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Langston Hughes

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Did you know that "The Negro Speaks of Rivers" is a poem that centers around personification as a poetic device? Thanks to Noah we get to see why Mr. Hughes is so well respected in the world of poetry and literature.

Walt Whitman

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A podcast about our good friend Walt -- the absolute dandy and poet of his time. Thank you Raiya for addressing all the important pieces of Walt's career and life.

E-mail Etiquette

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Learn the ins and the outs to e-mail etiquette. Brought to you by KERA.

The Raven by Edgar Allen Poe

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Emily reads to us The Raven by Edgar Allen Poe. Feel free to read along: http://www.houseofusher.net/raven.html The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe First Published in 1845 Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary, Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore, While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping, As of someone gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door. " 'Tis some visitor," I muttered, "tapping at my chamber door; Only this, and nothing more." Ah, distinctly I remember, it was in the bleak December, And each separate dying ember wrought its ghost upon the floor. Eagerly I wished the morrow; vainly I had sought to borrow From my books surcease of sorrow, sorrow for the lost Lenore,. For the rare and radiant maiden whom the angels name Lenore, Nameless here forevermore. And the silken sad uncertain rustling of each purple curtain Thrilled me---filled me with fantastic terrors never felt before; So that now, to still the beating of my heart, I stood repeating, " 'Tis some visitor entreating entrance at my chamber door, Some late visitor entreating entrance at my chamber door. This it is, and nothing more." Presently my soul grew stronger; hesitating then no longer, "Sir," said I, "or madam, truly your forgiveness I implore; But the fact is, I was napping, and so gently you came rapping, And so faintly you came tapping, tapping at my chamber door, That I scarce was sure I heard you." Here I opened wide the door;--- Darkness there, and nothing more. Deep into the darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing Doubting, dreaming dreams no mortals ever dared to dream before; But the silence was unbroken, and the stillness gave no token, And the only word there spoken was the whispered word, Lenore?, This I whispered, and an echo murmured back the word, "Lenore!" Merely this, and nothing more. Back into the chamber turning, all my soul within me burning, Soon again I heard a tapping, something louder than before, "Surely," said I, "surely, that is something at my window lattice. Let me see, then, what thereat is, and this mystery explore. Let my heart be still a moment, and this mystery explore. " 'Tis the wind, and nothing more." Open here I flung the shutter, when, with many a flirt and flutter, In there stepped a stately raven, of the saintly days of yore. Not the least obeisance made he; not a minute stopped or stayed he; But with mien of lord or lady, perched above my chamber door. Perched upon a bust of Pallas, just above my chamber door, Perched, and sat, and nothing more. Then this ebony bird beguiling my sad fancy into smiling, By the grave and stern decorum of the countenance it wore, "Though thy crest be shorn and shaven thou," I said, "art sure no craven, Ghastly, grim, and ancient raven, wandering from the nightly shore. Tell me what the lordly name is on the Night's Plutonian shore." Quoth the raven, "Nevermore." Much I marvelled this ungainly fowl to hear discourse so plainly, Though its answer little meaning, little relevancy bore; For we cannot help agreeing that no living human being Ever yet was blessed with seeing bird above his chamber door, Bird or beast upon the sculptured bust above his chamber door, With such name as "Nevermore." But the raven, sitting lonely on that placid bust, spoke only That one word, as if his soul in that one word he did outpour. Nothing further then he uttered; not a feather then he fluttered; Till I scarcely more than muttered, "Other friends have flown before; On the morrow he will leave me, as my hopes have flown before." Then the bird said, "Nevermore." Startled at the stillness broken by reply so aptly spoken, "Doubtless," said I, "what it utters is its only stock and store, Caught from some unhappy master, whom unmerciful disaster Followed fast and followed faster, till his songs one burden bore,--- Till the dirges of his hope that melancholy burden bore Of "Never---nevermore." But the raven still beguiling all my sad soul into smiling, Straight I wheeled a cushioned seat in front of bird, and bust and door; Then, upon the velvet sinking, I betook myself to linking Fancy unto fancy, thinking what this ominous bird of yore -- What this grim, ungainly, ghastly, gaunt and ominous bird of yore Meant in croaking "Nevermore." Thus I sat engaged in guessing, but no syllable expressing To the fowl, whose fiery eyes now burned into my bosom's core; This and more I sat divining, with my head at ease reclining On the cushion's velvet lining that the lamplight gloated o'er, But whose velvet violet lining with the lamplight gloating o'er She shall press, ah, nevermore! Then, methought, the air grew denser, perfumed from an unseen censer Swung by seraphim whose footfalls tinkled on the tufted floor. "Wretch," I cried, "thy God hath lent thee -- by these angels he hath Sent thee respite---respite and nepenthe from thy memories of Lenore! Quaff, O quaff this kind nepenthe, and forget this lost Lenore!" Quoth the raven, "Nevermore!" "Prophet!" said I, "thing of evil!--prophet still, if bird or devil! Whether tempter sent, or whether tempest tossed thee here ashore, Desolate, yet all undaunted, on this desert land enchanted-- On this home by horror haunted--tell me truly, I implore: Is there--is there balm in Gilead?--tell me--tell me I implore!" Quoth the raven, "Nevermore." "Prophet!" said I, "thing of evil--prophet still, if bird or devil! By that heaven that bends above us--by that God we both adore-- Tell this soul with sorrow laden, if, within the distant Aidenn, It shall clasp a sainted maiden, whom the angels name Lenore--- Clasp a rare and radiant maiden, whom the angels name Lenore? Quoth the raven, "Nevermore." "Be that word our sign of parting, bird or fiend!" I shrieked, upstarting-- "Get thee back into the tempest and the Night's Plutonian shore! Leave no black plume as a token of that lie thy soul hath spoken! Leave my loneliness unbroken! -- quit the bust above my door! Take thy beak from out my heart, and take thy form from off my door!" Quoth the raven, "Nevermore." And the raven, never flitting, still is sitting, still is sitting On the pallid bust of Pallas just above my chamber door; And his eyes have all the seeming of a demon's that is dreaming. And the lamplight o'er him streaming throws his shadow on the floor; And my soul from out that shadow that lies floating on the floor Shall be lifted---nevermore!

ee cummings Biography

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With eloquent diction, Hannah shines the light of ee cummings into our lives. Yipee for no capitalization and punctuation -- a key trait of all cummings' work.

Carl Sandburg Biography

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Kaitlyn tells us about the life of American Poet Carl Sandburg. Listen now -- a Sandburg fact was on Jeopardy tonight, Kaitlyn actually talks about it!

Bruce Springsteen Biography

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Caleb teaches us about "The Boss", Bruce Springsteen. Yes, even Bruce Springsteen is considered a poet.

Jack Kerouac Biography

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Laurel takes us "On The Road" of Beat Generation Writer, Jack Kerouac. Did you know Kerouac was thrown in jail for accessory to murder?

Adrienne Rich Biography

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Natalie speaks about woman, homosexual, and political activist, Adrienne Rich. Thanks Natalie for giving such a great poet a voice!

Maya Angelou Bio

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Follow Stella as she tells the life and times of poet and novelist Maya Angelou, and no she is not Oprah but they are good friends.

Amiri Baraka / LeRoi Jones Bio

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Dirah tells about the life of one of the lesser known Beat Generation poets, Amiri Baraka who was also known as LeRoi Jones. Did you know that Amiri considers LeRoi's death to be in the 1960s?

Emily Dickinson Bio

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Evan explains why he feels that poet Emily Dickinson led a very sheltered and boring life. Evan does admit that her anthology of poems is quite extraordinary.

Gary Soto Bio

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Max tells us so eloquently about the life and times about novelist and poet Gary Soto. Mr. Soto is considered one of the greatest Mexican-American writers of all time.

John Milton Bio

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Isaac tells us about the original poet, no, not Bill Shakespeare, before him: this is the life of epic poet John Milton. Milton wrote the famous epic poem, Paradise Lost.

Robert Frost Bio

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Eddie tells us about the intellectual poet, Robert Frost. Frost was a great American poet; one that the United States should and is proud of . . . Eddie sure thinks so.

Gwendolyn Brooks Bio

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Eighth grader, Gena, pronounced Jenna and not Geena -- I made that mistake only once, gives us a thorough biography of poet Gwendolyn Brooks. Gena utilizes creativity and multiple voices to convey the interesting life of Ms. Brooks.