21 April 2015

NPME 2015: Poets I Miss the Most

It's that time of the week again. . . . Welcome to the third of four posts to celebrate the 2015 National Poetry Month Extravaganza!

Isn't National Poetry Month great? Don't forget -- the easiest way to find the previous two posts (as well as the final post, after next Tuesday) is to use the "npme2015" tag! Simply click the tag on the sidebar to the right or at the bottom of this post to follow all things poetry through the rest of April.

Without further ado . . . let's reflect a bit.

Rankings /// Spoken Word /// Post 3 /// Looking Ahead

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No one lives forever, you know. (That's why writing exists -- it lasts longer than we do.) It's pretty hard to respect poetry if you can't respect where it came from.

So from where (or from whom) did it come? Here are my favourite people to thank for that:

Grieving is Giving . . .

. . . Love, that is. (Okay.)

Yeah, if you haven't yet grasped this, this post will detail the beautiful minds of late souls who contributed to the world of poetry in bigger ways than I have. Take a look, and let me know if I forgot anybody!

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1. Maya Angelou (1928 - 2014)

I have yet to read I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, but it's on my wishlist. This year in my English class, we read one of Ms. Angelou's autobiographical short stories, which I unfortunately don't recall the title of.

Apart from being an insightful and gorgeous goddess during one of the most influential movements of modern American history, Angelou is widely famous for her works of poetry. I recently found out that she participated in the spoken word genre, which I hope to research more later.

"Phenomenal Woman" is one of her most well-known poems. My personal favourite is "Still I Rise" -- it's smart, creative, and inspirational, as much of her writing is.

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2. William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616)

We all know him relatively well, correct? I can skip over some of his biographical details?

What a mystery this guy was! We still arent's certain of his birthdate, or whether we can actually attribute him to his plays. I think it's rather intriguing.

Okay, well, most of his poems are technically sonnets -- same thing, right? Similar enough. Anyway, here's one of my favourites (call me unoriginal). But I also like "Not Marble, Nor the Gilded Monuments" and "O How Much More Doth Beauty."

P.S. Did you know that Voldemort's (rather, Ralph Fiennes's) real-life brother played Shakespeare in the film Shakespeare in Love? I've watched most of that movie, and I would recommend it (if you're of an appropriate age and maturity level).

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3. Sylvia Plath (1932 - 1963)

She is probably my favourite, favourite, favourite poet (living or dead).

Her love for the United States and the United Kingdom, and then her actual romance with Ted Hughes (also a writer -- imagine that!) was an interesting one to study. I love her courage and honesty in poetry; it's brilliant to witness writers discussing super-taboo topics.

Truly, her whole family is brilliant, not to mention worldly: not only did she study at the University of Cambridge, and not only was her husband a prominent poet like she, but their daughter obtained Australian citizenship and their son attended the University of Oxford.

I could write about Sylvia all day. I miss her. Sometimes I read about her or I read her works, and I feel some level of impersonal grief for her.

The Bell Jar is also on my book wishlist, in case anybody wants to keep that in mind come Christmas. (I'm kidding!) But seriously, if you aren't too familiar with Miss Plath, I would advise reading up on her on Wikipedia or through some other source. She is all-around fascinating.

All of history is a journey -- they were among those who started it, and you and I are among those to keep it going.

So, keep the fun going and look through the links below for other posts from the 2015 National Poetry Month Extravaganza!

Want to continue? Lead the way! ¬

Rankings /// Spoken Word /// Post 3 /// Looking Ahead

Don't hesitate to read this post. . . . You might thank yourself in the future.

Which poets fill you with horribly intense nostalgia? Let me know -- leave a comment!

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