April is National Poetry Month, a time to celebrate the unique art of poetry.
These distracting days might be the ideal time to rediscover, or even to discover, poetry. There are so many different forms of poetry: Sonnets, epics, odes, limericks, ballads, haikus, pastorals, elegies, villanelles, blank verse, free verse, rhymed, lyric, and soliliquies, to name the most enduring. (If you are interested in more detail about each form, go here to learn about them).
I studied John Keats in depth when I was about 15 (not in the U.S.!) and I always loved his Ode to a Nightingale. It’s just so melodramatic and full of angst, probably just what I was like in high school.
Here is Shakespeare’s Sonnet #116:
All of your library’s online resources have plenty of poetry for you to peruse.
Overdrive is loaded with Poetry. For example:
Teenage poets find their inspiration from the portraits of Haitian children in Haiti my country, by Rogé
How I Discovered Poetry by Madeline Nelson, a thought-provoking Civil Rights era memoir from one of America’s most celebrated poets.
Hoopla, too, has many poetry selections:
81 Famous Poems written and read by various poets.
Simply search “Poetry” in the search bar; select a title; listen or read and be inspired.
And here are three Haiku (a short form of Japanese poetry) written by our very own librarian, Susan Chajes:
Any poets out there? There is no better time than now to express yourself with poetry. Kids, Teens, Adults: if you have something to share please send your short poem to us by email – firstname.lastname@example.org. We will post a selection on our Facebook page throughout the month of April! If you are interested in writing Haiku and don’t know how, you can find the instructions here.