Revive Your Love of Poetry During National Poetry Month
By Kym Gordon Moore
When was the last time you picked up a chapbook, anthology or a full collection of poetry and savored every morsel of each word? Who is your favorite poet? Maya Angelou, Robert Frost, Emily Dickinson, William Shakespeare, Langston Hughes, Oscar Wilde, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow or Pablo Neruda? Throughout the month of April, the revival of poetry appreciation is celebrated during National Poetry Month.
In 1996, the Academy of American Poets established this month-long celebration to pay homage to poets, past and present in order to strengthen the bridge for poets of the future. The academy also broadens local, state and national attention to the practice, art, heritage and increased visibility of poetry. The availability of finding any type of poetry your heart desires is not as difficult as one thinks. National Poetry Month also gives the reader and writer an opportunity to delve into the world of this genre and embrace the life of stanzas with boldness.
The elements of poetry brings about compositions and a language that many deem as eccentric. The rhythm, imagination and arrangement of words parlays the admiration, elevation, appreciation and prestige that poems deliver to literary channels of celebration. Poems are built on experiences, emotions and observations. It spans across diverse cultures, genders, creeds and dialects. Poetry can whisk you away to a different place and time through various meters, verses and stanzas.
The love of poetry far exceeds romantic and true love poems. It reaches beyond the scope of occasions like weddings, births, anniversaries and other special events. Poetry awakens one’s consciousness and epitomizes thought-provoking blossoms in the spirit of a person. People enjoy poetry because it evokes a myriad of emotions like happiness, celebrating, remembering and serenity. It tells a story in an abbreviated time frame.
When reading the style, flavor and era of poems past versus modern-day compositions, the doggerel of different voices and creativity, stimulates energy, imagery and understanding the rhythm of the poet during their time. It’s not difficult to understand why people love poetry and how they can get caught up in the moment with word theater. Read or write a poem a day and see how it can change your perspective on viewing life with love and hope in your heart.
Kym Gordon Moore, author of “Diversities of Gifts: Same Spirit” and “Wings of the Wind: A Cornucopia of Poetry” is an award winning poet, author, speaker, philanthropist, certified email marketing specialist and an authority in strategic marketing. http://www.kymgmoore.com She is the administrator of the Tea and Poetry Book Club http://www.teaandpoetrybookclub.blogspot.com/, co-founder of Favorite Things for a CAUSE and selected as one of the 2012 U.S. World Book Night Volunteer Book Givers.