April is National Poetry Month, so in addition to the other Reading Challenges I’m doing this year I decided to read some poetry. (I don’t think I’ve mentioned it before now, though, because this was a bit of a last-minute decision.)
First of all, I wanted to take the poetry books I actually own and re-read them. I also wanted to read some new up & coming poets’ works.
So far I have started re-reading Rose by Li-Young Lee, and pulled You Come Too by Robert Frost off of my bookshelf to read soon. (Since I own it, though, it will come after any library poetry books I pick up. And speaking of that…)
I have picked up Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur from the library, and will be reading that after Rose. I thought I should mix in some modern poetry with the classic stuff I currently own. And I’ll be starting more Shakespeare soon. It will be another play, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, but many sections of his plays are written in verse, so that kinda counts.
The poets.org website has 30 ideas for ways to celebrate National Poetry Month, some of which sound like things I want to do. One of them (signing up for a Poem A Day to be emailed to me) I have already done.
What about you? Are you going to do anything for National Poetry Month?
Fire and Ice
Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I’ve tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.
But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate
To say that for destruction ice
Is also great
And would suffice.
~ Robert Frost
(For reference, the post title is a song from Gilbert & Sullivan’s “The Pirates of Penzance.”)
For what, we ask, is life
Without a touch of Poetry in it?
Hail, Poetry, thou heav’n-born maid!
Thou gildest e’en the pirate’s trade.
Hail, flowing fount of sentiment!
All hail, all hail, divine emollient!