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April is #National Poetry Month – Celebrate With Some Favorites

I love poetry. I love all forms of the written word really, but one of the first pieces of my own work that I had published was a poem – it was included in an anthology when I was 11. (My actual earliest piece was a short story when I was 7, but my mother submitted that, not me!) M hates poetry – or at least claims to. She swears she hates all poems, whether they rhyme or don’t rhyme, but she loves Poe’s The Raven and Dante’s Divine Comedy – she never read Inferno to the rhythm, and I couldn’t not. It’s a source of contention and torturing each other. Anyway, I thought I’d share a few of my favorite (shorter) poems – if you like one, check out the poet for more of their works!

#National Poetry Month

Dorothy Parker

Dorothy Parker is probably one of my absolute favorite poets. She’s dry, witty, sarcastic, with a dark side – something I appreciate. At the same time, she’s less depressing than Plath. Over the years, her poems have actually kind of helped me keep things in perspective – she’s likely got a fair amount to do with why I’m single, but in the best way.

#National Poetry Month

This poem seems dark, but who hasn’t wondered why X person still exists when they just…suck soooo much!? It goes perfectly well with her Resume poem for those days when the person you hate…is yourself.

#National Poetry Month

Robert Frost

Robert Frost is a famous, traditional poet, but I love him anyway. In particular, my favorite piece by him is Fire And Ice – I myself tend towards fire emotionally, but I think we all know that, when it comes to people, ice is the far more dangerous thing to face.

Emily Dickinson

Dickinson is another of my all-time favorite poets. I did a report on her in middle school, and just fell in love with her writing. She and her writing stood out as odd and unique in her own time period, and honestly, even today she has a style that’s never been replicated. Her poems generally reflect her status as an outcast – although not necessarily in a bad way. Mostly, she seems to have found a level of peace in ignoring society’s expectations and living life as she wanted. That’s a sentiment I admire, and am working on myself.

Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou is an extraordinary writer who uses the obstacles and hardships she’s overcome, primarily the ones she encountered due to her race and gender, to write inspiring and powerful poems. If you haven’t read her work, you need to. Her most famous piece is probably I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, but her best is arguably Still I Rise (or Phenomenal Woman).

Walter D. Wintle

I don’t know…well, anything about Wintle, but I’ve heard this poem and love it enough to go looking for it. It’s really just a great reminder that things are up to you, a message that everyone can use at some point.

What are your favorite pieces of poetry? Any that really strike you as meaningful?

9 Comments

  • Shelbee on the Edge
    April 17, 2020 at 7:14 pm

    What a lovely list of wonderful poets! I have always enjoyed reading and writing poetry, but have gotten away from both over the years. Some of my favorite poems are “Cassinus and Peter” by Jonathan Swift (super funny) and “Autobiography in 5 Short Chapters” by Portia Nelson (this one is like a giant dose of reality in your face and so, so powerful). I also have always love Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, and Geoffrey Chaucer. There are many more to list, but my mind has gone blank! Thanks for sharing your favorites and linking up.

    Shelbee
    http://www.shelbeeontheedge.com

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    • admin
      April 17, 2020 at 11:14 pm

      Oh, I forgot about Portia Nelson! That is an amazing poem.

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  • Lauren
    April 21, 2020 at 5:47 pm

    What a great list of different poetry. I didn’t realise there was such a thing as poetry month! That’s great! Thank you for sharing!

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  • Miz Helen
    April 21, 2020 at 9:23 pm

    Hope you are having a great week and thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday and sure hope you will come back soon!
    Miz Helen

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  • chickenruby
    April 22, 2020 at 11:52 am

    I didn’t know there was a poetry month, it’s not something I ever read. Thank you for linking up with #pocolo hope to see you back later this week, keep safe

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  • Allyson
    April 22, 2020 at 5:18 pm

    I didn’t know this was national poem month. I wrote a poem in high school and I remember that it was really good ~lol. I cross stitched and framed my masterpiece!

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    • admin
      April 22, 2020 at 8:13 pm

      That’s a great way to preserve it!! I wrote a poem for my grandfather once and cross stitched it – I think my grandmother still has it, now that I think of it.

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  • Roseann Hampton
    April 24, 2020 at 1:01 am

    Impressive that you had your poem published at age 11! Thanks so much for sharing with us at The Blogger’s Pit Stop!

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  • Adam
    April 27, 2020 at 2:47 pm

    I like some good poetry, it’s the one thing I’ve never felt able to write myself, so I really appreciate people who have a talent for it.

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