What a treat today on NPR:
Robert Pinsky's 'Singing School': Poetry For The Verse Averse
For Robert Pinsky, the pleasure in poetry comes from the music of the language, and not from the meaning of the words. So he put together an anthology of 80 poems that are models by master poets — from Sappho to Allen Ginsberg, Shakespeare to Emily Dickinson.
"For a lot of people, well-meaning teaching has made poetry seem arcane, difficult, kind of brown-knotting medicine that might be good for you but doesn't taste so good," Pinsky says. "So I tried to make a collection of poetry that would be fun. And that would bring out poetry as an art, rather than a challenge to say smart things."
The book is called Singing School: Learning to Write (and Read) Poetry by studying with the Masters.