April is National Poetry Month, Lets Celebrate!
April is National Poetry Month (NaPoWriMo). Poetry Writing Month is a great time to explore the world of poems, poetry writing, and poetry's history.
What Is National Poetry Month?
... is the largest literary celebration in the world, with tens of millions of readers, students, K-12 teachers, librarians, booksellers, literary events curators, publishers, bloggers, and, of course, poets marking poetry's important place in our culture and our lives every April.
History Of Poetry
What Is A Poem
There are three general types of the modern poetry genre :
- Narrative - tells an epic story,
- Dramatic - poetry that creates tension, conflict, character, and drama,
- Lyrical - is an expression of feelings and is frequently accompanied by music.
There are also some additional types or sub-types such as:
- The ode,
- The sonnet,
- The balled,
- The limerick,
- and many more.
Modern poems don't necessarily follow a single structure, and there are many ways to write it, such as:
- With specific metering such as the Haiku or the Iambic pentameter,
- With praise such as the ode,
- With structured rhymes like the sonnet, which has a 14 line rhyme scheme of ABABCDCDEFEFGG.
There are many more poetry structures, but these are the most common ways to write modern poetry.
Some Classic Poetry Examples
"No Man Is An Island"
by John Donne
No man is an island,
Entire of itself,
Every man is a piece of the continent,
A part of the main.
If a clod be washed away by the sea,
Europe is the less.
As well as if a promontory were.
As well as if a manor of thy friend's
Or of thine own were:
Any man's death diminishes me,
Because I am involved in mankind,
And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls;
It tolls for thee.
"Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening"
by Robert Frost
Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.
My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.
He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound's the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.
The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.
by Langston Hughes
Hold fast to dreams
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly.
Hold fast to dreams
For when dreams go
Life is a barren field
Frozen with snow.
"If I Can Stop One Heart From Breaking"
by Emily Dickinson
If I can stop one heart from breaking,
I shall not live in vain;
If I can ease one life the aching,
Or cool one pain,
Or help one fainting robin
Unto his nest again,
I shall not live in vain.
Six Ways To Celebrate
Here are six ways you can celebrate this great month.
- Read a poem each day throughout the month.
- Memorize a favorite poem.
- Write a poem each day throughout the month.
- Sign up for a poetry class or workshop.
- Investigate poetry events on your area.
- Read poetry from your state poet laureate.
Now It's Your Turn
This Weeks Quote
I was reading the dictionary.
I thought it was a poem about everything.
- Steven Wright
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