Poet and playwright Derek Walcott published his first poem at the age of 14. He won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1992. Brooks Kraft/Sygma via Getty Images hide caption

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Derek Walcott, Who Wrote Of Caribbean Beauty And Bondage, Dies At 87

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A quartzite colossus possibly of Ramses II and limestone bust of Seti II have been discovered at the ancient Heliopolis archaeological site in the Matariya area of Cairo. Anadolu Agency/Getty Images hide caption

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Can Poetry Keep You Young? Science Is Still Out, But The Heart Says Yes

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Khoshaba Jaber, an Assyrian living in West London, plays a tambura, a traditional instrument known as the "mother of strings," after singing an epic poem he learned in his boyhood village in northern Iraq. Alice Fordham/NPR hide caption

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In England, An Effort To Preserve Ancient, Epic Assyrian Poetry

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Poet Billy Collins sat down with NPR at the Georgetown Public Library in Washington, D.C., to read and discuss his work. Rebecca Harlan/NPR hide caption

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Human Or Machine: Can You Tell Who Wrote These Poems?

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"If you can write this out and give it to society," Jimmy Santiago Baca told NPR last month, "it's going to allow them to take the blinders off and see what's really going on with you in your life." Hill Street Studios/Getty Images/Blend Images RM hide caption

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Out Of Juvenile Corrections, Poems Of Fury, Loss — And Lingering Beauty

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Most of the poets who submitted to the Words Unlocked contest are between the ages of 14 to 18. Richard Ross/Courtesy of CEEAS hide caption

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Poetry Behind Bars: The Lines That Save Lives — Sometimes Literally

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A Glimpse Of Listeners' #NPRpoetry — From The Punny To The Profound

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Viet Cong soldiers going into battle near Hue during the Vietnam War, circa 1968. Years later, the war shaped how Ocean Vuong grew up. Three Lions/Getty Images hide caption

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In The Lines Of Ocean Vuong, Echoes Of His Family's Past In Vietnam

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