Web Site of the Week: Poetic Likeness: Modern American Poets
Want to see the faces of the poets whose words have inspired you over the years? This show from the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery answers the need. The opening banner includes photographs of Walt Whitman, Marianne Moore, Sylvia Plath, John Ashbery, and Elizabeth Bishop. Afterwards, the portraits follow in four sections: Make It New; The Beauty of Inflections; Asking Compassion; and The Spoken Word. Make It New features Walt Whitman and Ezra Pound, with larger images, short essays, and excerpts from each poet. In Pound’s case, the quoted poem is “A Pact,” directed at Whitman. The concluding Spoken Word section allows visitors to hear the poets as well as see them, with recordings of seven poets: Moore, Robert Frost, Langston Hughes, Pound, Sylvia Plath, Robert Lowell, and Ashbery. [DS]
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