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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

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Philip Sidney: Astrophil and Stella 63 (“O Grammar rules…”)
An Elizabethan plays a Modernist language game
By Ange Mlinko

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John Ciardi: “A Trenta-Sei of the Pleasure We Take in the Early Death of Keats”
Making the difficult look easy.
By Miller Williams

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Elizabeth Drew Barrow Stoddard: “One morn I left him in his bed”
The child elegy and the 19th-century poetess.
By Hannah Brooks-Motl

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Agha Shahid Ali: “Tonight”
A contemporary take on an ancient Arabic form.
By Stephen Burt

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John Ashbery: “Paradoxes and Oxymorons”
Savoring the movement of the mind.
By Megan Snyder-Camp

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John Keats: “To Autumn”
In Keats’s finest season, even the gnats are mourning.
By Caitlin Kimball

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Gwendolyn Brooks: “kitchenette building”
The Chicago poet transports readers into a dream deferred.
By Hannah Brooks-Motl

Originally appeared in Poetry magazine.

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