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Stephen Burt:
Why people need poetry

TEDGlobal 2013 · 13:12 · Filmed Jun 2013
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Stephen Burt: Why people need poetry
13:12 · Filmed June 2013 at TEDGlobal 2013 · Subtitles available in 16 languages

"We're all going to die — and poems can help us live with that." In a charming and funny talk, literary critic Stephen Burt takes us on a lyrical journey with some of his favorite poets, all the way down to a line break and back up to the human urge to imagine.

Poetry critic
In his influential poetry criticism, Stephen Burt links the contemporary with the classical, pinpoints new poetry movements, and promotes outstanding little-known poets. Full bio
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