National Poetry Month

Celebrate National Poetry Month with a visit to some well-known poets, several of our South Carolina Poets Laureate, a bit of information about the rules for writing haiku, and much more!

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Edgar Allan Poe | Poetry All-Stars
Edgar Allan Poe | Poetry All-Stars

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Edgar Allan Poe 1809 - 1849 In 1826, Edgar Allan Poe entered the University of Virginia. He was a successful student, but had a problem with gambling, for which he was forced to leave. After a short...
Rita Dove | Poetry All-Stars
Rita Dove | Poetry All-Stars

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Rita Dove 1952 - In 1987, Rita Dove was one of the youngest poets to win a Pulitzer Prize for poetry. Dove also became the youngest poet laureate of the United States in 1993. Currently, Dove is a...
Robert Frost | Poetry All-Stars
Robert Frost | Poetry All-Stars

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Robert Frost 1874-1963 After a failed attempt at farming in New Hampshire, Frost moved with his wife to England in 1912. There, he was influenced by the great English poets of the day. His friend Ezra...
Maya Angelou | Poetry All-Stars
Maya Angelou | Poetry All-Stars

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Maya Angelou (April 4, 1928 - May 28, 2014) Dr. Maya Angelou's busy career has included work as a poet, historian, songwriter, playwright, dancer, film producer, director, actress, singer, and civil...
Walt Whitman | Poetry All-Stars
Walt Whitman | Poetry All-Stars

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Walt Whitman 1819 - 1892 Walt Whitman, "The Great Grey Poet," was born in 1819 in New York City. At an early age, Whitman began reading the work of Shakespeare and Homer. His love of words led to work...
Langston Hughes | Poetry All-Stars
Langston Hughes | Poetry All-Stars

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Langston Hughes 1902-1967 Langston's father once discouraged him from writing poetry. He believed discrimination would keep the young Langston from finding success as a poet. But Langston continued to...