Third time Poet Laureate of the United States, Robert Pinsky, shares his philosophies on life and poetry, as a choice selection of his poems are discussed with Bill Moyer. Guided by a deep love for the English language and its aural beauty, he explains the motivation behind poems like "To Television" and "Poem with Refrain." He expresses his desire to help those who read his poetry to experience the same emotional connection to the rhythm and music of the words that he experiences. As he often relies on his own past as a deep source of motivation, he explains the personal context for his featured works . Like music, he believes that poetry is a universal phenomenon that crosses all social and cultural boundaries.