Literary Treasures: Derek Walcott Reading His Poems (1986)

The following post is part of our monthly series, “Literary Treasures,” which highlights audio and video recordings drawn from the Library’s extensive online collections, including the Archive of Recorded Poetry and Literature. By showcasing the works and thoughts of some of the greatest poets and writers from the past 75 years, the series advances the Library’s […]

“@ the Crossroads—A Sudden American Poem” by 21st Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera

A quick post to enclose the below, which was written by our Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera and originally published as part of the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day series yesterday, July 10th. @ the Crossroads—A Sudden American Poem Juan Felipe Herrera, 1948 . RIP Philando Castile, Alton Sterling, Dallas police officers Lorne Ahrens, Michael Krol, […]

The “Historical” Poems of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The following guest post, part of our “Teacher’s Corner” series, is by Rebecca Newland, a Fairfax County Public Schools Librarian and former Teacher in Residence at the Library of Congress. In the Poet’s Corner of Westminster Abbey in London, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow is the only non-British writer to be honored with a bust.But how well […]

The Power of Pairing Poems: Walt Whitman and Langston Hughes

The following guest post, part of our “Teacher’s Corner” series, is by Rebecca Newland, a Fairfax County Public Schools Librarian and former Teacher in Residence at the Library of Congress. When I was teaching English, I noticed that pairing poems with similar topics, imagery, or themes prompted excellent discussions. One of my favorite pairs was […]

Reintroducing Poetry 180 – A Poem a Day for High School Students

In 2001, the then U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins launched the online poetry project Poetry 180 as a way to introduce American high school students to contemporary poetry. Poetry 180 quickly became the most popular poetry-related resource on the Library of Congress’s website, and consistently ranks among the most visited sections of the Library’s entire […]

The Process of Discovery: How a New Walt Whitman Poem was Found at the Library of Congress

Walt Whitman enthusiasts were treated to a surprise last December when news broke that Wendy Katz, an associate professor of art history at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, had discovered a new poem by Whitman. The poem, titled “To Bryant, the Poet of Nature,” was uncovered by Katz in May 2014 as she examined penny press […]

Laureates Select Favorite Shakespeare Poem–What’s Yours?

With April marking the bard’s 451st birthday, the Center decided to commemorate Shakespeare’s special month by asking several of our Poet Laureate Consultants in Poetry for their favorite Shakespeare poem. Difficult task, we know!  The results are below. But before you get to that: let us shout a loud, collective HAPPY BIRTHDAY, WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE! Robert […]

A Thanksgiving Poem for Lincoln

On October 3, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln issued a proclamation that declared “the last Thursday of November next as a Day of Thanksgiving and Praise.” Lincoln’s famous Thanksgiving Day proclamation was in large part undertaken at the urging of  Sarah Josepha Hale—poet, novelist, editor of Godey’s Lady’s Book, and, lest we forget, author of the […]