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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

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Gertrude Stein’s “The house was just twinkling in the moon light”
An intimate glimpse into one of the 20th century’s most fascinating marriages.
By Joel Brouwer

Originally appeared in Poetry magazine.

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