Tuesday, April 5, 2016

The Poetry Tag

When I saw the Hamlette was hosting a poetry month, I though that was so cool! And here's the tag, which is like my favorite part of all blog celebrations, but you already knew that. Be sure to go check out her awesome giveaway and posts throughout this month!

I'm just gonna start this out by saying that I didn't like poetry for a long time. I thought it was boring, and I didn't like having to look for a meaning and read with expression, and not just enjoy the words at face value.  Which I feel is a perfectly acceptable attitude for a fifth grader... I only really liked the "story" poems of poets like Longfellow because they rhymed and bounced and told awesome stories and generally had an interesting purpose. Then, as I got older I began to appreciate the deeper meaning of the words and the poetic language used, and just how much poetry makes me think! I've also come to love slam poetry, thanks to some of my very talented blogger friends! Just the fact that written/spoken words can convey so much emotion is amazing to me! 

By Grant Wood

What are some poems you like? I've dragged out my old literature books for this one :D Probably my first poem love was The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere that I actually started memorizing for fun. It's a rollicking good ride with Paul Revere through the countryside (I'M A POET AND THIS IS A POETRY TAG)! And it mentions my birthday, "The eighteenth of April". It's just really, really, really fun to bounce around with!

Some more are America for Me by Henry Van Dyke, The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe (because Nevermore), We Never Know How High We Are by Emily Dickinson, I'm Nobody Who Are You also by Dickinson Antony's Speech on the Death of Caesar by Shakespeare, Lochinvar by Sir Walter Scott, and the A Tutor Who Tooted a Flute limerick because I'm very, very mature... 

Also, just watch this if you love or hate Shakespeare:

Are there any poets whose work you especially enjoy?  If so, who are they? Longfellow because he tells stories, has bounce, and is pretty simple. Tennyson because his work just always, always speak to me. I also really enjoy Emily Dickinson's poems because they pack so much into so little.

Me as an elementary schooler trying to write poems
Do you write poetry? Aside from school-assigned haikus and such not really. (True story: a video class kid used the word refrigerator in a haiku. Also, my real-life classmate just wrote a pretend haiku for a deceased person and included the phrase "Who gets her stuff?") I wrote a slam poem a few months ago. Well, sort of. I don't really like reading things out loud like slam poetry is supposed to be done, so it's like a silent slam poem if that's a thing. I definitely plan on writing more because it's just a really helpful way of getting all my thoughts on paper.

Do you prefer poetry that rhymes and had a strict meter, or free verse?  Or do you like both? Over the years, I've come to appreciate both, especially slam poetry, but I always love rhyme!

Do you have any particular poetry movements you're fond of?  (Beat poets, Romanticism, Fireside poets, etc?) As seen by my love of Longfellow, I love, love, love the Fireside poets! They tell stories and just so. much. love. to my boys the Fireside Poets! (That totally wasn't creepy...)

What are some poems you dislike? Early English poetry is always a little off-putting. The same with early American, even though it's years later than early English poetry. Oddly enough, I like a lot of English poems from the early American era. Also, Wordsworth is sometimes a-lot-of-times lost on me. And sometimes I don't really connect with blank verse.

Have you ever memorized a poem? Yes. Welcome to ABeka spelling and vocab... Actually, most of my real-life teachers have only enforced the poetry for the first half of the year, if that. The video teachers however... Written poem quizzes, really? -__- Also, my weird memory can actually remember most of them, if you get me started! I've memorized most of my favorite poems, although some of them are only favorites because I can recite them. For example, O Captain! My Captain! is fun just because it's fun to tragically recite "But O heart! heart! heart! // O the bleeding drops of red, // Where on the deck my Captain lies, // Fallen cold and dead."

So that's that! I don't talk about poetry much here, but I really enjoy it. Be sure to go check out all the festivities over at The Edge of the Precipice!


  1. ABeka! It was ABeka's lit books that made me HATE poetry as a kid! It was all so rigid and dry and boring. Sigh.

    Anyway, great tag answers :-) I'm highly amused that the pose of both Darcy and the guy above him are identical.

    I've never participated in a poetry slam, but in college we sometimes held "poetry jams" that were kind of like a slam, but not so um... combative? I even won one! Hoping to dig up that poem and post it later this month yet.

    1. Yeah, ABeka could really work on how they present poetry. It's no good teaching the things that make it beautiful unless you understand its built in beauty.
      Hahaha I didn't even notice that!!!
      That sounds so cool! I loved your poem BTW!
      Thanks for the tag questions/giveaway!

    2. I like ABeka's math and language books -- I'm using them for my son now. But I got their history book for him this year, we got through about half a chapter, and I suddenly realized WHY I'd hated history all through grade school, middle school, and high school. Their history books are mind-numbing. I got to college and ended up with a minor in history, which astonished my mom because "you always hated history." Nope, turns out I just hated those books.

      Rant over ;-)

    3. (Oh, and needless to say, but I'm saying it anyway, we ditched that history book for my son and did something totally different for him this year.)

  2. I'm enjoying this meme and investigating others' favorite poems. My Poetry Answers


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