In this lesson, Leonard Peikoff discusses the value of poetry and its capacity for enriching your life. Encouraging his listeners to “renounce your fear” of poetry, he blends dramatic readings with analysis, using his personal favorites as a window on the world of poetry. He gives as examples poems by Nash, Kipling, Wordsworth, Tennyson, and others. He also discusses the nature and definition of poetry.

This talk was recorded in 1999 at Second Renaissance Conference in Lake Tahoe, California.