It is my first time acknowledging National Poetry Month, Yaaa Woo, yeahh [stop? ok].
As an English Literature student, my teachers focused more on interpretation and analysis of poems than structure of published poems or students original poems. Hence I spent years contented with just pencilling poems just anyway that I wanted. Then came Writing201: Poetry here on WordPress and it light a fire under my poetry erhem, suddenly I became so eager to learn formations in poetry. I knew about some of the forms of poetry but never dug deeper to learn the rules and regulations. For National Poetry Month, I aim to continue my new found desire to learn more not just practising but sharing some poems from poets across the globe.
So you know by now I will interest you in a history of anything, so here we go :D.
In April 1996, the Academy of American Poets organized the first National Poetry Month as a way to foster more interest in poetry in the United States. As a result, the Library of Congress and a few poetry reading hosts, teachers, publishers, librarians, booksellers and other literacy groups came together to host a variety of poetry related events. Over the years, the activities receive widespread recognition with more students and non-published poets devoting 30 days or so just for poetry. According to the Academy of American Poets, National Poetry Month is, “the largest literary celebration in the world.”
Bob Holman, Margery Synder. National Poetry Month. n.d. 5 April 2015 <http://poetry.about.com/od/natpomo/a/natpomohistory.htm>.