America often knows the names but not the faces of its great poets. Now the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery is introducing dozens of 20th century poets to Washington visitors. Poetic Likeness: Modern American Poets, on view through April, opens with Walt Whitman and maps the evolution of language from the first example of free verse in Leaves of Grass. Later, Ezra Pound and others develop a unique American voice, separate from Europe. Among the poets featured: Robert Frost, Langston Hughes, E.E. Cummings, Allen Ginsberg and Marianne Moore.
Details: www.npg.si.edu or 202-633-1000.