View Full Version : National Great Poetry Reading Day!

April 28th, 2016, 05:14 AM

As we finally conclude the month of April, I want to put all the emphasis on today. Today, April 28th, marks the observation and celebration of great poetry and the poets behind the work. I want to personally thank all of you who have participated throughout the NaPoWriMo challenge. Please take a moment to reflect on your own hard work over the last four weeks. Is there something you can admire? Is there something you can change about your writing?


Take a moment to discover new poets that you have never discovered. Challenge yourself by reading over fifty different types of poetry forms today. Try to make a list of your favorite poets for every form.


When you discover a new poem, write how it inspires you through a poem of your own. Challenge yourself to connect the way the poet does within their work. Who are your favorite poets? Have you discovered anyone new lately?


Celebrate the following today!

William Wordsworth
Edgar Allan Poe

Emily Dickinson
Sarojini Naidu

William Shakespeare
John Donne

Maya Angelou
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Langston Hughes
Nikki Giovanni

Robert Frost
John Keats

Walt Whitman
Raymond Carver

Rabindranath Tagore
Mark Twain

Shel Silverstein
Thomas Hardy

William Blake
Anne Sexton

Pablo Neruda
Lewis Carroll

Sylvia Plath
Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Edward Estlin (E.E.) Cummings
Gary Soto

William Butler Yeats
Carl Sandburg

Tupac Shakur
Alexander Pushkin

Oscar Wilde
Gwendolyn Brooks

Rudyard Kipling
Henry David Thoreau

Sandra Cisneros
George (Lord) Byron

Alfred Lord Tennyson
Spike Milligan

Alice Walker
Margaret Atwood

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Muhammad Ali

Billy Collins
Roger McGough

Carol Ann Duffy
Sara Teasdale

Christina Rossetti
Jane Austen

Charles Bukowski
Allen Ginsberg


April 30th, 2016, 06:44 PM
There's a typo in Edgar Allen Poe's and Ralph Waldo Emerson's names in the above list.

April 30th, 2016, 10:31 PM
There's a typo in Edgar Allen Poe's and Ralph Waldo Emerson's names in the above list.

Thanks! I was typing this quick and late at night. Glad someone caught it!

May 1st, 2016, 12:31 AM
Looks like a good list.

May 3rd, 2016, 08:44 AM
keat and william words worth is my favourite poet. Wordsworth is a nature poet.

May 3rd, 2016, 03:56 PM
keat and william words worth is my favourite poet. Wordsworth is a nature poet.

Do you have a favorite poem? :)

May 4th, 2016, 02:37 AM
This is one of my favorite poems by William Shakespeare.

Sonnet LXXIIIThat time of year thou mayst in me behold
When yellow leaves, or none, or few, do hang
Upon those boughs which shake against the cold,
Bare ruined choirs, where late the sweet birds sang.
In me thou see'st the twilight of such day
As after sunset fadeth in the west;
Which by and by black night doth take away,
Death's second self, that seals up all in rest.
In me thou see'st the glowing of such fire,
That on the ashes of his youth doth lie,
As the death-bed, whereon it must expire,
Consumed with that which it was nourish'd by.
This thou perceiv'st, which makes thy love more strong,
To love that well, which thou must leave ere long.

May 4th, 2016, 03:20 AM
... amongst my favorites ....

by Rudyard Kipling

It is always a temptation to an armed and agile nation
To call upon a neighbour and to say: --
"We invaded you last night--we are quite prepared to fight,
Unless you pay us cash to go away."

And that is called asking for Dane-geld,
And the people who ask it explain
That you've only to pay 'em the Dane-geld
And then you'll get rid of the Dane!

It is always a temptation for a rich and lazy nation,
To puff and look important and to say: --
"Though we know we should defeat you, we have not the time to meet you.
We will therefore pay you cash to go away."

And that is called paying the Dane-geld;
But we've proved it again and again,
That if once you have paid him the Dane-geld
You never get rid of the Dane.

It is wrong to put temptation in the path of any nation,
For fear they should succumb and go astray;
So when you are requested to pay up or be molested,
You will find it better policy to say: --

"We never pay any-one Dane-geld,
No matter how trifling the cost;
For the end of that game is oppression and shame,
And the nation that pays it is lost!"

May 6th, 2016, 02:45 AM
Buddha In Glory

Center of all centers, core of cores, 

almond self-enclosed, and growing sweet-- 

all this universe, to the furthest stars 

all beyond them, is your flesh, your fruit. 

Now you feel how nothing clings to you; 

your vast shell reaches into endless space, 

and there the rich, thick fluids rise and flow. 

Illuminated in your infinite peace, 

a billion stars go spinning through the night, 

blazing high above your head. 

But in you is the presence that 
will be,
when all the stars are dead.

by Rainer Maria Rilke