Irish poet William Butler Yeats makes a recording for the radio. Scroll down to hear him read his poem "The Lake Isle of Innisfree." Culture Club/Getty Images hide caption

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How Rhythm Carries A Poem, From Head To Heart
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Painful Path To Fatherhood Inspires Poet's New Collection
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Charles Wright, a retired professor at the University of Virginia, has been named the nation's next poet laureate. Holly Wright/Farrar, Straus and Giroux hide caption

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New Poet Laureate: 'The Meaning Has Always Stayed The Same'
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Life's Minutiae Gain New Magnitude In Dunn's 'Lines' Of Poetry
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Amiri Baraka, shown here in 1972, was a renowned poet whose politics strongly shaped his work. Julian C. Wilson/AP hide caption

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Amiri Baraka's Legacy Both Controversial And Achingly Beautiful
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Matthea Harvey's upcoming collection mixes poetry with visual art — like this image. Faces drawn by Monika Zarzecna. Matthea Harvey/Graywolf Press hide caption

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