Poetry, is a highly underappreciated type of literature, often overlooked by readers. April, however, is the perfect time to push your literary boundaries and branch out into the expansive world of poetry. National poetry month began back in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets. Teachers, librarians, poets, publishers, and others involved in literature met at a conference to discuss how to raise more awareness of poetry. After the success of other movements upon the creation of a national holiday, national poetry month was born. Whether you are interested in just reading poetry or creating stanzas of your own, poetry is finally receiving the appreciation it deserves.
If you are interested in writing poetry of your own here are some beginner’s tips:
- Try reading a variety of poetry.
- Designate a special notebook to write your poetry.
- Expand your vocabulary.
- Stay away from clichés.
- Use the internet! Find some interesting poetry prompts.
- Don’t strive for perfection. Every poem will not be perfect!
If you are interested in reading more poetry, I complied a diverse selection of poetry that might become your new favorite.
Milk and Honey, Rupi Kaur
A Light in the Attic, Shel Silverstein
A Boy’s Will, Robert Frost
The Black Unicorn: Poems, Audre Lorde
The Collected Poems, Sylvia Plath