Saturday, April 2, 2011

April is National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month. Celebrate the written and spoken word with the following resources...

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Recommended Websites
  • Library of Congress Poetry Resources - Covers resources at the Library of Congress, including webcasts, digital collections, exhibitions, learning materials, and other features. Also provides links to guides to finding a poem, locating poetry criticism, official state poems, poets laureate, and more. History buffs will want to look at the section on Civil War poetry, which features poets like Walt Whitman, Henry Timrod (a/k/a the "Laureate of the Confederacy") and Herman Melville.
  • Writing About Poetry - Purdue's Online Writing Lab (OWL) covers the basics on how to write a clear, confident, well-supported essay about poetry.
  • Celebrate World Poetry - EDSITEment, a website of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), focuses on the different poetic forms developed across time and around the world.
  •'s Teacher Site - Features an interactive poetry-making machine and inspirational activities for the budding poets in your classroom.
  • - The host of this site, the Academy of American Poets, administers a wide variety of programs, including National Poetry Month (April), the largest literary celebration in the world; online educational resources providing free poetry lesson plans for high school teachers; and the Poetry Audio Archive, a collection of over 700 recordings dating back to the 1960s. The website provides a wealth of content on contemporary American poetry.
  • The Poetry Foundation - Publisher of Poetry magazine, the Poetry Foundation "works to raise poetry to a more visible and influential position in American culture." Use their Poetry Tool to look up poems by poet, category, occasion, title, first line or by glossary term. Listen to the poem of the day, peruse the reading guides and check out the poetry programs for children (recommended reads, activities and tips on introducing poetry to children).
  • PBS NewsHour Extra: Poetry - Along with in-depth profiles of contemporary poets and poetry, features short video documentaries of Americans reading their favorite poems.
Visit Your Library

If you're looking for resources at the library, check out our resources under the subject headings poetry and poets or simply browse through the 808.1 area in the non-fiction section. For children, there are hundreds of titles that will help introduce the younger set to the joys of poetry.

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