Celebrating Poetry In April: 30. The World Is Too Much With Us, William Wordsworth

Hello, everyone. Well, we are at our end. 30 days of sonnets celebrating National Poetry Month brings us to my favorite sonnet that I've been using in my classrooms and citing in my writing for decades. I'm happy to end this journey by sharing William Wordsworth's "The World Is Too Much With Us." As I … Continue reading Celebrating Poetry In April: 30. The World Is Too Much With Us, William Wordsworth

Celebrating Poetry in April: 25. Life and Death, by Cosmo Monkhouse

Welcome to day 25 of National Poetry Month. Tonight I am featuring a British poet of the Victorian era, William Cosmo Monkhouse, who was also an art critic in his prime. This sonnet, in the Petrarchan form, personifies Life and Death. Enjoy! 🙂 Life and Death, by William Cosmo Monkhouse From morn to eve they … Continue reading Celebrating Poetry in April: 25. Life and Death, by Cosmo Monkhouse

Celebrating Poetry in April: 22. “Grasshopper and Cricket” by Mary Russell Mitford

Happy Earth Day, to all. I remember turning the earth 50 years ago with my 5-year-old classmates as we planted little saplings at our elementary school. Now, 50 years later, I look back and savor the many hours I have spent on trails and shores, appreciating the earth. So much of my writing is inspired … Continue reading Celebrating Poetry in April: 22. “Grasshopper and Cricket” by Mary Russell Mitford

Celebrating Poetry in April: 18. The Sonnet by Maggie Bruner

Good afternoon! For today's sonnet, I've selected American poet Maggie Bruner, who was born in 1886 and died in 1971. This is, I believe, the only sonnet she published. It is a simple statement of love for cats and how that love transcends life on this earth. Without further ado, "Sonnet," by Maggie Bruner. The … Continue reading Celebrating Poetry in April: 18. The Sonnet by Maggie Bruner

Celebrating Poetry in April: 17. The Woods by Fanny Kemble

Good evening, all. It was absolutely wonderful to reconnect with my students this week. I am so glad that we are back in session as we venture to the end of the school year together. Tonight's sonnet is by the British poet and actress Fanny Kemble. It's a love sonnet (of course), and it celebrates … Continue reading Celebrating Poetry in April: 17. The Woods by Fanny Kemble

Celebrating Poetry in April: 15. “The New Colossus” by Emma Lazarus

Greetings, all: Today's sonnet was written by Emma Lazarus, an American author and poet who lived from 1849 to 1887. It's a famous one, for sure, as a few of its lines are inscribed on a plaque at the base of the Statue of Liberty, and they have been cited frequently by individuals fighting for … Continue reading Celebrating Poetry in April: 15. “The New Colossus” by Emma Lazarus

Celebrating Poetry in April: 14. Renouncement by Alice Meynell

Good afternoon, all! Today's sonnet is by Alice Meynell, a British poet who lived from 1847-1922. This poem, "Renouncement," is in traditional Petrarchan form and captures the bridge between love and religion for Alice, as she recuperated from illness and pondered life in the Catholic Church. Without further ado... Renouncement, by Alice Meynell. Renouncement I … Continue reading Celebrating Poetry in April: 14. Renouncement by Alice Meynell

Celebrating Poetry In April: 11. Lady Mary Wroth

Good evening, all: Tonight, I am reading a sonnet by the English poet Lady Mary Wroth of the Renaissance era. She was born in 1587 and died in 1653. This particular sonnet, "Forbear Dark Night, My Joys Now Bud Again," follows the Petrarchan form. as always...............rvw   "Forbear dark night, my joys now bud again" … Continue reading Celebrating Poetry In April: 11. Lady Mary Wroth

Celebrating Poetry in April: 10. John Donne’s Sonnet IV from the Divine Meditations

Good evening, all: Tonight's sonnet is from John Donne, an English poet (1572-1631) who was dubbed a "metaphysical poet" for his use of conceit, a rather disjointed, but extended analogy used in his poetry. This is Sonnet IV of his collection of 19 sonnets titled the Divine Meditations or Holy Sonnets. These were published posthumously, … Continue reading Celebrating Poetry in April: 10. John Donne’s Sonnet IV from the Divine Meditations

Celebrating Poetry in April: 9. Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s Sonnet XVIII

Happy Thursday, everyone. Today is April 9th of National Poetry Month, and I've decided to return to the sonnets of Elizabeth Barrett Browning; I've selected Sonnet XVIII for today's reading. I like the parallels with Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights, as well as William Faulkner's "A Rose For Emily." Elizabeth's sonnet, however, zooms in on the … Continue reading Celebrating Poetry in April: 9. Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s Sonnet XVIII