Poetry is one of the most beautiful forms of art in which anyone can express their own feelings and ideas by using unique forms of style and rhythm. Of course poetry isn’t everyone’s forte but sometimes one poem in particular can stick with you for a long time. Whether you are passionate about poetry or would like to explore your reading/writing side, here are 5 famous poets that you should know about and that changed my own view on poetry.
1. Emily Dickenson
Born in 1830, Emily Elizabeth Dickenson was and still is one of the most known and famous American poets. Although she was never famous in her own time, she began writing poetry at the age of 18 and included different types of punctuation in many of her poems. Most of Dickenson’s poems express life, love, nature, time and eternity. One of her most known poems is called “Hope Is The Thing With Feathers.”
2. W. B. Yeats
One of my favorite poems by the famous Irish poet William Butler Yeats is called “Brown Penny.” It is the first poem I ever read by him. He was born in Dublin in 1865 and is considered to be one of the greatest poets of the 20th century. Most of his poetry reflected on his interest in Ireland and his family lived in London for most of their life.
3. William Shakespeare
Although he was well known for his plays such as “Romeo and Juliet” and “Hamlet,” William Shakespeare wrote a number of sonnets all throughout his life. Born in 1564, he is known to this day as one of the greatest writers in the English language. He has written a total of 37 plays and 154 sonnets.
4. Robert Frost
Although he was an American poet, most of Frost’s poems were published in England before they were in America. The most recognized poem by Robert Frost is called “The Road Not Taken.” His poems are known for depicting the beauty of nature and life.
5. William Wordsworth
Born in 1770, William Wordsworth was an English Romantic poet. One of his most famous poems written about daffodils was inspired by a time when he and his sister came across a wide stretch of them. It is called “I Wandered Lonely As A Cloud.” In 1798 a volume of poetry entitled “Lyrical Ballads” became widely known in America for its romance and love.
Whether it’s a piece by Emily Dickenson or a poem you have written for yourself, poetry is poetry all its own. Would you like to take your talent with poetry a step further? Give poetry a try and write something, and enter it into this months Poetry Contest! Poems needs to be submitted to the Cortland Free Library by Friday, April 22nd at the latest. There will be one adult winner and one teen winner. The winners will be announced the first Friday of May and the prizes are yet to be determined.
April 21 is Poem in Your Pocket Day. Every April, on Poem in Your Pocket Day, people celebrate by selecting a poem, carrying it with them, and sharing it with others throughout the day. Come to the Library and pick up a poem for your pocket!