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American Poets

Jim Morrison and Ray Manzarek

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Black Women in the American Revolutionary War

Phillis Wheatley was the first known African American poet and the first known female African American to publish a book. Her writings helped create African American Literature. She was bought at 17 by the Wheatley family who taught her how to read and write. Many white Americans didn’t believe an African could write poetry so they examined Wheatley in court later concluding that the poems she wrote were hers. "In my library." #TheTravelingMan

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William Carlos Williams - he was one of the principal poets of the Imagist movement. Williams sought to invent an entirely fresh—and singularly American—poetic, whose subject matter was centered on the everyday circumstances of life and the lives of common people.

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Emily Dickinson, A Poet in the Kitchen

The only known photograph of New England poet Emily Dickinson (December 10, 1830 – May 15, 1886).

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Sonia Sanchez - African American poet associated with the Black Arts Movement. She has written over fifteen books of poems as well as several plays and children's books.

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H.D.H.D. (born Hilda Doolittle; September 10, 1886 – September 27, 1961) was an American poet, novelist and memoirist known for her association with the early 20th century avant-garde Imagist group of poets such as Ezra Pound and Richard Aldington.

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