When Emily Dickinson died in the 1880s, she was a reclusive, barely published writer. Today, she is a fully canonized, iconic poet. Former U.S. poet laureate Billy Collins says the progress of her status was unprecedented.
Many of McCartneyâs song lyrics were collected in the book called Blackbird Singing which also included samples of his old and new poems. Terry Gross spoke with McCartney in 2001, when the book came out. She asked him about one of poems, Here Today, that he wrote for John Lennon.
On Wednesday, the legendary singer-songwriter received the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song -- the American government's highest honor for pop music. Later that night, he was feted at a White House concert by Stevie Wonder and Jerry Seinfeld, among others. Fresh Air pays tribute to the music legend with highlights from a 2001 interview.
Commentator Maureen Corrigan gives her argument for why poetry is still a viable art form by telling us about two new collections by two poets: "An Atlas of a Difficult World--Poems 1988-1991," by Adrienne Rich (published by Norton). And "Seeing Things," by Seamus Heaney (published by FSG).