National Poetry Month, April 2020: Daily Sonnets

For the month of April, which is National Poetry Month, I am reading a sonnet a day to my high school seniors, whom I have not seen since 13 March 2020 due to the Covid-19 Pandemic that continues to affect millions of individuals, businesses, and schools worldwide. It has given me a chance to reconnect with my students in a way that helps us both feel, I hope, like nothing can come between us when it comes to the bond we share(d) in our 12AP English classroom. I miss them dearly, but this project helps stay connected with them.

After I share the poem with them on our secure network, I publish the daily reading on my blog (here). On this page, I am collecting each daily reading so you have them in one space to enjoy, whenever you wish.

Without further ado, the audio collection of sonnets read daily to my seniors, by date.

April 1: “Sonnet 116,” by William Shakespeare
April 2: “Sonnet VII,” by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
April 3: “Since I Have Known You I Have Little Heed,” by John Barlas
April 4: “On A Discovery Made Too Late,” by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
April 5: “A Friendship,” by Sophie Jewett
April 6: “Sonnet 98,” by William Shakespeare
April 7: “It Is A Beauteous Evening, Calm and Free,” by William Wordsworth
April 8: “Summer Noon,” by Christopher Brennan
April 9: “Sonnet XVIII,” by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
April 10: “Sonnet IV,” by John Donne
April 11: “Forbear Dark Night, My Joys Now Bud Again,” by Lady Mary Wroth
April 12: “Easter,” by Edmund Spenser
April 13: “To Wordsworth,” by Percy Bysshe Shelley
April 14: “Renouncement,” by Alice Meynell
April 15: “The New Colossus,” by Emma Lazarus
April 16: “When I Have Fears,” by John Keats
April 17: “The Woods,” by Fanny Kemble
April 18: “The Sonnet,” by Maggie Bruner
April 19: “Sonnet 30,” by William Shakespeare
April 20: “A Sonnet Upon Sonnets,” by Robert Burns
April 21: “Anthem for Doomed Youth,” by Wilfred Owen
April 22: “Grasshopper and Cricket,” by Mary Russell Mitford
April 23: “Sonnet 145,” by William Shakespeare
April 24: “A Timid Grace Sits Trembling In Her Eye,” by Charles Lamb
April 25: “Life and Death,” by Cosmo Monkhouse
April 26: “Sonnet 18,” by William Shakespeare
April 27: “O Solitude!,” by John Keats
April 28: “How Do I Love Thee?” Sonnet 43 by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
April 29: “Sonnet 23,” By William Shakespeare
April 30: “The World Is Too Much With Us,” by William Wordsworth