Today's Featured Poet

T. S. Eliot

Arguably the most famous poet of the Modernist movement, T(homas) S(tearns) Eliot revolutionized the art first with "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" in 1915 and then with the 1922 publication of his long, difficult poem The Waste Land....

Stand on the highest pavement of the stair—
Lean on a garden urn—
Weave, weave the sunlight in your hair—
Clasp your flowers to you with a pained surprise—
Fling them to the ground and turn
With a fugitive resentment...

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Welcome to Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest. Created by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, Poetry Out Loud is administered in partnership with the State Arts Agencies of all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico.