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1.

Elizabeth Bishop [electronic resource]

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From childhood in Nova Scotia to travels in Brazil, illustrates the geographical soul of Bishop's life and works with scenes from her poems. Mark Strand, James Merrill, Octavio Paz and Mary McCarthy offer personal memories and commentary.
Online
1988
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Hart Crane [electronic resource]

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Diverse locations and dramatizations of his life illustrate Crane's poetry and his greatest work, "The Bridge". Contemporaries Derek Walcott, Richard Howard, and Malcolm Cowley explore Crane's brief life and rich literary legacy.
Online
1988
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Emily Dickinson [electronic resource]

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Dramatic scenerios and New England landscapes illuminate the passionate genius of Dickinson, whose poems represent a broad range of imaginative experience. Adrienne Rich, Joyce Carol Oates and Dickinson biographer, Richard Sewall, coment on the poet's life and work.
Online
1988
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T.S. Eliot [electronic resource]

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Eliot's life, influence, and poetry from the bold originality of "Prufrock" to the probing, meditative style of "Four Quartets" are explored with photos, archival footage and discussion with friends, critics, and scholars.
Online
1988
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Robert Frost [electronic resource]

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Contrasts Frost's image as elder statesman with his exploration of the darker forces of nature and the human condition. Interweaves interviews with the poet, dramatizations of his work, and commentaries by Seamus Heaney, Alfred Edwards and Richard Wilbur.
Online
1988
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Langston Hughes [electronic resource]

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Examines the life and work of Langston Hughes, who typically wrote about African American history and heritage. Interviews, music, and dance performances convey the importance and influence of Hughes's work. Features discussion by James Baldwin and Hughes biographer Arnold Rampersad.
Online
1988
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Robert Lowell [electronic resource]: A Mania for Phrases

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Discusses Robert Lowell's political passion that encompasses much of his greatest poetry. Lowell reads from his work. Elizabeth Hardwick, Robert Haas, and others discuss his development and style as illustrated by "Lord Weary's Castle" and "Life Studies."
Online
1988
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Marianne Moore [electronic resource]: In Her Own Image

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Funny and formidable, Marianne Moore and her work are analyzed by critics and friends, including Monroe Wheeler, Grace Shulman and Patricia Willis. The conclusion is that her most memorable poems display her power of observation and moral force.
Online
1988
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Sylvia Plath [electronic resource]

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Friends recall the gifted poet's life and help separate Plath, the woman and poet, from the mythic figure that has arisen since her death, often obscuring the art and symbolic intent of her powerful poetry.
Online
1988
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Ezra Pound [electronic resource]

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Explores the life of the most controversial of American poets, artistic catalyst, legendary confidant, and author of brilliant cantos. Ezra Pound, his poetry and his role in the modernist movement are introduced by friends and critics.
Online
1988
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Walt Whitman [electronic resource]

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Brillant readings of Whitman's poems demonstrate his American vision and style and vividly convey their poignance and sheer power. Whitman's sources, including Emerson, the King James Bible, opera and political oratory are revealed.
Online
1988
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William Carlos Williams [electronic resource]

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Discusses the work of William Carlos Williams. A collage of documentary footage, interviews, animation and dramatization, capture the poet's often visual work and intense life.
Online
1988