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Percy Bysshe Shelley: “Ozymandias”
A poem to outlast empires.
W.S. Merwin: “The Nails”
A long-lost meditation on heartbreak and pain.
Mina Loy: “Lunar Baedeker”
The poet navigates the unknown world.
Anne Bradstreet: “To My Dear and Loving Husband”
Anne Bradstreet became a cultural icon for speaking out. Anne Hutchinson was banished.
Philip Larkin: “An Arundel Tomb”
Does a notoriously grumpy poet believe in everlasting love?
Walt Whitman: “A Passage to India”
Exploring the spiritual in the great master's ode to architecture.
Yusef Komunyakaa: “Facing It”
What happens when metaphor meets a monument?
Lucille Clifton: “won't you celebrate with me”
Lucille Clifton celebrates self-discovery in “won’t you celebrate with me.”
Emily Dickinson: “I Started Early — Took my Dog —”
The poet puts her vast imagination on display at the beach.
Louise Bogan: “A Tale”
Was her first poem her best?