National Poetry Day 2014

It is National Poetry Day! YAY! All literature nerds out there are sobbing uncontrollably while holding their favourite book of poems… just me?

Poetry is amazing and fabulous, raw and emotional, funny and depressing, and a combination of every single emotion in the world. There is no doubt about it. So I’m going to share with you some of my favourite poets & poems to honour this beautifully glorious day.

Rita Dove

  1. Romance – Edgar Allan Poe
    (Not many people know that I am a huge Poe fan!)
    Favourite line: And so, being young and dipt in folly // I fell in love with melancholy
  2. Hannah Baker’s Poem – Jay Asher
    (An untitled poem from the novel Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher)
    Favourite line: If my love were a desert you would see only sand

  3. If – Rudyard Kipling
    (Sorry for the cliché, but this poem is brilliant!)
    Favourite line: If you can dream – and not make dreams your master // If you can think, and not make thoughts your aim

  4. The Riddle of Strider – J.R.R Tolkien
    (Leave me be, I love Tolkien and I want this line tattoo’d on me)
    Favourite line: All that is gold does not glitter // Not all those who wander are lost

  5. The Future – Neil Hilborn
    (My favourite slam poet! This was the poem that made me love him, completely)
    Favourite line: And when I’m down I don’t kill myself because then the sadness would be over // And the sadness is my old paint under the new // The sadness is the house fire or the broken shoulder // I’d still be me without it // But I’d be so boring

    Generally with Slam Poems the effect is in the listening/watching them being performed

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