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April, poetry month, is here again!

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Another year has passed and once again it is National Poetry Month! Inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, National Poetry Month is now “held every April, when schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets throughout the United States band together to celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture. Thousands of organizations participate through readings, festivals, book displays, workshops, and other events.”
Thus reads their website with a full write-up on National Poetry month and frequently asked questions. Stop and take a look at some of the programs they have planned for this month. They even have a fantastic list of 30 ways to celebrate National Poetry month.

With all this excitement in the air about poetry it is not surprising that I found myself thinking back to the good old schooldays when we had to look at different poets and their works and analyze them. It is amazing how a word or an image can cause you to suddenly think about one of those favorite poems of long ago. Those poems are now a part of us, a part of our experiences.

While browsing through Poetry Foundation's website I was delighted when I not only recognized a few of the poems written by favorite poets but was actually able to recite some of the verses. This is another good site that poetry lovers can tap into. In one of my posts I mentioned the free poetry app that they have.

Download the app and experience poetry as you never have before. See if the words hold the same meaning as they did long ago. See what more you understand about the poem now, than what you understood back then. As you explore poetry you will be amazed to see how much more you will be able to relate to the emotions and life experiences of others. We become more humane, more understanding, softer, and gentler, as we embrace all of humanity through poetry.

Little did we realize how much those poems meant to us, until we try to remember their words and feel a sense of loss when we can't remember every verse. But take heart. Technology has advanced so much that we can go to one of our search engines, plug in a few words and up comes that old, dear familiar poem to thrill our hears once again.

So the next time you remember part of a poem, don't despair. Look it up and share it with your children, your family and friends. You can relive precious moments again and again just by passing on to others some of the treasures you received.

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