“Poetic Likeness” recognized the impact of poetry in America through a survey of its history during the modern period. During this time, the nation’s poets came of age in their command of a distinctly American voice. Beginning with Walt Whitman, and his invention of free verse, through the 1970s, with poets like Yusef Komunyakaa, the exhibition charted how American poets contributed to the making of American literature by following Ezra Pound’s injunction to “make it new.”
“Poetic Likeness” provided a documentary record of modernist poetry through compelling portraits--from the museum’s collection--and include extensive quotations from each poet. Additionally, audiovisual clips will show poets reading their own works. Some of the key “makers of modernism” included are Walt Whitman, Ezra Pound, Robert Frost, Marianne Moore, Langston Hughes and Allen Ginsberg.