What is a poem, but a celebration of language and the written word? Poetry comes in many forms – from classical sonnets and rhyming couplets, to more modern beat and spoken word slam poetry. Regardless of its form, poetry, at its core, is about emotion, imagery, and breaking down the language and rebuilding it into something new, beautiful and emotionally resonant. April is National Poetry Month, and a great time to celebrate the art form.
Created by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, National Poetry Month was founded as a reflection and celebration of the art form and creative writers and performers. According to poets.org, the goals of National Poetry Month are to encourage reading and writing of poetry, and “highlight the extraordinary legacy and ongoing achievement of American poets.”
How can you celebrate National Poetry Month?
There are many ways to celebrate! The easiest thing to do is to take some time and read some classic and modern poetry. Here is a list of titles we have in our collection for checkout:
Another way to celebrate is to try writing your own poetry. Here are a few library resources to get you started with writing poetry:
- Slam your poetry: write a revolution, by Miles Merrill
- Singing School: learning to write (and read) poetry by studying with the masters, by Robert Pinsky
- Poetry 101: from Shakespeare and Rupi Kaur to iambic pentameter and blank verse, everything you need to know about poetry, by Susan Dalzell
Whatever form or style you prefer, poetry is a great creative outlet that can help you view and understand the world in new ways. Read and write something new during National Poetry Month!