National Poetry Month 2018

Disclosure: this post contains affiliate links. In case you didn’t know, April was National Poetry Month in the States. This year, same as last, I decided to celebrate by posting a different poem every day on Twitter. My post collecting all of last year’s poems got a great response, so here I am again withContinue reading “National Poetry Month 2018”

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National Poetry Month Wrap-Up

April, in case you didn’t know, was National Poetry Month. I’m afraid I only remembered that on March 31, so I didn’t have time to prepare much in the way of poetry-related blog posts. So instead, I decided to tweet a poem every day in April. Here’s the full list: April 1: “The Windhover” byContinue reading “National Poetry Month Wrap-Up”

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What Makes a Poem “Good”: a Completely Unbiased Investigation

If you’ve spent any amount of time around BookTube, you probably know already who Jen Campbell is. In case you don’t, she’s an author, poet, and book blogger based in the UK. Some weeks ago, she posted a video in which she posed this question to her viewers: “What makes a poem ‘good’?” It’s an interesting question,Continue reading “What Makes a Poem “Good”: a Completely Unbiased Investigation”

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Bookish Links — September 2016

One of the many odd questions that often occurs to me while I’m reading is “How old is [insert character’s name here]?” So I was excited to find this article by an Oxford English professor explaining how he figures (Hamlet’s age. (Hint: it’s not thirty.) My other favorite article this month was this piece by Austin Allen forContinue reading “Bookish Links — September 2016”

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Top Ten Tuesday: Valentine’s Day Edition

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. With Valentine’s Day coming up this Sunday, the girls at The Broke and the Bookish decided to make this week’s “Top Ten Tuesday” a Valentine’s Day-themed free-for-all. And since I’ve been looking for an opportunity to talk about poetry anyway, I decided toContinue reading “Top Ten Tuesday: Valentine’s Day Edition”

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Bookish Links — November 2015

In honor of Marilynne Robinson’s 72nd birthday (November 26), the folks at The Englewood Review of Books put together a list of her lectures, readings, and interviews, all available (legally) online. C. S. Lewis had a birthday this month too (yesterday, in fact), which Brenton Dickieson attempted to celebrate by writing about what Lewis didContinue reading “Bookish Links — November 2015”

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Poem of the Week: “There Is No Frigate Like a Book”

When in doubt, Dickinson. “There Is No Frigate Like a Book” by Emily Dickinson There is no Frigate like a Book To take us Lands away Nor any Coursers like a Page Of prancing Poetry – This Traverse may the poorest take Without oppress of Toll – How frugal is the Chariot That bears theContinue reading “Poem of the Week: “There Is No Frigate Like a Book””

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Poem of the Week: “There’s a Certain Slant of Light”

If you’re not too sick of all the poetry talk yet, here’s a little gem by Emily Dickinson. “There’s a Certain Slant of Light” by Emily Dickinson There’s a certain Slant of light, Winter Afternoons – That oppresses, like the Heft Of Cathedral Tunes – Heavenly Hurt, it gives us – We can find noContinue reading “Poem of the Week: “There’s a Certain Slant of Light””

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Poem of the Week: “I dwell in Possibility”

“I dwell in Possibility” by Emily Dickinson I dwell in Possibility – A fairer House than Prose – More numerous of Windows Superior for Doors Of Chambers as the Cedars Impregnable of eye And for an everlasting Roof The Gambrels of the Sky Of Visitors, the fairest For Occupation, This – The spreading wide myContinue reading “Poem of the Week: “I dwell in Possibility””

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Poem of the Week: “If I Can Stop One Heart from Breaking”

Hello! Sorry this week’s poem is a little late. I was on an involuntary internet fast while our ISP screwed its head back on. But here I am, and here’s the poem. This week’s is by Emily Dickinson, who seems to be a perennial favorite around here. 😉 “If I Can Stop One Heart fromContinue reading “Poem of the Week: “If I Can Stop One Heart from Breaking””

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Poem of the Week: “On My First Son”

Another sad, sweet poem, this time by the eminent Ben Jonson. “On My First Son” by Ben Jonson Farewell, thou child of my right hand, and joy; My sin was too much hope of thee, lov’d boy. Seven years tho’ wert lent to me, and I thee pay, Exacted by thy fate, on the justContinue reading “Poem of the Week: “On My First Son””

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Poem of the Week: “The Savior Must Have Been a Docile Gentleman”

This week’s poem is by Emily Dickinson (who else would give a poem such a cumbersome title?). “The Savior Must Have Been a Docile Gentleman” by Emily Dickinson The Savior must have been A docile Gentleman— To come so far so cold a Day For little Fellowmen— The Road to Bethlehem Since He and IContinue reading “Poem of the Week: “The Savior Must Have Been a Docile Gentleman””

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