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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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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

Emily Dickinson in Photographs

Until recently there was only one known photographic image of Emily Dickinson’s face, a single daguerreotype of the demure “Belle of Amherst” at the age of 16. In 2012, a second picture was revealed, a view of Emily at 30, her demeanor mature, confident and direct, sitting with her friend Kate Scott Turner.

Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Conqueror Worm”

The supposed original manuscript of Edgar Allan Poe's poem "The Conqueror Worm" popped up unexpectedly at an auction house in 2013 and was sold for a fortune--but Poe was such a polarizing figure in 19th century publishing and there are so many forgeries of his work that this manuscript may not be real.

Baseball in Poetry, Poetry in Baseball

Baseball is the most literary of sports—the game is bursting with metaphor, image and rhythm, and there are lots of places where you can find baseball in poems, and locate the poetry in baseball.

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