04 Apr '13, 1pm

4 Reasons Poetry is Good for Us

4 Reasons Poetry is Good for Us

Before there was writing, before there was prose, certainly way before there were such things as 140 character “tweets” and “status updates,” there was poetry. April is National Poetry Month in the U.S., a time to “celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture”; to read or even recite out loud poems such as Emma Lazarus’ The New Colossus (“Give me your tired, your poor, / Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free”) or Alan Ginsberg’s Howl (“I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked”). Classes in poetry aren’t the most popular with most of my students. But if analyzing metaphors in 18th-century poets isn’t your favorite activity, perhaps you still enjoy reciting the lyrics of songs or keep a few words of some poem in mind because it just says something in just the right way. Poet Robert Pinsky has suggested that poet...

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