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Law and Poetry

April 5, 2011

And do as adversaries do in law,

Strive mightily,

But drink and eat as friends.

–          Shakespeare, The Taming of the Shrew

April is National Poetry Month, a celebration of poetry established by the Academy of American Poets to “highlight the extraordinary legacy and ongoing achievement of American poets.”  Many famous poets were also lawyers, including Wallace Stevens, who sometimes composed lines of poetry while walking to his job at the Hartford Accident and Indemnity Company.  Stevens won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1955 for his Collected Poems .

Visit the law library to read more about poetry and the law.  We have such works as Poetry of the Law:  From Chaucer to the Present, edited by David Kader and Michael Stanford, Crime in Verse:  The Poetics of Murder in the Victorian Era, by Ellen L. O’Brien, and Shakespeare for Lawyers:  A Practical Guide to Quoting the Bard, by Margaret Graham Tebo.

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