Poetry has had a place in The Atlantic since its founding in 1857—the magazine's inaugural issue including a quartet of poems by Ralph Waldo Emerson. In the years that followed, Walt Whitman, Henry Wadswoth Longfellow, Robert Frost, Sylvia Plath, and many, many others published verse in The Atlantic. Here is a selection of nine highlights from the archives. We've featured the opening lines of each poem, and you can click through to read the entire work:
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