April is National Poetry Month. First created in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets, National Poetry month is, according to their website, “the largest literary celebration in the world with schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets celebrating poetry’s vital place in our culture.”
It was inspired by the successful celebrations of Black History Month (February) and Women’s History Month (March). It seeks to encourage a wider understand of and appreciation for American poetry by highlighting the extraordinary legacy and ongoing achievement of American poets, assisting teachers in bringing poetry to their classrooms, increasing media attention paid to poetry, and more.
To help get you in the mood to celebrate, we’ve collected some of our favorite poems of all time. Choose a few (or all of them!) to read out loud with friends and family. These words are meant to be shared!
- The Road Not Taken, by Robert Frost
- Still I Rise, by Maya Angelou
- The Raven, by Edgar Allan Poe
- Because I could not stop for death, by Emily Dickinson
- O Captain! My Captain!, Walt Whitman
- The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, by T. S. Eliot
- The Idea of Order at Key West, Wallace Stevens
- Mirror, by Sylvia Plath
National Poetry Month events are taking place across the nation and online. You can find out about events by following the Twitter account @POETSorg, and share your experiences using the #npm15 hashtag. Nothing taking place where you live? Their 30 Ways to Celebrate National Poetry Month is a great place to start.
Let us know how you are celebrating in the comments!Whizzco