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Thursday, April 12, 2012

April is National Poetry Month

Inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, National Poetry Month is held every April to celebrate the art of poetry.

Take a Reading Challenge: Set a goal to read one poem a day for the remainder of the month. Many poems are available online for free. Revisit the works of one of the "Great Romantics" such as Lord Byron, Percy Bysshe Shelley, or John Keats. Indulge in American poetry from the masters- Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson- or a more contemporary/modern poet- e. e. cummings, Maya Angelou, Langston Hughes.

Learn more about National Poetry Month or search for poems via author or theme to discover new poets at You may just find the inspiration you need to write your own poem and share it with others on your social networking sites.

There are also many movies that prominently feature poetry such as The Dead Poets Society in which Robin Williams portrays an English teacher who inspires students to love poetry or my personal favorite, Bright Star, which is based on the life of poet John Keats.

What are you waiting for?
Carpe Diem and Discover Poetry!


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