BiblioFiles #53: An Apology for Poetry


What is poetry’s relationship to the literary arts? How is poetry different from prose or other works of literature? Why should we read it in addition to other works? In this episode the BiblioFiles crew attempts an apology for poetry while rambling on about all of their favorite poets and poems along the way.

Referenced Works:

Poetics by Aristotle

– “The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

An Invitation to Poetry by Jay Parini

– “Poetry” by Marianne Moore

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

– “The Kings’ Breakfast,” “Disobedience,” and “Happiness” by A.A. Milne

– “Digging” and Beowulf by Seamus Heaney 

– The work of Siegfried Sassoon

– John Donne’s Holy Sonnets

– The work of Gerard Manley Hopkins

– “The Lovesong of J. Alfred Prufrock” by T.S Eliot

– “The Gray Man” in Usher by B. H. Fairchild

– Shakespeare’s Sonnets

– The work of Christian Wiman

– The work of Robert Frost

David Middleton

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

We love hearing your questions and comments! You can contact us by emailing, or you can visit our website to find even more ways to participate in the conversation.