Monday, April 24, 2017

In Honor Of National Poetry Month

I doubt that most Americans realize it, but April is National Poetry Month. And in honor of that, the YouGov Poll questioned 5,858 adults on April 20th to find out if they have actually read any poetry. The chart above shows the percentage of those polled who say they've read some of the more famous poets.

I was surprised that so many Americans said they have read some of this poetry -- although I suspect that most are simply relating the poetry they were required to read in high school (since the four most widely read are also the four most commonly taught in schools -- Poe, Shakespeare, Frost, and Dickinson).

The three charts below break down that readership by sex, age, and political affiliation.

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