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.
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.
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.
My teen learned about Poe by first reading The Tell-Tale Heart during Halloween season, just like I did. Every year since we've read a story or two, but we hadn't really looked at the poems as much (save for "The Raven" and "The Black Cat"), so I thought we'd check out a similar book to the Robert Frost one we'd looked at last week.
In my house, we've been reading Poetry for Young People: Robert Frost, and we've really enjoyed it. It's the perfect book for fall and going into winter if you want to study poetry, and the illustrations are lovely. Each poem has its own page or two-page spread, which I really appreciate since a lot of poetry books cram them together. That's fine for older readers but we all appreciate a bit of space and beauty, and this makes it more accessible for kids.
The Atlantic has been showcasing different authors and their favorite passages found in literature, highlighting many different points of view and moving, and even funny, pieces we can all enjoy. Jami Attenberg not only shared a poem with the series, but a poem about how important isolation can be when it comes to writing.
Last week we talked a bit about Sylvia Plath, so I thought I'd bring up Poe. It feels like a good time of year to talk Poe, right? Dark and brooding, his stuff is a lot like November, and I'm such a sucker for it that I have a raven tattoo on my wrist. That said, he married his teen cousin, which is really hard to get past today.
When I saw this piece about the seven most essential poems by Sylvia Plath, I thought I'd share it with poetry readers and get your thoughts. I used to love reading Plath as a teen, as many teens do, and confess that I really haven't put much thought into it as an adult. When I revisit works like The Bell Jar I'm more annoyed than touched, even though the message is still clear; I suppose as a mom who simultaneously empathizes with Plath yet disdains many of her complaints it makes me feel ambivalent.
Now that Halloween season is upon us, it's time for some spooky poetry! The subject of poetry is spooky by its own nature, and there is no shortage of scary or disturbing poems to enjoy in the world. That doesn't mean that more don't need to be written; in fact, creating your own spooky poem is a great way to celebrate the season.
If you're a fan of the book Free Range Learning, you already know a bit about Laura Grace Weldon. It's one of my favorite books about learning and unschooling/homeschooling in general, and it's a great read for any parent. If you don't already follow her blog, it's another wonderful resource that we've used many times over the years for fun learning ideas, often of the whimsical and even silly variety. Do any of them and you're bound to make memories.