Did you know that April is National Poetry Month?
With over 100 styles of poetry, it might feel overwhelming to actually write a poem! There are sonnets, haikus, limericks, acrostic, cinquians, couplets, and so much more! While you may be thinking, "I'm no Shakespeare!," the good news is that you don't have to be. Poems are about liberating your voice—an opportunity to provide readers with a snapshot of time. They can provide wisdom and perspective. And in response to our current situation, I have found writing and reading poetry as a way to release my fears and anxiety.
But, poems don't have to be super serious—most of my favorites are humorous poems by Jack Prelutsky and Shel Silverstein. I've been sharing some funny ones with my own children, and since many parents are now homeschooling their kids, I've found myself teaching my boys how to write acrostic poems using their names! It’s a simple activity that has turned into funny moments for us. They used such vibrant and silly adjectives to describe themselves. My one son thinks he is supernatural!
So, this National Poetry Month, I encourage you to write a poem. If you need some help, there are plenty of web resources to assist in your efforts. Most also provide lesson plans to teach poetry, as well. I suggest:
And while poetry-related programs are popular at the Free Library, many are on hold for now, while others have gone virtual! Check out the virtual offerings on our online calendar and join us for something fun from home.
Oh, and one more thing! Coming up on April 30 is Poem in your Pocket Day! On this day, you're supposed to carry your favorite poem around and share it with people throughout the day. Although things will look a little different this year, it doesn't mean that you can't still share a poem—virtually!
Get creative! We want to hear your poems! Tag us on social media and let us see what you've created! Happy National Poetry Month!