Well into Summer
Longer days. Shorter nights. A season of growth and renewal.
Here are are some poems offered for your for your summer reading by The Academy of American Poets.
"Vacation" by Rita Dove
"In Summer" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
"Spain" by Major Jackson
"Long Island Sound" by Emma Lazarus
"Travel" by Edna St. Vincent Millay
"Back Yard" by Carl Sandburg
"The Idea of Order at Key West" by Wallace Stevens
Be sure to check the "Related Poems" links on each page.
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You can start these 15 poems right now. Besides being challenging and fun to work on, they can lead to some strong poems. For best results, paste the activity into your word processor, or print out a hard copy. Then write quickly and freely, trusting your imagination, hunches, gut feelings. When you finish, read the poem aloud a few times in private. When you're ready, share the poem with a partner or in a small group. Try working on them in your blog, where you can choose to keep them private or share them.Read more ...
Everyone has a personal and unique way of writing. And even with the same poet, different poems follow different paths from inspiration to publication. Even so, it's possible to envision a general process that can help us see where we are at and where we are headed as we work on our poems.
The ideas in this section are intended to help you keep moving ahead with your writing.
These are similar but not identical concepts. Rhythm refers to the overall tempo, or pace, at which the poem unfolds, while meter refers to the measured beat established by patterns of stressed and unstressed syllables. Poets who write free verse, generally de-emphasize or ignore meter and focus instead on refining and tuning their natural speech rhythms to suit the poem's tone and content. Or as Ezra Pound put it, they "compose in the sequence of the musical phrase, not in the sequence of the metronome."Read more ...