Showing posts with label poetry basics. Show all posts
Showing posts with label poetry basics. Show all posts

Monday, April 21, 2014

What Rhymes With National Poetry Month?

April’s National Poetry Month celebration is the perfect opportunity to get your kids, your family, and yourself enthused about poetry. National Poetry Month exists to celebrate the art and history of poetry – to introduce generations to poets and poetry. To help you make the most of it, we offer these eight tips to enrich your life with poetry and change the way your family thinks about poetry.

Why should I care about poetry?

Poetry is found throughout the written history of humankind – an omnipresent representation of our thoughts and feelings. In the words of author Amy Lowell (Poetry and Poets: Essays), “Without poetry the soul and heart of man starves and dies … It is the height and quintessence of emotion, of every sort of emotion. But it is always somebody feeling something at white heat, and it is as vital as the description of a battle would be, told by a soldier who had been in it.”
Poets gives us new eyes – a way to experience life in ways we might otherwise overlook.  Sometimes, in the art of the poet’s expression, you’ll find your own heart and soul. Poets can take an otherwise drab day and add color, shade, and shadow. Through the words of a poet, you can awaken your senses.
Are you ready for this? Then take advantage of the following.

Top eight ways to celebrate national poetry month

Here are our favorite 10 tips for infusing your life with poetry. Need more, check out

  1.  Add a poem to your e-mail signature.  Educate and inspire your coworkers or friends by adding a short poem (or a short passage from a longer poem that has value on its own) to your mail program’s e-mail signature. Consider using a Haiku, Tanka, Diamonte, or Cinquain – all short for easy consumption.  Learn about all four of these short poetry forms here.
  2. Write a poem. If you have any creative leanings, now’s the time to add your own wisdom, humor, or feelings to the body of poetry in this world. If you’re not sure how to get started, find guidance and encouragement at On Writing  on the site.
  3. Read a nightly poem as a family. Either as an after-dinner reading or a bedtime reading, make the month special by sharing poetry as a family.  Need a great poetry for children resource? Try children’s author Kenn Nesbitt’s website Poetry4kids – a  big collection of funny poems and classic children's poetry. To get you started, here’s a poem kids will enjoy: I Love to Do the Laundry.
  4. Create poetry with your children. Make Poetry Month unforgettable for your family by teaching them some poetry basics. Encourage them to write about their feelings or observations, whether or not they rhyme. Teach them about rhyming. To get started, check out Giggle Poetry, a site filled with poetry contests,  games, and ideas for teaching poetry to kids.
  5. Hold a poetry lunch at work. Invite your fellow workers to join you for a poetry picnic to honor National Poetry Month. Make the announcement far enough in advance to give attendees a chance to locate a favorite poem to share with the group.
  6. Revisit an old favorite. If you have a favorite poem from your past, make sure you read it again this month.
  7. Listen to poetry on your commute. If you are an aural learner, you can get audio books of poetry from various online or local resources. With poetry, listening to an aloud reading can reveal qualities hidden in its melody, rhythm, or alliterative qualities that you might otherwise miss. Plus, many downloadable readings are done by the poem’s author – a special treat!
  8. Try a new poem daily. makes this easy; simply subscribe to their Poem a Day e-mail delivery.

For more poetry exploration, explore The Poetry Foundation website, which not only has featured poems from back issues of the literary journal Poetry but also highlights the inspiring work of 250-plus poets.

Ric Moxley
Contributing Writer