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American Poets

from Tori Avey

Emily Dickinson, A Poet in the Kitchen

The only known photograph of New England poet Emily Dickinson (December 10, 1830 – May 15, 1886).


Heretic, Rebel, a Thing to Flout: Langston Hughes—The Prophetic Poetic Voice of the Black Experience. For many folks Langston Hughes is THE great African American Poet. Certainly he was a break out star who won wide audiences among both Blacks and Whites with gritty yet lyrical poems that unflinchingly cast a light on the Black experience—and his personal experience—in America. In doing so he opened the doors for others. Hughes was born in Joplin, Missouri on February 1, 1902.


American poet Walt Whitman (1819-1892) is among the most influential poets in American literature, and is known by many as the "Father of Free Verse." Much of his work was considered controversial during his lifetime, especially the collection Leaves of Grass, which includes sexual references many deemed obscene at the time.