'Dead Poets' founder visits his 300th grave.

AuthorCanfield, Clarke

Byline: Clarke Canfield

PORTLAND, Maine -- A Maine man who's devoted himself to honoring the memory of poets from the past has now visited 300 grave sites of poets ahead of this weekend's fourth annual Dead Poets Remembrance Day.

Walter Skold of Freeport reached the milestone Monday when he visited the burial sites of Anne Whitney, William Reed Huntington and Mary Baker Eddy in Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, Mass. Eddy is best known as the founder of Christian Science, but she was also an accomplished poet.

Skold said he was half-joking when he first said he wanted to visit the graves of 500 dead poets who had at least one book of poetry published, in their lifetime or posthumously. But now he's serious and has identified the gravesites of 201 more bards in the U.S. and Europe, including those of T.S. Eliot, W.H. Auden and Sylvia Plath.

''I never really expected that this would go on this long and become such a focus,'' Skold said. ''But I'm happy it has.''

Skold founded the Dead Poets Society of America and began visiting and documenting the graves of dead poets in 2009 in an effort to draw...

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