Here is What You Need to Know about National Poetry Month

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National Poetry Month is a literary celebration to raise awareness and appreciation of poetry in America. It was started to celebrate in April 1996 by Academy of American Poets and it is one of the most common literary celebrations throughout the world. April is also the month which Shakespeare was born and died.

Academy of American poets has a website serving as a center for the event; poets.org. The organization offers free sources and activities to celebrate the poetry month during April.

Click here to find out 30 ways of celebrating Poetry Month.

For the sake of Poetry Month, we listed some of the best poems of all time for you. Happy Poetry Month!

7) THINKING OF YOU by Nazim Hikmet Ran (Translated from Turkish)

Thinking of you is pretty, hopeful, 
It is like listening to the most beautiful song 
From the most beautiful voice on earth… 
But hope is not enough for me anymore, 
I don’t want to listen to songs anymore, 
I want to sing.

6) WIFE TO HUSBAND by Christina Rossetti

Pardon the faults in me,
For the love of years ago:
Good-bye.
I must drift across the sea,
I must sink into the snow,
I must die.

You can bask in this sun,
You can drink wine, and eat:
Good-bye.
I must gird myself and run,
Though with unready feet:
I must die.

Blank sea to sail upon,
Cold bed to sleep in:
Good-bye.
While you clasp, I must be gone
For all your weeping:
I must die.

A kiss for one friend,
And a word for two,-
Good-bye:-
A lock that you must send,
A kindness you must do:
I must die.

Not a word for you,
Not a lock or kiss,
Good-bye.
We, one, must part in two;
Verily death is this:
I must die.

5) LOVE AND FRIENDSHIP by Emily Bronte

Love is like the wild rose-briar,
Friendship like the holly-tree
The holly is dark when the rose-briar blooms
But which will bloom most constantly?

The wild-rose briar is sweet in the spring,
Its summer blossoms scent the air;
Yet wait till winter comes again
And who will call the wild-briar fair?

Then scorn the silly rose-wreath now
And deck thee with the holly’s sheen,
That when December blights thy brow
He may still leave thy garland green.

4) A DREAM WITHIN A DREAM by Edgar Allan Poe

Take this kiss upon the brow!
And, in parting from you now,
Thus much let me avow–
You are not wrong, who deem
That my days have been a dream;
Yet if hope has flown away
In a night, or in a day,
In a vision, or in none,
Is it therefore the less gone?
All that we see or seem
Is but a dream within a dream.

I stand amid the roar
Of a surf-tormented shore,
And I hold within my hand
Grains of the golden sand–
How few! yet how they creep
Through my fingers to the deep,
While I weep–while I weep!
O God! can I not grasp
Them with a tighter clasp?
O God! can I not save
One from the pitiless wave?
Is all that we see or seem
But a dream within a dream?

3) WONDER by Ibn Arabi

My heart can take on any form:
A meadow for gazelles,
A cloister for monks,
For the idols, sacred ground,
Ka’ba for the circling pilgrim,
The tables of the Torah,
The scrolls of the Quran.

My creed is Love;
Wherever its caravan turns along the way,
That is my belief,
My faith.

 

2) DEAD EVERY ENORMOUS PEACE by E.E. Cummings

dead every enormous piece
of nonsense which itself must call
a state submicroscopic is-
compared with pitying terrible
some alive individual

ten centuries of original soon
or make it ten times ten are more
than not entitled to complain
-plunged in eternal now if who’re
by the five nevers of a lear

1) SILVIA by Shakespeare

WHO is Silvia? What is she?
That all our swains commend her?
Holy, fair, and wise is she;
The heaven such grace did lend her,
That she might admired be.

Is she kind as she is fair?
For beauty lives with kindness:
Love doth to her eyes repair,
To help him of his blindness;
And, being help’d, inhabits there.

Then to Silvia let us sing,
That Silvia is excelling;
She excels each mortal thing
Upon the dull earth dwelling:
To her let us garlands bring.

 

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