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This program from the American Experience series tells Whitman’s life story, from his working-class childhood on Long Island, to his years as a newspaper reporter in Brooklyn, to his reckless pursuit of the attention and affection he craved for his work, to his death in 1892 at the age of 72.
Videotaped shortly before his death, this interview gives an intimate overview of Ginsberg’s work and of the Beat literary movement. Ginsberg reads from three of his poems, including "Kaddish," his masterpiece, and tells of his friendship with Jack Kerouac.
This program traces Auden's life’s story and provides a sampling of his very best works, including “Musée des Beaux Arts,” “In Memory of W. B. Yeats,” “Epitaph on a Tyrant,” “Leap Before You Look,” and “The Shield of Achilles."
As a poet, T. S. Eliot did not just modernize, he revolutionized. As critic and publisher, he informed literary theory and promoted a generation of major young writers. This richly resourced program provides a concise biography of Eliot, tracing the key events of his life and highlighting his many contributions to English literature.
Saxophonist Tia Fuller shows how 'The Weary Blues' can be broken down into terms of music. Dr. Griffin points out that Hughes usage of seductive phrasing went against popular opinion for how blacks should be representing themselves.
The Harvard-educated writer, who preferred to sign his name in all lowercase, is known for the eccentricity of the typography and punctuation he employed to reinforce the rhythm and meaning of words. His poems truly leap off the page when performed aloud. This program, which celebrated the beauty of the individual, is set in a re-creation of New York’s Greenwich Village, where e. e. cummings lived for nearly 40 years.