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Listen to Kristin Laurel read her poem

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Listen to Anne Webster read her poem

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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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