10/07/2010 04:27 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Celebrate American Literature on the 1st Annual Dead Poets Remembrance Day

Poetry is a thing of the past, unless you include rap as poetic play-on-prose. But there's one man out there keeping the literature alive. Walter Skold, the founder of the Dead Poets Society (and no, not Robin Williams), is kicked off the first National Dead Poets Remembrance Day today in Maine with a sunrise to sunset series of readings from Harpswell to Mount Desert Island. Skold says the day of remembrance was inspired by his discovery that many of the nation's literary forebears have been neglected. The anniversary of Edgar Allen Poe's death seemed only too appropriate. In honor of Remembrance Day, head to the headstones from South Carolina to Maine to remember some of America's most influential and revered Poets.

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