Smithsonian opens ex­hibit hon­our­ing Amer­i­can po­ets

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WASH­ING­TON — Amer­ica of­ten knows the names but not the faces of its great po­ets. Now the Smithsonian’s Na­tional Por­trait Gallery is in­tro­duc­ing dozens of 20th cen­tury po­ets to Wash­ing­ton vis­i­tors.

Po­etic Like­ness: Mod­ern Amer­i­can Po­ets opened Fri­day and will be on view through April.

Cu­ra­tor David Ward says he wanted to open a po­etry ex­hibit for years be­cause it’s a way Amer­ica de­fined it­self as a cul­ture. Ward says po­etry is the lan­guage we turn to when some­thing is im­por­tant.

The show opens with Walt Whit­man (right) and maps the evo­lu­tion of lan­guage from the first ex­am­ple of free verse in Leaves of Grass. Later, Ezra Pound and oth­ers de­velop a unique Amer­i­can voice, sep­a­rate from Europe.

It ex­plores bi­ogra­phies of Robert Frost (left), Langston Hughes, e.e. cum­mings, Allen Gins­berg, Mar­i­anne Moore and oth­ers

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