Dickinson vividly described flowers and plants in her poetry. Click here to read her poem, "It will be Summer — eventually." Courtesy of the Emily Dickinson Museum hide caption

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Never Mind The White Dress, Turns Out Emily Dickinson Had A Green Thumb

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Chilean writer and poet Pablo Neruda, after being awarded the 1971 Nobel Prize in Literature. STF/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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'The Lost Neruda' Can Now Be Found In 'Then Come Back'

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A Radiologist And Poet Explains How He Sees The World In Patterns

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For Carl Phillips, Poetry Is Experience Transformed — Not Transcribed

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Irish poet and playwright William Bulter Yeats was born on June 13, 1865. Corbis hide caption

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In The Rolling Hills Of Galway, Spirit Of W.B. Yeats Lives On

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Lawrence Ferlinghetti, pictured here in 2004, was the principal publisher of the writers and poets known as the Beat Generation. Gezett/ullstein bild via Getty Images hide caption

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At 96, Poet And Beat Publisher Lawrence Ferlinghetti Isn't Done Yet

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Poet Allen Ginsberg reads his poem "Howl" outside the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., Oct. 19, 1994, before a hearing on the constitutionality of a FCC policy restricting indecent material. Dennis Cook/AP hide caption

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I Saw The All-Stars Of Our Generation Honor Allen Ginsberg's 'Howl'

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'Windows' That Transform The World: Jane Hirshfield On Poetry

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Philip Levine grew up on the outskirts of Detroit and began writing poetry when he was just 13 years old. "It was like I had never enjoyed anything in my life so much," he said. "It was utterly thrilling. I began to live for it." Gary Kazanjian/AP hide caption

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Philip Levine, Who Found Poetry On Detroit's Assembly Lines, Dies At 87

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Amiri Baraka Didn't Worry About His Politics Overpowering His Poetry

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In 'Dear Father,' A Poet Disrupts The 'Cycle Of Pain'

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Inaugural Poet Recalls A Closeted Childhood Of Cultural Tension

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The Turmoil In Scotland, Expressed By Its Poets

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"I became a poet in Pittsburgh," says, poet and University of Pittsburgh professor Terrance Hayes, pictured above at his home. Courtesy of the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation hide caption

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MacArthur Fellow Terrance Hayes: Poems Are Music, Language Our Instrument

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