Sunday, March 30, 2014

BW14: National Poetry Month

In 1996, April was established as National Poetry Month by the Academy of American Poets for the purpose of introducing more people to the pleasures of reading poetry and to appreciate the achievements of american poets.   This year, the Academy is sponsoring the Poet to Poet Project in which students write poems in response to the poetry of the poets who sit on the chancellery board.  Also, on the website you'll find 30 ways to celebrate poetry which includes read a poetry book, attend a poetry reading, write a letter to a poet, start your own commonplace book, and poem in your pocket.

Poem in your pocket day is officially April 24th and my go to poet is Robert Frost.

The Road Not Taken

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim
Because it was grassy and wanted wear,
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

Also, join me in a readalong of Susan Wise Bauer's  History of the Ancient World. I'll most likely be reading one to two chapters a week and allowing time for following rabbit trails as they appear.  And if I'm feeling really ambitious, may just attempt to use the Study and Teaching Guide from Peace Hill Press. 

Please link to your specific book review post and not your general blog link. In the Your Name field, type in your name and the name of the book in parenthesis. In the Your URL field leave a link to your specific post. If you don't have a blog, tell us about the books you are reading in the comment section of this post.  


  1. I am way behind in posting the reviews though I have read a lot! I am just in week 7! Hope to catch up on writing the reviews :)

  2. I just read Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein last week....too bad my timing was off!


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