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Stephen Burt TEDTalks

Stephen Burt

Jun 2013

Burt, a literary critic, gives a talk on the importance of poetry and how it can help us handle and explore various emotions and issues in life. For example, having to deal with the fact that we will all someday die. He reads from various poets that have guided him along the way in his life.

Poems can help you say, help you show how you’re feeling, but they can also introduce you to feelings, ways of being in the world, people, very much unlike you, maybe even people from long, long ago.

Stephen Burt: Why people need poetry