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Voices & Visions

Found In: language arts, 9-12

black and white photo of poet Elizabeth Bishop
Elizabeth Bishop, Poet Laureate of the United States from1949-50 and Pulitzer Prize winner for Poetry in 1956

Voices & Visions examines the lives and writing of 13 American poets with readings, photographs, dance, performances, and interviews I hour-long programs. Selected poems are presented in historical and cultural context. The series is intended for grades 9-12 and higher and discusses the terminology of poetry and the role of poets in American and world literature. Poets included are Elizabeth Bishop, Hart Crane, Emily Dickinson, T. S. Eliot, Robert Frost, Langston Hughes, Robert Lowell, Marianne Moore, Sylvia Plath, Ezra Pound, Wallace Stevens, Walt Whitman, and William Carlos Williams. (DVDs and supporting materials are available for purchase.)

The accompanying resources for Elizabeth Bishop include additional video and audio clips and links to other websites.

  • NOTE: The series dates from 1988 and some of the links are broken. However, most can be searched out, for example, the link to Vassar College’s Elizabeth Bishop: American Poet. The correct URL is
  • NOTE also: The link to the Bishop program on her page will provide a message: “Access Denied,” though the link from the main page will work. This is true of the remaining 12 poets.

Resources for William Carlos Williams include video and audio clips and links to electronic texts of Williams’ poems and Dana Gioia’s 1991 essay "Can Poetry Matter?" which addresses the role of poetry in culture.



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