Today's Featured Poet

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Dante Gabriel Rossetti was born in England. In addition to writing poetry, Rossetti was an important figure in the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and the painting associated with that group. Throughout his life he divided his work between his two passions: poetry...

Thin are the night-skirts left behind
By daybreak hours that onward creep,
And thin, alas! the shred of...

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About Poetry Out Loud

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.