Tomorrow, January 25th, is the anniversary of the birth of Robert Burns, widely recognized as Scotland's national poet. Burns was born in Ayrshire, Scotland in 1759. His father was a tenant farmer, and Burns' early life was one of poverty and hardship. Though he had little regular schooling, Burns wrote original poems and songs, and he also collected many folk songs of Scotland. Some of his best known works are Auld Lang Syne, Scots Wha Hae, A Man's A Man for A' That, To
Emily Dickinson was born in 1830, and died in 1886. Emily was one of the most prolific poets in our country. She wrote nearly 1800 poems. Emily lived her life at the family home in Amherst, Mass. She rarely left her father's house and grounds during her whole life, and rarely saw other people besides members of her immediate family. Her father gave her permission to write late at night in her upstairs bedroom when the rest of the household was quiet and asleep. Her poems were about love, death, art, grief, and gardens. Did you know that very fe
You can celebrate National Poetry Month by participating in "Poem In Your Pocket Day" on Thursday, April 14, 2011. "Poem in Your Pocket Day" started in New York City in 2002. Each year, city parks, bookstores, workplaces, and other venues share poems from poet’s pockets.
Find yourself in need of something Poetry? Related possibly to words and maybe sent— enced to a far off—world of dreams that swim and swirl All through the air and to your ears, where maybe There those words will find that you weren’t Needing them, but they in dire need of you, To rescue them from the air, for once they’re stately said They do float ‘til caught by an ear.
April is Poetry Month, so what better time than now to try, once again, to unravel the mystery surrounding the beautiful poems. There are so many wonderful poets to choose from. Where do you start? How can you find something that makes sense?
If the names Andrea Gibson, Buddy Wakefield, Sarah Kay, Alix Olsen, and Saul Williams mean nothing to you now, hopefully they will by the end of this blog. The common thread between all of these individuals is that they're spoken word artists--slam poets.