Homework Help: National Poetry Month

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Poetry Month poster 2015 by Roz ChastApril is National Poetry Month, a time to remember the importance of poetry in our culture and our lives.

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Recommended Websites

  • Poets.org – Browse thousands of biographies of poets as well as poems, essays about poetry and more. The host of this site, the Academy of American Poets, administers a wide variety of programs, including National Poetry Month (April), the largest literary celebration in the world and free educational materials for high school teachers.
  • Library of Congress Poetry Resources – Covers resources at the Library of Congress, including webcasts, digital collections, exhibitions, learning materials, and other features. Also provides links to guides to finding a poem, locating poetry criticism, official state poems, poets laureate, and more. History buffs will want to look at the section on Civil War poetry, which features poets like Walt Whitman, Henry Timrod (a/k/a the “Laureate of the Confederacy”) and Herman Melville.
  • Writing About Poetry – Purdue’s Online Writing Lab (OWL) covers the basics on how to write a clear, confident, well-supported essay about poetry.
  • EDSITEment, a website of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), celebrates National Poetry Month each year with featured lessons and activities for use in the classroom.
  • Scholastic.com’s Teachers  – Features an interactive poetry-making machine and inspirational activities for the budding poets in your classroom.
  • The Poetry Foundation – Publisher of Poetry magazine, the Poetry Foundation “works to raise poetry to a more visible and influential position in American culture.” Listen to the poem of the day or check out the poetry programs for children (recommended reads, activities and tips on introducing poetry to children).

If you’re looking for resources at the library, check out our resources under the subject headings poetry and poets or simply browse through the 808.1 area in the non-fiction section. For children, there are hundreds of titles that will help introduce the younger set to the joys of poetry, or stop by the children’s reference desk for ideas and recommendations.

Alison, Electronic Resources Librarian, Warrenton central branch

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