHow poets like Walter Raleigh reported on the quick flickers and sudden changes in emotional life.
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Oct. 4 2011 12:48 PMSpeaking in TonguesWhere pop meets Modernism.
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July 26 2011 10:04 AMSeize the DayTwo poets race to make the most of their scarce time on Earth. 
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June 28 2011 7:02 AMDamned GreatWhy are William Cowper's poems so witty? Because he was convinced he was going to hell.
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May 3 2011 6:56 AMLullaby and LaughterThe strange appeal of George Gascoigne's self-inspecting humor.
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Feb. 15 2011 12:03 PMValentine's VoicesTwo love poems, one pure, the other deeply impure.
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Dec. 14 2010 7:06 AMNearer, My God, to TheeWhen poets get intimate with a higher power.
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Oct. 19 2010 6:58 AMKeener SoundsHow can poetry that doesn't rhyme be so pleasing to the ear?
History
July 2 2013 8:27 AMWhen Hillary Was Already HillaryHillary Rodham’s 1969 commencement speech, and the young poetry professor who saw it.
Classic Poems
April 9 2013 8:30 AMWith a Little Help From My FriendsRobert Bridges made Gerard Manley Hopkins a poetry superstar.
Classic Poems
Dec. 25 2012 10:31 AM"The Oxen"Robert Pinsky reads Thomas Hardy's Christmas poem.
Classic Poems
Oct. 30 2012 7:15 AMThe Inventive Translations of Mary Sidney HerbertHow the Countess of Pembroke inspired John Donne.
Classic Poems
July 17 2012 6:30 AMA Poet by Any Other NameWho is “the speaker” and does it matter?
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May 8 2012 6:15 AMLucrezia Borgia’s Hair and Forgotten NamesWalter Savage Landor can write a memorable poem about almost anything.
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Jan. 24 2012 6:30 AMTruth in DarknessHerman Melville is a master of conveying nature as a mysterious language we must speak but do not know.
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Nov. 1 2011 7:18 AMIn Praise of Memorizing Poetry—BadlyWhat we learn by misremembering our favorite lines.
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Aug. 30 2011 6:55 AMLost in CourtHow one of Ben Jonson's masterpieces found the world by leaving it behind.
Culturebox
July 21 2011 6:57 AMHow Not To Write a Book ReviewWhat a hatchet job on John Keats teaches us.
Culturebox
May 19 2011 10:14 AMThe Sounds Poems MakeHow the sax led Robert Pinsky to poetry—and now to jazz collaboration.
Classic Poems
March 22 2011 7:09 AMStreet PoetHow the often-overlooked Lola Ridge became one of America's first great urban Modernists.
Classic Poems
Jan. 25 2011 6:56 AMPoets Under PressureGoverning, aging, and facing execution.
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Nov. 16 2010 11:40 AMFlamedSir Walter Raleigh and the art of the poetic takedown.
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Sept. 14 2010 6:57 AMA Perfect DiscomfitWilliam Blake's two poems called "The Chimney Sweeper" create art by keeping us uncomfortable.

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