Celebrate National Poetry Month with the LRC! Established by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, NPM serves to “widen the attention of individuals and the media—to the art of poetry, to living poets, to our complex poetic heritage, and to poetry books and journals of wide aesthetic range and concern…[and] to increase the visibility and availability of poetry in popular culture while acknowledging and celebrating poetry’s ability to sustain itself in the many places where it is practiced and appreciated.” Sound interesting? This month the LRC joins in the fun with poetry-themed blog features, displays and posts to our social media sites.
Bill Kinyon: “I can’t really explain why I like these poems…I just do.”
- Jabberwocky (Lewis Carroll)
- The Rime of the Ancient Mariner (Samuel Taylor Coleridge)
- Do Not Go Gentle into that Good Night (Dylan Thomas)
- Paul Revere’s Ride (Henry Wadsworth Longfellow)
- Long, Long Hence (Walt Whitman)
- If you were coming in the fall (Emily Dickinson)
- Hope is the thing without feathers (Dickinson)
- If I can stop (Dickinson)
- For the Sake of A Single Poem (Rainer Maria Rilke)-It’s prose, not poetry, and is actually an excerpt from his Notebooks but it still is quite topical and lyrical
- When I Heard the Learn’d Astronomer (Whitman)-At the risk of dating myself I liked this back in college many, many years before it appeared in Breaking Bad!
- The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock (T.S. Eliot)
Poetry meets Art:
Take a look at two different forms of expression as they tackle the same subject matter! W.H. Auden’s poem Musee de Beaux Arts and Brughel’s famous painting, The Fall of Icarus.
Do you have a favorite poem or poet? Drop us a comment and let us know!