Portrait Gallery features faces of nation’s poets


WASHINGTON (AP) — America often knows the names but not the faces of its great poets. Now the National Portrait Gallery is introducing dozens of 20th century poets to Washington visitors.

“Poetic Likeness: Modern American Poets” opens Friday and will be on view through April.

Curator David Ward says he wanted to open a poetry exhibit for years because it’s a way America defined itself as a culture. Ward says poetry is the language we turn to when something is important.


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The show opens with Walt Whitman and maps the evolution of language from the first example of free verse in “Leaves of Grass.” Later, Ezra Pound and others develop a unique American voice, separate from Europe.

It explores biographies of Robert Frost, Langston Hughes, E.E. Cummings, Allen Ginsberg, Marianne Moore and others.

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