Monday, April 19, 2010

More poetry to celebrate National Poetry Month

101 Poems That Could Save Your Life: An Anthology of Emotional First Aid edited by Daisy Goodwin
821.008 ONE
What's getting you down? Relationship problems? Money? Stress? The poems in this collection may be able to improve your mood or provide you with some comfort. Chapters are organized by themes such as Monday Morning, Successfully Single, Bad Hair Day, When You Lose Your Pet, Career Crisis, Stressed Out, and Hangovers.
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Birthday Poems: A Celebration edited by Jason Shinder
811.08 BIR
The passage of time, getting old, and nostalgia are a few of the themes commonly associated with birthdays. I think many of the poems in this collection also aim to capture moments in a person's life. Some poems are about turning a specific age ("I am 25" by Gregory Corso), while others are about the celebration of the day ("Birthday" by John Lennon and Paul McCartney).
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Did you pay attention to poetry discussions in your high school English class? Or maybe you enjoyed learning poetry in school but have not had time to read much poetry since then. If you would like to check out a poetry collection with the best of the best, try either of these two books:

Good Poems selected and introduced by Garrison Keillor
811.008 KEL
What I like about this collection is that the poems are organized by subject and not author. Subjects included are music, sons and daughters, trips, yellow, and lovers.
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The Best Poems of the English Language: From Chaucer Through Frost selected and with commentary by Harold Bloom
821.008 BES
This is a one-stop collection that includes well-known poems and poets. Start here and perhaps you will be motivated to pick up other works by Keats, Whitman, Rosetti....
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