Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks to the media following talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the German federal Chancellery on February 4 in Berlin. Adam Berry/Getty Images hide caption

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How To Get Kids Hooked On Books? 'Use Poetry. It Is A Surefire Way'
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'I Think That I Shall Never See, A Poem As Lovely As ... One On ATC'
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Medhi Salimian uses the words of Hafez — and the help of his bird, Sarah — to tell fortunes. Steve Inskeep/NPR hide caption

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In Iran, A Poet's 700-Year-Old Verses Still Set Hearts Aflame
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Anna Akhmatova, who lived from 1889 to 1966, was a beacon of artistic courage in the face of repression during Soviet times. Her work is now receiving renewed attention. Fine Art Images/Heritage Images/Getty Images hide caption

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An Unexpected Revival For A Beloved Russian Poet
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Simon Armitage frowns with dignity after being awarded the Commander of the British Empire medal at Buckingham Palace in 2010. Though he began the nomination process for the Oxford post as an underdog, he emerged from the ensuing drama with the professorship. WPA Pool/Getty Images hide caption

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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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Before William Faulkner became a Nobel Prize-winning novelist, he published some unsuccessful poetry. Hulton Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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Poet Richard Blanco says that appearing at President Obama's second inauguration made him feel as if, for the first time, he "had a place at the American table." Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP hide caption

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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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From Her Dad To Her 'Jamish' Roots, A Poet Pieces Her Story Together
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Daisy Armstrong began performing poetry when her mother took her to a youth poetry group. Soon, she was winning competitions — but she was also kicked out of school after a slam poetry tour. Daniel Schaefer/Courtesy of OutlierImagery.com hide caption

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From Feeling Lost To Army Strong, With The Help Of Poetry
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Former U.S. Poet Laureate Mark Strand (right) with Mexican author and Nobel Prize winner for literature, Ocatavio Paz, at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, in 1995. Strand has died of cancer at age 80. Joe Cavareta/AP hide caption

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From 2:50: Strand on making a living as a poet.
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Common Core Reading: 'The New Colossus'
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