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Edgar Allen Poe once said, "Poetry is the rhythmical creation of beauty in words." One might not expect such an eloquent and albeit positive insight from a man notoriously dark and morbidly-minded, yet Poe is one of history's most renowned poets. Although Emily Dickinson is one of America's most famous authors, by the time she died, only 12 of the more than 1,800 poems she penned throughout her life had been published. Langston Hughes fought against racism and political oppression during his lifetime though the poetry-fueled Harlem Renaissance movement—which also included revolutionary poet Countee Cullen. Allen Ginsberg captured the spirit of the 1960s and '70s through his socially inspired beatnik prose which often included themes such as free speech and opposition to the Vietnam War. Despite the small niceties greeting card poems may convey, poetry has in fact been used as a powerful tool of social and political upheaval, storytelling through generations and expressing the complexities of life and its struggles for centuries.

From the classical prose of William Shakespeare to the modern spoken word stanzas of Maya Angelou, this playlist takes you through some of the literary world's most influential and powerful poetry line-by-line. If poet Carl Sandberg's definition of poetry is true—"Poetry is the opening and closing of a door, leaving those who look through to guess about what is seen during the moment"—then these videos are sure to put the mind to work.

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The Rainy Day - A poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. This poem tells the story of an older man who is having one of many depressing days. He is depressed because his youth is lost, yet he continues to dwell on the past instead of looking to the future. Eventually he realizes that everyone has sorrowful moments in their life, and must learn to deal with them and move on. At the end of the poem he develops a sense of hope, which is one of the themes of the poem. The speaker is speaking directly to the reader in 3rd person omniscient point of view. The tone of the poem is gloomy and dark, but at the end the speaker finds hope and the tone changes to hopeful because he realizes that this kind of thing must happen to everyone and he has to learn to deal with it. About the poet -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807 -- 1882) was an American poet, educator and linguist. He was born in Portland, Maine, United States. He was one of the five Fireside Poets also known as household or schoolroom poets. The great versatility in his poetic work is clearly seen through his usage of anapestic and trochaic forms, blank verse, heroic couplets, ballads and sonnets. For more videos log onto http://www.youtube.com/pearlsofwisdom Also find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pearlsofwisdomchannel Subscribe & Stay Tuned - http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=pearlsofwisdom
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An Immorality - A poem by Ezra Pound. About the poet - Ezra Pound (1885 - 1972) was an American poet and critic and a major figure in the early modernist movement in poetry. He is credited for developing Imagism, a bridge between verbal and musical qualities of the text to the mood it expressed. Pound also worked as a foreign editor of several American literary magazines. For more videos log onto http://www.youtube.com/pearlsofwisdom Also find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pearlsofwisdomchannel
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Emily Dickinson Archive (http://www.edickinson.org/) makes high-resolution images of manuscripts of Dickinson's poetry available in open access, along with transcriptions and annotations from historical and scholarly editions. A collaboration between Amherst College, Boston Public Library, Brigham Young University, Harvard University Press, Houghton Library at Harvard, and other institutions holding Dickinson manuscripts, Emily Dickinson Archive is designed to inspire new scholarship and discourse on this literary icon.
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Sonnet 43 -- A Sonnet by Elizabeth Barrett Browning. About the poet - Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806 -- 1861) was one of the most prominent poets of the Victorian era. She was born in Durham, England. Her poetry was widely popular in both England and the United States. She is considered as one of the greatest contributors to the literature due to the profound intellectual thought reflecting from her works. For more videos log onto http://www.youtube.com/pearlsofwisdom Also find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pearlsofwisdomchannel
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Since Feeling Is First by E.E. Cummings Since feeling is first Who pays any attention To the syntax of things Will never wholly kiss you; Wholly to be a fool While Spring is in the world My blood approves, And kisses are a better fate Than wisdom Lady i swear by all flowers. Don't cry The best gesture of my brain is less than Your eyelids' flutter which says We are for eachother: then Laugh, leaning back in my arms For life's not a paragraph And death i think is no parenthesis About the poet - Edward Estlin Cummings (1894 -- 1962) was an American poet, painter, essayist, author, and playwright. He was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. Cummings' poetry often deals with themes of love and nature, as well as the relationship of the individual to the masses and to the world. His poems rife with satire. Modernism prevailed major part of his work. He is remembered as a leading voice of 20th century poetry. For more videos log onto http://www.youtube.com/pearlsofwisdom Also find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pearlsofwisdomchannel Subscribe & Stay Tuned - http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=pearlsofwisdom
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She walks in beauty- A poem by George Gordon (Lord) Byron. About the poet - George Gordon (Lord) Byron (1788 --1824), famously known as Lord Byron, was a British poet and a leading figure in the romantic movement. He was born in Scotland. His influence on European poetry, music, novel, opera, and painting has been immense. For more videos log onto http://www.youtube.com/pearlsofwisdom Also find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pearlsofwisdomchannel
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This is video footage of Maya Angelou reciting her poem "On the Pulse of Morning" at the 1993 Presidential Inaugural. This footage is official public record produced by the White House Television (WHTV) crew, provided by the Clinton Presidential Library. Date: January 20, 1993 Location: US Capitol. Washington, DC ARC Identifier: 1261433 http://www.archives.gov/research/search/ Access Restriction(s): unrestricted Use Restrictions(s): unrestricted Camera: White House Television (WHTV) / Main This material is public domain, as it is a work prepared by an officer or employee of the U.S. Government as part of that person's official duties. Any usage must receive the credit "Courtesy; William J. Clinton Presidential Library," and no exclusive rights or permissions are granted for usage.
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You can directly support Crash Course at http://www.subbable.com/crashcourse Subscribe for as little as $0 to keep up with everything we're doing. Free is nice, but if you can afford to pay a little every month, it really helps us to continue producing this content. In which John Green teaches you about the poetry of Langston Hughes. Langston Hughes was a poet and playwright in the first half of the 20th century, and he was involved in the Harlem Renaissance, which was a cultural movement among African Americans of the time that produced all kinds of great works in literature, poetry, painting, sculpture, music, and other areas. The Harlem Renaissance mainly happened in Harlem, the traditionally black neighborhood in upper Manhattan in New York City. Langston Hughes was primarily known as a poet, but he was involved deeply in the movement itself as well. John will teach you a bit about Hughes's background, and he'll examine a few of his best known poems.
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Performance artist, poet and playwright Edgar Oliver performs an extraordinary reading of "The Raven," Edgar Allan Poe's classic poem.
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Professor Roger Bowley says poetry and numbers are more closely linked than you may think, citing Shakespeare's 14-line sonnets and iambic pentameter as examples. Website: http://www.numberphile.com/ Numberphile on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/numberphile Numberphile tweets: https://twitter.com/numberphile Videos by Brady Haran Brady's other channels include: http://www.youtube.com/periodicvideos (Chemistry stuff) http://www.youtube.com/sixtysymbols (Physics and astronomy) http://www.youtube.com/DeepSkyVideos (Space stuff) http://www.youtube.com/nottinghamscience (Science and behind the scenes) http://www.youtube.com/foodskey (Food science) http://www.youtube.com/BackstageScience (Big science facilities) http://www.youtube.com/favscientist (Favourite scientists) http://www.youtube.com/bibledex (Academic look at the Bible) http://www.youtube.com/wordsoftheworld (Modern language and culture) http://www.youtube.com/PhilosophyFile (Philosophy stuff)
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Jabberwocky - A poem by Lewis Caroll. About the poem - "Jabberwocky" is a nonsense verse poem written by Lewis Carroll in his 1871 novel Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There, a sequel to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. The book tells of Alice's adventures within the back-to-front world of a looking glass. About the poet- Charles Lutwidge Dodgson better known by the pseudonym Lewis Carroll,was an English author, mathematician, logician, Anglican deacon and photographer. His most famous writings are Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and its sequel Through the Looking-Glass, as well as the poems "The Hunting of the Snark" and "Jabberwocky", all these are examples of the genre of literary nonsense. He is noted for his facility at word play, logic, and fantasy. For more videos log onto http://www.youtube.com/pearlsofwisdom Also find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pearlsofwisdomchannel Subscribe & Stay Tuned - http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=pearlsofwisdom