In popular films and TV shows, poetry is typically used to express human feelings. This popular wisdom chimes with findings in cognitive neuroscience about how language works.
Three decades after poet Frank X. Walker coined the term ‘Affrilachia,’ the region’s poets and artists continue to create work that probes the world of a people long ignored.
Doubt can be uncomfortable. It is often tempting to jump to conclusions. But Keats counsels otherwise.
Nigeria’s poet and playwright, John Pepper Clark-Bekederemo, died on October 13 aged 86
190 years after her birth, Dickinson’s life reminds us of how to confront the depths of loss with courage and hope.
Poems sing to us that life really matters, now.
In urban Namibia, performance poetry provides a safe space for women to share their experiences and challenge traditional ideas.
Chichester Cathedral’s stone effigy famously influenced Philip Larkin’s An Arundel Tomb. But a new discovery suggests it may have inspired the tale John Keats wrote as La Belle Dame Sans Merci too.
Edgar Allen Poe, Sigmund Freud and cognitive scientists have all wrestled with the human tendency to behave in ways that are irrational and self-defeating.
Malouf’s late return to poetry seems to bring him back in a new way to steadying poems that do justice to the open gaze, the sly wit, the swift imagination and the poise he has in spades.
Take the time to engage with poetry on your own terms.