Wednesday April 5, 2006

April is Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month. The website,, will have something new each day, including the Poem-a-Day (subscribe by email) and "Life Lines":
We each carry lines of poetry with us. Words that others have written float back to us and stay with us, indelibly. We clutch these "Life Lines" like totems, repeat them as mantras, and summon them for comfort and laughter. ...

The Academy of American Poets is now asking poets and readers to share the lines most vital to them, along with notes about the precise situation that summoned them to mind. A selection of the lines collected will be published on throughout the year.

[ Life / Lines ]

Why was April chosen for National Poetry Month?

With input from booksellers, librarians, poets, and teachers, the [Academy of American Poets] chose a month during the school year so that schools and students could participate fully. ... Also, there are many wonderful poetic references to April:

T. S. Eliot wrote, "April is the cruelest month." It is our hope that National Poetry Month lessens that effect.

On a lighter note, Chaucer wrote:

Whan that April with his showres soote
The droughte of March hath perced to the roote,
And bathed every veine in swich licour,
Of which vertu engendred is the flowr

Finally, Edna St. Vincent Millay asked, "To what purpose, April, do you return again?" For National Poetry Month, of course!

[ From the National Poetry Month FAQ ]

For your amusement and edification, take a look at the set of "Poems showing the absurdities of English spelling", posted at the Spelling Simplified Society. Hmmm.

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