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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

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James Tate: “The Cowboy”
How to be funny and sad.
By Stuart Krimko

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George Eliot: “I Grant You Ample Leave”
A poet's poem from a novelist-poet.
By Hannah Brooks-Motl

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Anne Finch, Countess of Winchilsea: “The Answer”
How poetry became the 18th century’s social media network.
By Ange Mlinko

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Thomas Hardy: “The Shadow on the Stone”
After the poet lost his wife, he found his voice.
By Jeremy Axelrod

Originally appeared in Poetry magazine.

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