This handout photo provided by the National Portrait Gallery shows Walt Whitman, by G. Frank E. Pearsall. 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" opens Friday and will be on view through April. (AP Photo/G. Frank E. Pearsall, National Portrait Gallery)

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This handout photo provided by the National Portrait Gallery shows Walt Whitman, by G. Frank E. Pearsall. 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" opens Friday and will be on view through April. (AP Photo/G. Frank E. Pearsall, National Portrait Gallery)
This handout photo provided by the National Portrait Gallery shows Walt Whitman, by G. Frank E. Pearsall. 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" opens Friday and will be on view through April. (AP Photo/G. Frank E. Pearsall, National Portrait Gallery)
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