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Career > > 1999 > The Greatest American Poetry

The Greatest American Poetry

December 16, 1999 | 179 minutes

Elliott Gould, Burt Reynolds, Meryl Streep, Bill Pullman and a host of other celebrities read over 100 by 4 of America's greatest poets. Walt Whitman celebrates the brash and rugged individualism of his country in exuberant language. The spare, precise language of Emily Dickinson conveys her penetrating vision of the natural world and an acute understanding of the most profound human truths. Robert Frost draws his inspiration from everyday incidents, common situations, and rural imagery. Pulitzer Prize winner Carl Sandburg's poetry embodies a love of and compassion for the common man that earned him the nickname "poet of the people."



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