Poetry for Young People: Emily Dickinson

An easygoing introduction to the poet

My kid and I have been making our way through the Poetry for Young People series, getting to know various poets by immersing ourselves into their work. This week we're reading Emily Dickinson's collection, which is much simpler than some of the others.

The art in Poetry for Young People: Emily Dickinson is fairly stark, not taking up full pages like Rober Frost's. This works really well for the style of her poetry. The lack of titles on each poem is another big difference. My kiddo likes how larger vocabulary words are defined at the bottom of each page, too.

What poetry books are you reading this week?

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Best Poems About Spring

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You might compare someone to a summer's day, but hope springs eternal... or something like that. Doesn't it seem like most seasonal poems are written about springtime? I suppose it's no wonder, since spring often means relief to many people from winter doldrums. It really is one of the most beautiful times of the year, and given how many people used to get married in the spring/early summer, it's also prime season for love poems.

From Wordsworth's "Lines Written in Early Spring" to Gerald Manley Hopkins' "Spring," there is no shortage of spring poems to choose from if you're doing a spring unit. There are plenty to compare and contrast, although I'd argue that springtime poems probably have the most similarities of any poems.

What do you think? What are your favorite poems about springtime? Why? Which ones are not to be missed?

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Daily Poetry Warm-Ups

A lovely introduction to poetry

Recently I was given a copy of Daily Warm Ups: Poetry by Shari Goldberg and my kiddo and I are loving this fun introduction to poetry. It's filled with not only snippets of poems to analyze but also creative writing assignments, many of which include some doodling to keep it interesting. 

One of my favorite exercises so far was to simply write the opposite of words like singing, writing and wall. It's a fun challenge to the way you normally think! Even though it doesn't involve actually writing poems, it gets your mind where it needs to be when you want to create.

What daily poetry books do you enjoy? Share them here in the chat.

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Daily Poetry Warm-Ups

A lovely introduction to poetry

Recently I was given a copy of Daily Warm Ups: Poetry by Shari Goldberg and my kiddo and I are loving this fun introduction to poetry. It's filled with not only snippets of poems to analyze but also creative writing assignments, many of which include some doodling to keep it interesting. 

One of my favorite exercises so far was to simply write the opposite of words like singing, writing and wall. It's a fun challenge to the way you normally think! Even though it doesn't involve actually writing poems, it gets your mind where it needs to be when you want to create.

What daily poetry books do you enjoy? Share them here in the chat.

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Writing Poems For Valentine's Day

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Sharing poetry is a wonderful way to celebrate Valentine's Day, but sometimes you need a little help to get the creative battery charged. Even if you're writing for someone you know well, it can still be overwhelming somtimes.

This list of tips has some great ideas to help get you started. The most important one is to always write from the heart. As long as you're making it as personal as possible and speaking your truth, it's going to be much more meaningful than any other poem.

Include personal stories, memories and features about the person that you love. Make it your goal to show them how known, seen and loved they are.

What tips do you have for writing great Valentine's Day poetry? Share them in the chat.

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Your First Visceral Reaction to Poetry

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Do you remember the first time a poem just got you in the gut? How about the first time that imagery spoke to you and you were able to suss out the meaning by yourself? Those kinds of memories stay with us forever.

Earlier today I was watching a really great SLAM poet, and I wish I could find her link to share, but the way I felt about her words made me remember how deeply I felt about many poems over the years. I can still remember the sting of my eyes when I teared up over Robert Frost's "After Apple Picking" once I realized what had happened, or the way I gasped when I realized what Tennyson's "Home They Brought Her Warrior Dead" meant.

What was your first big reaction to a poem? Do you remember? Share it with us in the chat.

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Poetry Books for Valentine's Day

What books would you give the love of your life?

There have to be tens of thousands of books that would be perfect for gift-giving when it comes to Valentine's Day, particularly of the poetic variety; the question is, which ones would make the best gifts? 

This list has a great variety to choose from, including various anthologies and collections by Hafez and Carol Ann Duffy. Here are a bunch more, including some glorious Neruda and Faudet. From the racy to the classic, there's something here for anyone who enjoys poetry, no matter the stage of your relationship.

What poetry will you be giving someone for Valentine's Day this year? Share it in the chat.

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Local Poetry Slams

Share yours!

Do you have a local poetry slam or other poetry reading or event that you'd like to share? Be sure to post it here at Poetry Talk for other poetry lovers to enjoy!

One particularly special poetry slam is happening to help prison inmates express themselves and engage in art and healing. It's at Lincoln Correctional Center and the recreation manager says that it's one of the programs that actually does help people. The eight-week program doesn't only foster a creative outlet but it also showcases the talents of people who are incarcerated.

Do you have a similar program where you live or any other slams going on? Share them with us in the chat.

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The Bad Habits Of Poets

What's the worst that you've heard?

As a poet, I can confirm that I am a deeply flawed individual with plenty of bad habits. We tend to think of poets as these enlightened beings who know the secrets of life but in reality, they are just as human as the rest of us.

My teen is reading about Robert Frost. They came at me, agahst, telling me about how he would crumple up his students' writing and toss it in the garbage if it wasn't any good, but the students still adored him. Yeah, I'd have to agree that this wouldn't impress me, both as a teacher and a student.

So what are the worst habits or even strange behaviors you've read about regarding your favorite poets? Share them in the chat.

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Steamy Poems For Valentine's Day

Poetry is one of the best ways to celebrate!

Whether you've got a hot date or you're your own date this Valentine's Day, you might want to get into a romantic mood with some steamy poems. Cosmopolitan has compiled a list of some of the most fan-yourself poems written by classic poets like Emily Dickinson and Adrienne Rich. Snippets of poems are provided but you can always look up more once you know who to look for.

You can always write your own poetry to give as a gift or enjoy on your own, of course. It's not difficult, but there are some tried and true steps you can start with if you need a place to begin.

What are the most romantic poems you've ever read or written? Share them with us in the chat.

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