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Poetry from a Distance: Home

Born in April, 2020, this guide is intended to give information and solace to those who love poetry, and those new to poetry.
People discover - or re-discover - poetry 
in difficult times. Two organizations, American 
Academy of Poets and The Poetry
Foundation, have curated poems 
to read and share  with calls 
to stay indoors during this challenging global 
pandemic. And a former U.S. Poet Laureate's 
podcast keeps it real.

Poetry 101

William Blake - The Ancient Bard - from "Songs of Innocence and Experience" & Complete Text, Project Gutenberg


William Blake, 1757-1827, was an accomplished poet, and a spiritual rebel who claimed to speak with angels. However, he was first a master engraver, who  illustrated his own poems, as well as manuscripts by such authors as Mary Wollstonecraft and Dante Alighieri.

 

SSPL Webcast: Poets Talk Poetry

How SSPL Celebrated National Poetry Month, April 2020

SSPL is celebrating Poetry Month, April 2020 on Facebook, offering weekly staff readings of poems.  Shared here is a staff reading of “Hope is the Thing With Feathers” by Emily Dickinson. Also posted: some links to other poems you will hear staff sharing.

The Roots of Poetry

Image from Library of Congress –

The American Folklife Center –

​Literatura de Cordel – Brazilian Chapbook Collection: 

“The Romance of the Mysterious Peacock”

Poetry, as an oral art and means of communication, pre-dates written language.  In cultures worldwide, committing words to memory has been a way to pass down a peoples’ history.  Poets were the early bringers of news to the provinces.  Bards in Celtic countries might have been harp-toting singers as well as historians - and often included women.  The Brazilian writers of Cordels - hand-made books containing art, news and stories – are said to have their roots in the tradition of the troubadours of Europe.  The Griot tradition of of West Africa informs contemporary African American poetry.  And in literature from Homer to Shakespeare, the figure of the poet was often revered and protected.  In The Odyssey, Ulysses tells his warring men to spare the poet’s life; In King Lear, the rhyming clown was that monarch’s chief confidant.

Envelopes of Air: Ada Limon and Natalie Diaz Correspond in Poems

Poetry Archives Online

Teach Poetry!

Poetry Podcasts and Video Series

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