Keep Poetry Alive

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National Poetry Month is once again upon us. What can you do to celebrate? Try these:

1. Read one poem a day or set aside a few minutes to read poetry, either silently or out loud.
2. Write poetry: sonnets, haiku, free verse, anything goes!
3. Revise an old poem (or two or three).
4. Attend a poetry reading, workshop, or seminar.
5. Volunteer to read poetry to children at a school library.
6. Write a poem with someone else.
7. Memorize a favorite poem.
8. Send a poem to a friend or family member.
9. Write an 140-character Twitter poem.

“Poetry is finer and more philosophical than history; for poetry expresses the universal, and history only the particular.” -Aristotle

6 thoughts on “Keep Poetry Alive

  1. Ah, poetry. It’s been a while since I even attempted it (and the world is probably better off for it). I wasn’t so great at it back in my teen years when I wrote a ton of mostly unfinished poems. Except for my own need for angsty expression, I’ve never been that into it. Though I do like (and own) a book of Edgar Allan Poe. But more power to those who can pull it off.

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    1. I have my share of angsty high school poems, too – but they’ll never see the light of day. But I never stopped writing poetry. It’s good for those times when you see a glimpse of something and get a flash of inspiration. Thank you, Katie!

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  2. Excellent quotation from Aristotle, one that I use in my classes often. I’m in the poetry section of Comp. II right now, so my students and I are deep in it. I hope that they’re gaining an appreciation, but it’s hard to tell.

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  3. My angsty high school poems always turned out slightly humourous, and then I sort of gave up on anything but occasional humour in the poetry department. But thanks for the reminder! I think I’ll read some poetry (that I can manage :)).

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    1. Garrison Keillor’s anthology Good Poems for Hard Times is great. The poems are short and easy to comprehend… not like some incomprehensible stuff out there!

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