Adventures of a Portuguese Poet

Wild-hearted Luis Vaz de Camoes’ years abroad are not well-known, but that hasn’t lessened his legend


Young Talent

“When I was growing up,” says Mayda del Valle (in 2004, at the Nuyorican Poets Café in Manhattan), “I really didn’t see anyone like me on TV. Well, there was West Side Story … and we’re all gang members!”

Mighty Mouth

Spoken-word artist Mayda del Valle brings to life "democracy writ large in poetry"


The Angler's Song

A poem by Izaak Walton


The Epic of Gilgamesh Translation

Translated by Stephen Langdon, University of Pennsylvania

The unlikely researcher, George Smith, made one of archaeology's most sensational finds when he uncovered the cuneiform-inscribed clay tablet containing fragments of a lost Babylonian epic.

Epic Hero

How a self-taught British genius rediscovered the Mesopotamian saga of Gilgamesh —after 2,500 years

"War Thoughts at Home" is only one small part of a much larger research project, says Stilling.

Frost Bite

A recently discovered poem by Robert Frost has brought fame—and controversy—to an English student

Longfellow is only the second writer to grace a U.S. stamp more than once.

Famous Once Again

Longfellow reaches his bicentennial; here's why his poems became perennial

Beowulf face to face with fire-breathing dragon


The Beowolf monster is a thousand years old, but his bad old tricks continue to resonate in the modern world

Author Maya Angelou hosts the 2000 annual conference for the Children's Defense Fund in March 2007.

35 Who Made a Difference: Maya Angelou

By singing of her own hardships, she has given strength to others

35 Who Made a Difference: Wendell Berry

A Kentucky poet draws inspiration from the land that sustains him

Jon Broderick

Rhyme or Cut Bait

When these fisher poets gather, nobody brags about the verse that got away

Alfred Hitchcock

Colossal Ode

Without Emma Lazarus' timeless poem, Lady Liberty would be just another statue

As the natives got ready to serve
A midget explorer named Merve;
"This meal will be brief,"
Said the cannibal chief,
"For this is at best an hors d'oeuvre."
—Ed Cunningham

The Limerick is Furtive and Mean...

From the Maigue poets to Ogden Nash, witty wordsmiths have delighted in composing the oft-risqué five-line verses


The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

Thrill to Samuel Taylor Coleridge's chilling tale of betrayal, redemption and the albatross, illustrated with Gustave Doré's astonishing engravings.


A Descent Into the Maelström


The Ballad of the Corrievreckan


Uphill with Archie: A Son's Journey


The Poetic Vision of Eduardo Chillida


The Strange and Inscrutable Case of Ezra Pound

The expatriate American poet returned home in ignominy, and the postwar world watched as a literary giant was charged with treason

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