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John Keats, poetry, and the romance of a short life –On burning brightly and finding artistic validation in death

Gwendolyn Brooks: Poetry, poverty, and a Pulitzer prize What Brooks taught the world about the beauty of community and being a black woman in America Gwendolyn Brooks is an earthy, plainspoken, unpretentious American legend. She won countless awards including a Pulitzer prizeContinue readingmy dreams, my works… by Gwendolyn Brooks

Oscar Wilde: Poetry and aesthetics Take a closer look at the Irish playwright’s life and the fashionable, indulgent myth he built up around himself

Episode 4 is a real treat because we’re discussing a feminist icon, a Mexican legend, a religious prodigy, and one of the most loved female poets in recent history.  In her lifetime, Juana Ines de la Cruz wrote several plays,Continue readingMy Divine Lysis by Juana Ines de la Cruz

When most people hear Beat Generation, a few big names rise to the surface of their brains. Kerouac, Ginsberg, Corso. But one name sometimes gets buried behind the scenes: Lawrence Ferlinghetti. If you ask him, Ferlinghetti says that he wasContinue reading25 by Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Rainer Maria Rilke is a poet who is beloved and celebrated for his work by artists everywhere. Better known for an inspiring collection of letters than he is for his own poetry, Rilke is a compelling personality and truly aContinue readingHer Going Blind by Rainer Maria Rilke

On this, the inaugural episode of the tiff loves words podcast, we dive into a piece by America’s transcendentalist darling, Walt Whitman. To understand the emotion behind these words, we must first understand the time in which they were writtenContinue readingTo a Stranger by Walt Whitman

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