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1914 | The Wilfred Owen Association ‘When I read that a shell fell into a group of 16 schoolboys and killed fifteen, I raved. Talk about rumours of wars and earthquakes in divers places… The beginning of the End must be ended, and the beginning of the middle of the end is now.’ Reading what Owen wrote to his mother on 21 December 1914 about the Germans’ shelling of Scarborough when sixteen died and 443 were wounded, to ascribe this sonnet to that same month seems entirely plausible. Hibberd suggests it was Owen’s first poem about the war, while Stallworthy puts it among the batch of sonnets Wilfred showed Sassoon on 21 August 1917. Only lines 5 and 7 break the otherwise regular iambic metre. The contrast between the diction on the octet (lines 1 - 8) and in the sestet (9 - 14) is very marked. ‘…the winter of the worldWith perishing great darkness closes in.’ Owen knew his Shelley. ‘This is the winter of the world; and hereWe die, even as the winds of Autumn fade…’ ‘Now is the winter of the world….’

Poetry and Literature Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry Tracy K. Smith was appointed by Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden to serve as the 22nd Poet Laureate on June 14, 2017. Smith is the author of three books of poetry, including Life on Mars (2011), winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. Smith took up her duties in September 2017, opening the Library’s annual literary season with a reading of her work in the Coolidge Auditorium. Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction Denis Johnson was posthumously awarded the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction by Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden on July 11, 2017. From the Catbird Seat – Poetry and Literature Center Blog Read the latest blog post: Read more blog posts | Subscribe via Email or RSS Upcoming Events MARCH 28, 7:00 PM STORIES FROM A FALLEN WORLD: A TRIBUTE TO DENIS JOHNSON. APRIL 11, 7:00 PM THE LIFE OF A POET. APRIL 12, 7:30 PM PLANETARY POEMS. 22nd U.S. APRIL 19, 7:00 PM STAYING HUMAN: POETRY IN THE AGE OF TECHNOLOGY. 22nd U.S.

National Poetry Month | Literacy Calendar April is National Poetry Month, 30 days of celebrating the joy, expressiveness, and pure delight of poetry. Learn more about the National Poetry Month, get to know some of our most well-loved children's poets in our video interview series, browse the many online resources listed here, and visit your local library or bookstore to discover wonderful new books and anthologies. Poets on poetry Listen in as acclaimed children's writers like Marilyn Singer, Ashley Bryan, Jack Prelutsky, Mary Ann Hoberman, Nikki Grimes, and Janet Wong talk about reading poetry aloud and writing poetry. National Poetry Month resources National Poetry Month is a month-long, national celebration of poetry established by the Academy of American Poets. Bloggers in the kidlitosphere Kidlit bloggers are sharing poetry and poets in exciting new ways during National Poetry Month. 30 Poets/30 DaysThe GottaBook hosts the annual 30 Poets/30 Days project.

Welcome The First World War Poetry Digital Archive is an online repository of over 7,000 items of text, images, audio, and video for teaching, learning, and research. The heart of the archive consists of collections of highly valued primary material from major poets of the period, including Wilfred Owen, Isaac Rosenberg, Robert Graves, Vera Brittain, and Edward Thomas. This is supplemented by a comprehensive range of multimedia artefacts from the Imperial War Museum, a separate archive of over 6,500 items contributed by the general public, and a set of specially developed educational resources. Freely available to the public as well as the educational community, the First World War Poetry Digital Archive is a significant resource for studying the First World War and the literature it inspired. The Great War Archive was highly commended at the Times Higher Educational Awards 2008 for 'Outstanding ICT Initiative'

For Educators The Academy of American Poets presents lesson plans that align with Common Core Standards, each of which have been prepared by a curriculum specialist concerned with developing skills of perception and imagination. We hope they will inspire the educators in our community to bring even more poems into your classrooms! "The Owl" by Arthur Sze The classroom component of this year’s National Poetry Month’s education project, Poet-to-Poet, for grades 3 to 6. From "Manatee/Humanity" by Anne Waldman The classroom component of this year’s National Poetry Month’s education project, Poet-to-Poet, for grades 7 to 12. Developed and tested by high-school teachers, the following lesson plans provide everything you need to administer a successful poetry unit in your classroom. Voice Students participate in a series of learning activities employing interconnectivity between poems used and core texts to explore poetry as social commentary.

National Poetry Month and the National Writing Project Date: March 15, 2011 Summary: The National Writing Project offers an impressive array of resources to help teachers and students celebrate National Poetry Month, an annual 30-day event that celebrates and promotes the achievement of American poets. Charles Baudelaire once wrote, "Any healthy man can go without food for two days—but not without poetry." If he's right, April will be a very healthy time for those of us who choose to partake of the delicacies offered up by National Poetry Month Conceived in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets, the annual 30-day event celebrates and promotes the achievement of American poets. A profusion of celebratory events will be held in every state, including readings by the famous and not so famous as they bring the pleasures of poetry to the public square (for an event near you, see the National Poetry Calendar). will be gifted with a daily poem in their email box. A significant part of the celebration will be Poem in Your Pocket Day River of Words U.S.

Writing About Poetry Summary: This section covers the basics of how to write about poetry. Including why it is done, what you should know, and what you can write about. Contributors:Purdue OWLLast Edited: 2010-04-21 08:27:54 Writing about poetry can be one of the most demanding tasks that many students face in a literature class. What's the Point? In order to write effectively about poetry, one needs a clear idea of what the point of writing about poetry is. So why would your teacher give you such an assignment? To help you learn to make a text-based argument. What Should I Know about Writing about Poetry? Most importantly, you should realize that a paper that you write about a poem or poems is an argument. What Can I Write About? Theme: One place to start when writing about poetry is to look at any significant themes that emerge in the poetry. Genre: What kind of poem are you looking at? Versification: Look closely at the poem's rhyme and meter. What style should I use?

Public Domain Poems - Selected Public Domain Poetry from the Great Public Domain Poets - Yeats, Shelley, Whitman, Frost,Tennyson,Wilde, Browning, Hardy and many more! Practical Criticism Activity 1. Browse and Collect Have small groups of students browse the Victorian Women Writers Project website to select 2 to 4 poems for commentary. Activity 2. Have students comment on one or two of the poems they have selected, following an adaptation of the procedure outlined by I. First, they should write a paraphrase of the poem, expressing in their own words its plain prose meaning. Activity 3. When they have completed their commentaries, have students discuss in small groups what they learned from the experience.

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