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Poem Guide
By Camille Guthrie

A poet uses a punctuation mark to plot a crime.

  • Article for Students
    By Robert Pinsky

    Freedom is where the artist begins: there are no rules, and the principles and habits are up to you.

  • Glossary Term
  • Article for Students
    By Rebecca Hazelton

    How to use simile and metaphor like a boss.

  • Essay on Poetic Theory
    By Richard Hugo1982

    You hear me make extreme statements like “don’t communicate” and “there is no reader.” While these state­ments are meant as said, I presume when...

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Featured Poet: Seamus Heaney
    • author

      Seamus Heaney is widely recognized as one of the major poets of the 20th century. A native of Northern Ireland, Heaney was raised in County Derry, and later lived for...

    • poem
      By Seamus Heaney
      Late August, given heavy rain and sun
      For a full week, the blackberries would ripen.
      At first, just one, a glossy purple clot
      Among others, red, green, hard as a knot.
      You ate that first one and its flesh was sweet
      Like thickened wine: summer's...

    • Poem Guide
      By Joshua Weiner

      In this “Troubles” elegy, the poet revisits a fisherman and pub-goer he once knew.

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