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William Butler Yeats

William Butler Yeats in 1911

A master of traditional verse forms, Yeats was something of a mystic and he composed lines that seem eternal, given, oracular—but he was also intimately involved in the events of his time and place, Ireland at the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th.

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Ezra Pound

Biographical profile of the great Modernist poet Ezra Pound: genius, anti-Semite, author of cantos and translations, he singlehandedly forced Modernism into vaudeville USA, spun language on ear, cut words to bone, edited T.S. Eliot until he said “Truth.”

Library: Poems by Ezra Pound

Our library of poem texts – selected poems by Ezra Pound, in chronological order.

The Death of Edgar Allan Poe

At both ends of his earthly existence, “Master of the Macabre” Edgar Allan Poe lingered at the threshold between life and death, and mysteries surround his own tragic passage across that threshold at the age of 40.

Experiment escorts us last — by Emily Dickinson

“Experiment escorts us last —” (#1770) by Emily Dickinson

"Faith" is a fine invention by Emily Dickinson

“‘Faith’ is a fine invention” (#185) by Emily Dickinson

The Brain — is wider than the Sky — by Emily Dickinson

“The Brain — is wider than the Sky —” (#632) by Emily Dickinson

The Chemical conviction by Emily Dickinson

“The Chemical conviction” (#954) by Emily Dickinson

The farthest Thunder that I heard by Emily Dickinson

“The farthest Thunder that I heard” (#1581) by Emily Dickinson

The Scientist in Emily Dickinson

In contrast to the stereotypical notion of her as a shy and housebound Victorian woman who wrote about flowers and her religious faith, Emily Dickinson was actually a scientist at heart.

I have never seen "Volcanoes" — by Emily Dickinson

“I have never seen ‘Volcanoes’ —” (#175) by Emily Dickinson

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