History


  • What Kind of Times Are These, by Adrienne Rich

    This video segment from Poetry Everywhere features the poet Adrienne Rich reading her poem "What Kinds of Times Are These" at the Dodge Poetry Festival. The poem, responding to a line by the poet and playwright Bertolt Brecht, explores politics and place.

    Grades: 7-12
  • Facing It, by Yusef Komunyakaa

    Fourteen years after the Vietnam War, veteran and contemporary poet Yusef Komunyakaa wrote about facing the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial wall and the memories and images the wall evoked. In this video segment from Poetry Everywhere, Komunyakaa reads his poem, "Facing It" at the Dodge Poetry Festival.

    Read "Facing It" at the Poetry Foundation.

    Grades: 7-12
  • A Passage to India, by Walt Whitman

    When the Suez canal opened in 1869, Walt Whitman wrote "A Passage to India" to celebrate both the engineering achievement and the opportunity to connect to other people and spiritual traditions. This video segment from Poetry Everywhere features the playwright Tony Kushner reading an excerpt from "A Passage to India" that explores Whitman's hope in bringing people together.

    Read this excerpt from "A Passage to India" at the Poetry Foundation.

    Grades: 9-12