John Green reads Poetry

Hi I’m John Green and I’m gonna be
reading a poem about poems by Marianne Moore it’s called poetry. I read this
poem for the first time in high school in fact i’m reading from my high school
copy of The Norton Anthology of Poetry and it’s had a huge impact on my life
and the way i think about creative endeavors. There’s a line in it about
imaginary gardens with real toads in them and for me that’s what fiction
writing is.

49 thoughts on “John Green reads Poetry

  1. A poem about poems on a poetry channel: John couldn't be more on brand. I do love it, thanks for sharing 🙂

  2. Love this,, I can listen this for hours…like seriously listen to it for hours. So, please try to upload more frequently from now. But do at your convenience. And also more Jhon Green would be Awesome.

  3. "When they become so derivative as to become unintelligible, the same thing may be said for all of us."
    That was beautiful.

  4. This was wonderful! I can't wait for all the new poetry this channel will help me discover! 🙂

  5. I think I like poetry but I don't really know how to read it so I hope this channel can help me in my journey a little bit

  6. Great reading, thanks John! Also, perfect visual too, as I tend to rush reading, this helps me to really focus, listen, think line by line.

  7. "We can't admire what we cannot understand."
    That pretty much sums up my relationship with art and poetry. PBS's Art Assignment really helped me with the former. Hopefully this channel will help me appreciate poetry. There is a way that John reads things that, what was previously a farrago of words becomes a profound poem. Thank you.

  8. shout out to who ever made the text by text animations!
    This channel, I can already tell, is 100% my jam 👏

  9. I love it! And what a great poem to use to launch the channel. I can't wait for the next one.

  10. For a couple of years now, my husband and I have been wishing for a John Green poetry podcast. Thanks for making our wish come true. 🥰

  11. Oh, I love this so much already. I cannot wait to see what other works, both familiar and new, this series brings.

  12. What purpose does the formatting and whitespace serve in this poem? It doesn't seem related to the content as far as I can tell, but I know very little about poetry.

  13. If I had a dollar for every time I heard John say “the Norton Anthology of Poetry” I’d be rich enough to give John the rights to the Norton Anthology of Poetry.

  14. Just discovered I like poetry so much more when it's being read out to me. Something about the clarity that comes from someone who knows their way around the poem better than I do, atleast for the first read. Already in love with this channel. The green brothers keep fulfilling needs I never knew I had ❤

  15. I am so excited for this project. This is going to bring poetry to a whole new audience who never really thought of it as interesting until now.

  16. I still have my university copy of the Norton Anthology. It's one of my prized possessions. Love this poem.

  17. Thank you, John, for sharing your love of poetry.

    Might I interest you in aphorisms?

  18. Moore's 1967 revision, in its entirety:

    I, too, dislike it.
    ___Reading it, however, with a perfect contempt for it, one discovers in
    ___it, after all, a place for the genuine.

  19. I really liked how you animated the text of the poem. I find it easier to understand the writing when I can see the text and hear it read aloud. I am really excited for this channel!

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