Monday, April 28, 2014

Happy Great Poetry Reading Day

Today is National Great Poetry Reading Day. 
This is a day to celebrate great poetry and the great poets that wrote them.  Thank you to my pal, Ranger the Scottie, for letting me know about this perfect little holiday!

You can take part in celebrating National Great Poetry Day by reading poetry, listening to poetry or writing your own poetry.  If you are reading or listening to poetry, you can look (or listen) for characteristics which can help lead you to the meaning of the poem.  Some of those characteristics are:

Figurative Language
  • Metaphor - describing one thing as if it were something else.  (My house was a zoo this morning.)
  • Simile - using like or as to compare two seemingly unlike things.  (Ma stormed around the house like a tornado.)
  • Personification - giving human qualities to something that is not human.  (The wind howled its objection.)
  • Symbol - anything that represents something else.

Sensory Language
Descriptive words and phrases that appeal to the five senses to create strong images.

Sound Devices
Alliteration - repetition of consonant sounds. (slippery slope)
Onomatopoeia - use of words that imitate sounds.  (hiss, bark, crash)
Meter - the rhythmical pattern (accented/unaccented syllables) in a poem.

One of my favorite poems that uses a lot of the characteristics above is

Nothing Gold Can Stay
by Robert Frost  

Nature's first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf's a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief;
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.

To me, "Nothing Gold Can Stay" is a great poem!  
Do you have a favorite poem?  What is it and why is it your favorite?

Poetry Notes:
"Nothing Gold Can Stay" is a poem by Robert Frost written in 1923 and published in the Yale Review in October of that year.  It was later published in the collection New Hampshire (1923; copyright renewed 1951) that earned Frost the 1924 Pulitzer Prize.

"Nothing Gold Can Stay" falls into the public domain - the legal and moral space in which intellectual and artistic material is no longer considered privately, but rather collectively owned (lifetime of the artist plus 70 years): a common social resource, free to be reprinted and transmitted without limitation or constraint.  


  1. Thanks for telling us about poetry day Oz. We are not great poem fans but there are some that are dear to our heart. Have a marvellous Monday.
    Best wishes Molly

  2. That is a good one. I would say my favs are "The Lady of Shalott" Tennyson, or "Kubla Kahn" Coleridge.

  3. The poems I love best are your limericks Oz :-)

  4. Mom loves poetry too....she use to write a lot of it years ago and then suddenly stopped. Her favorite of all time is an Australian Poem called "I love a sunburnt country"

  5. What a fun day. We enjoy poems
    Lily & Edward

  6. There is a poet named Kyla
    Her poems always had rhyme
    Except for just this time
    Whaddya think about them apples?

  7. Great post OZ, thanks fur sharing. I actually had a go at poetry myself on Friday ~ its called An Ode to the Nose
    @ ~ if mew want to check it out.

    Have a fun week

    Bestest purrs


    Allows fur
    Antics that
    ANYbuddy can
    Alude to. hehehehehehe

  9. OOOPS... Allude... TWO L's... sorry.


  10. Ding ding ding ding ding you home Oz ~ I always come back to read your post "Till the stars had run away
    And the shadows eaten the moon". That is my poetry quote for the day. Love You
    Thanks for being my friend
    Sweet William The Scot

  11. the pawfect day for you OZ, our favorite poet!
    Mr Bailey, Hazel & Greta

  12. Mom loves Robert Frost's the Road Not Taken. After she read it we realize we just take the path that smells more interesting.

  13. I also love, (I actually think it is called "The Road Less Traveled") by Robert Frost that Bailey mentioned above.

  14. Dylan Thomas--"Do not go gentle into that good night, Old age should burn and rave at close of day; Rage, rage against the dying of the light..." That's my favorite poem of all time; though, my favorite poet is Edgar Allen Poe. My favorite poem by Poe is The Haunted Palace. One of my favorite poetry sites is because they'll send you a poem a day.

  15. Helllo Oz. Dar is another wacky holiday dat you might like in May (you'll see if in my postie tomorrow). May 12th Limerick Day. Lots of us are not good poets but we could probably write a really bad Limerick if you hosted a blog hop. Just saying.

  16. Enjoy your poetry and thanks for the lesson! Love Dolly

  17. Very nice post, had no idea today was a poetry day!

  18. Very lovely poem. I guess I must not be too much into poetry because I just can't think of a favorite. My 9 year old learned all of those things this year in school I think.

  19. I didn't know about poetry dday either Oz, but you are the best poet I know!

  20. I love and write poetry. Let me know if you ever read my poetry book, "Weeds". I would like to hear your thoughts. I think one of my favourite poems is," Warning", by Jenny Joseph.

  21. Oh wow, had no idea there even was a poetry day BOL! Thanks for sharing!
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

  22. Such a great poem.

    Aroo to you,

  23. Beautiful poem, I love reading poems and quotes! Have a great day.

  24. Wez back Oz and wez lub'z poetry :) xxxoxxxx

    Mollie and Alfie

  25. Oh poet Oz. We totally forgot about Poetry Day. We enjoy Frost's poetry too. We are in a process writing a poem mostly likely our usually way Acrostic poem. Golden Woofs

  26. Is it just poetry day or bad poetry day too?
    There was a Weim named Easy,
    his paws were dirty and greasy.
    Without going red, he jumped on the bed,
    to clean his paws proper and fast,
    his mom only said: Blast!

  27. A most pawesome day! Wooowooooooo my poetic buddy! Ku

  28. Hey Oz!
    Wow, what a fun day! I love that golden nature poem. My Mom likes that scary Poe fellow. yikes. BOL
    Grr and Woof,
    Sarge, Pol Comm

  29. Sorree I miss dis when it come owt Oz my pal…I been bit bizee doin travellins….is like bein at skool a bit…but is hiley edyoocayshunull…..

  30. Hmmm….dunno if I comment was proved….anyhoo, i red it and left peemail OZ… ope it got to yoos


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