How Ben Jonson's poetic masterpieces found the world by leaving it behind.
Ralph Waldo Emerson, John Keats, and the race to make the most of a short life.
Three Golden Rules for book reviewing: What are they?
Why are William Cowper's poems so witty? Because he was convinced he was going to hell.
Robert Pinsky collaborates with jazz musicians: What do music and poetry share?
George Gascoigne's "The Lullaby of a Lover" and its covert humor.
Poems by Lola Ridge: an early, great chronicler of New York life.
Two Valentine's Day poems, selected by Robert Pinsky: one pure, the other impure.
Robert Pinsky poetry discussion: When poets compose under pressure.
Poets who get friendly with the gods.
Sir Walter Raleigh's "The Lie" and the art of the poetic takedown.
How can poetry that doesn't rhyme be so pleasing to the ear?
William Blake's two poems called "The Chimney Sweeper" create art by keeping us uncomfortable.
The enigmatic and enduring art of John Clare, a mad pauper and brilliant poet.
What Robert Louis Stevenson, Walter de la Mare, and Edward Lear teach us about writing poetry for kids.
Meet Abraham Lincoln, poet.
How poems like John Wilmot's "Upon Nothing" make art from savage wit.
Was Robert Frost a Modernist?
Before the tabloids, there were ballads like "The Cruel Mother."
Slate’s 2010 Valentine’s Day poetry anthology.