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National Poetry Month

The Rainy Day

The day is cold, and dark, and dreary;
It rains, and the wind is never weary;
The vine still clings to the mouldering wall,
But at every gust the dead leaves fall,
And the day is dark and dreary.

My life is cold, and dark, and dreary;
It rains, and the wind is never weary;
My thoughts still cling to the mouldering past,
But the hopes of youth fall thick in the blast,
And days are dark and dreary.

Be still, sad heart, and cease repigning;
Behind the clouds is the sun still shining;
Thy fate is the common fate of all,
Into each life some rain must fall,
Some days must be dark and dreary.

Henry Wadsworth Longellow

Those who love poetry know that it can definitely stir emotions! Since April is National Poetry Month, I wanted to share a few ways to enjoy poetry on your own or with your family.

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Want to learn about contemporary poetry? The Academy of American Poets provides a free service called Poem-a-Day. If you subscribe, you will receive a new poem in your inbox each day. Plus, the poems will often come with commentary from the author and on weekends, the academy features classic poetry. Interested? Check it out here!

Shel Silverstein

If you aren’t familiar with poetry, let alone a big fan of it, try reading Shel Silverstein’s poetry. His poems are fun and funny! It’s a great way to start out.

The Idaho Falls Public Library has a number of Shel Silverstein books available for you to check out … (show me the Silverstein!)

Classic Poetry

Looking for a few poetry classics, but don’t know where to start? Try one of these. Click on the poet’s name to learn more about the person, or click on the “Find at the library” link to search for books at the library:

You can meet even more poets on the Poetry Foundation website. Search by topic, by poet, or even by season. This is a great way to dive into poetry and try something new!

Write a Poem

Or you could try writing your own poetry. Putting your feelings on paper can be a fun experience. For a simple writing exercise (for adults and kids), write a Diamante poem
( Learn to write a Diamante poem).

Gentle, Sleepy
Purring, Meowing, Scratching
Whiskers, Fur, Collar, Leash
Barking, Licking, Digging
Slobbery, Playful


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April 18th, 2017|