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The Sky the Bay Her Eyes

Was Nathaniel Hawthorne drunk on Nantucket Sound's tangy salt air–or was it the innkeeper's daughter? Liz Rose Dolan has a pretty good idea about the inspiration for The Scarlet Letter.
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Walking with Elihu

In five poems, Taylor Graham imagines walking the precipitous cliffs and zigzag trails with Elihu Burritt, the Learned Blacksmith, as he treks north through Scotland during the Industrial Revolution.
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The Poet's Face

Even in death, John Keats makes a stunning impression on Linda McCauley Freeman when she visits the Keats-Shelley House in Rome, where the English Romantic poet died at 25.
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Quiet Like a Canonized Saint

Amid the New England confection of poets' meditation gardens, Phylinda Moore discovers Stanley Kunitz's world–while the poet himself was dying in New York.
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At Inis Meáin He Rides to the Sea

The tragedy and language of John Millington Synge's play Riders to the Sea inspire Liz Rose Dolan to visit the Aran Islands, where she contemplates life, death, and the cruelty of the sea.
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