“Up to the age of thirty, or beyond it, poetry of many kinds, such as the works of Milton, Gray, Byron, Wordsworth, Coleridge, and Shelley, gave me great pleasure….But now for many years I cannot endure to read a line of poetry;….My mind seems to have become a kind of machine for grinding general laws out of large collections of facts…and if I had to live my life again, I would have made a rule to read some poetry and listen to some music at least once every week….The loss of these tastes is a loss of happiness, and may possibly be injurious to the intellect, and more probably to the moral character, by enfeebling the emotional part of our nature.”
— Charles Darwin: His Life Told in an Autobiographical Chapter & in a Selected Series of his Published Letters, ed. Francis Darwin
"Look at what passes for the new. You will not find it there but in despised poems. It is difficult to get the news from poems yet men die miserably every day for lack of what is found there. Hear me out for I too am concerned and every man who wants to die at peace in his bed besides" -- William Carlos Williams, "Asphodel"
What’s It Like to Be a Bat? by Thomas Nagel (1974), with thanks to Tanvi Medhekar
BBC Documentary on Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, with thanks to Erin Martins Santolupo
Poems in DNA: “The Xenotext,” with thanks to Maryam Golafshani
The Worst Poems by Great Writers, by Charlotte Runcie
How Books Can Open Your Mind, by Lisa Bu
Here is the link for You Have Nine Seconds to Impress with Your Resumé adapted from a Louisa Symington-Mills’ article.