"For Poetry is not as much an answer to the world as it is a question which the world receives and hears from the lips of one who contemplates it."
- Vicente Aleixandre (Nobel Prize winner)
Truly a beautiful and accurate descriptive statement on Poetry. April is National Poetry Month. A month to reflect on ground-shaking earth-shattering Poets and uncover and re-discover great Poems. Poetry is a forgotten literary form in the mainstream of today. Yet poetry, I would argue, is the most beautiful form of it's kind. Poetry is a song a sonnet an ode that sings beauty, pain, sorrow, despair, laughter, humor...whatever emotion the Poet asks for and the reader infers and gathers.
Photo above is a snapshot of a few of the Poetry books you can find in my home library.
A Few of my Favorite Poets and their Poems:
Walt Whitman - I Sing The Body Electric, O Captain! My Captain!, To You, I Hear American Singing.
Robert Frost - The Road Not Taken (Duh!), Gathering Leaves, The Star-Splitter
Edgar Allan Poe - The Raven (another Duh!), Annabelle Lee, A Dream Within A Dream
Yehuda Amichai - A Dog After Love (Please look this up, hilarious!), Do Not Accept, Once A Great Love
Poets I Collect:
Nobel Prize Winning Poets:
Tomas Transtromer (2011)
Wislawa Symborska (1996)
Seamus Heaney (1995)
Derek Walcott (1992)
Wole Soyinka (1986)
Jaroslav Seifert (1984)
Odysseus Elytis (1979)
Vicente Aleixandre (1977)
Eugenio Montale (1975)
Pablo Neruda (1971)
Nelly Sachs (1966)
George Seferis (1963)
St. John Perse (1960)
Salvatore Quasimodo (1959)
Juan Ramon Jimenez (1956)
Erik Karlfeldt (1931)
William Butler Yeats (1923)
Carl Spitteler (1919)
Maurice Maeterlinck (1911)
Giosue Carducci (1906)
Bjornstjerne Bjornson (1903)
Sully Prudhomme (1901 - First award recipient)
Now to truly honor National Poetry Month, a poem by yours truly...
...who remembers Titus Andronicus by William Shakespeare? - my favorite from The Bard.
Who is your favorite Poet?
What is your favorite Poem?
Do you have a Poem you have written which you would like to share?
As always, Thank You for your time and Happy National Poetry Month!