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    National Great Poetry Reading Day!

    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


    Last edited by PrinzeCharming; April 30th, 2016 at 10:29 PM.

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    There's a typo in Edgar Allen Poe's and Ralph Waldo Emerson's names in the above list.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amsawtell View Post
    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!

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    keat and william words worth is my favourite poet. Wordsworth is a nature poet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zebacarts View Post
    keat and william words worth is my favourite poet. Wordsworth is a nature poet.
    Do you have a favorite poem?

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    This is one of my favorite poems by William Shakespeare.

    Sonnet LXXIII

    That 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.

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    ... 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!"
    Dream big, fight hard, live proud!

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    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


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