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poetry in america

The 12-part series POETRY IN AMERICA draws students of all ages into conversations about poetry. Hosted by Harvard University professor Elisa New, each half-hour episode highlights the work of one distinguished poet (Emily Dickinson, Langston Hughes, Gwendolyn Brooks) with a reading by an individual well known for accomplishments outside the humanities (actress and playwright Anna Deavere Smith, Grammy-Award winner Herbie Hancock; former vice president Joe Biden, and rapper/poet Nas), as well as a chorus of others, including: a chorus of pick-up basketball players, young naturalists at the Massachusetts Audubon Society, and students at the Parsons School of Design. The fast-moving, beautifully shot series offers viewers a fully immersive experience in hearing, reading, and interpreting a single American poem. Scholar Elisa New opens a conversation about poetry and encourages viewers at home to extend the discussion past the episode's end.

Episode Duration: 26 minutes and 46 seconds

Episode Number: 401


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Sun, Jul 14 6:30 P.M. Hill Country     NHPBS (11.1)
Sun, Jul 21 6:30 P.M. Emperor of Ice Cream, Motive for Metaphor     NHPBS (11.1)
Sun, Jul 28 6:30 P.M. Who Burns for the Perfection of Paper     NHPBS (11.1)
Sun, Aug 4 6:30 P.M. Steps     NHPBS (11.1)


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