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William Butler Yeats: “Easter, 1916”
How the conflict of a nation was captured by a politically reluctant poet.
By Ange Mlinko

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Geoffrey Hill: “On Reading Crowds and Power” 
A poet’s poet investigates the power of his readers.
By Ange Mlinko

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John Donne: “A Valediction: of Weeping”
Reality and representation mix in this classic poem.
By Joel Brouwer

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Juan Felipe Herrera: “Blood on the Wheel”
Tracing the many conflicting meanings of the word "blood"
By Stephen Burt

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George Herbert: “Love (III)”
A 17th-century poet’s project invites its readers to the table
By Hannah Brooks-Motl

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Rae Armantrout: “Our Nature”
How did you become who you are?
By Stephen Burt

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W.S. Graham: “Dear Bryan Wynter”
How a poem brings language to loss and speaks to the dead.
By Hannah Brooks-Motl

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Elizabeth Alexander: “Race”
What can we assume when we read a poem?
By Stephen Burt

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John Keats: “La Belle Dame sans Merci”
Beyond self-expression.
By Martin Earl

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Elinor Wylie: “Wild Peaches”
An escape leads a young poet to confront her impulses.
By Caitlin Kimball

Originally appeared in Poetry magazine.

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