Celebrating Poetry in April: 21. “Anthem for Doomed Youth,” by Wilfred Owen

Welcome back. For today's poem, I decided to dip into the 20th century with a sonnet by Wilfred Owen, a British poet and soldier who died in battle in World War I. Wilfred wrote poetry for just about a year and died a few months after penning this poem, ironically, and sadly, called, "Anthem for … Continue reading Celebrating Poetry in April: 21. “Anthem for Doomed Youth,” by Wilfred Owen

Celebrating Poetry in April: 20. A Sonnet Upon Sonnets, by Robert Burns

Welcome to Day 20 of our daily sonnets celebrating National Poetry Month. Tonight, I am reading Robert Burns' "A Sonnet Upon Sonnets," which he wrote in the Shakespearean sonnet form. Enjoy! A Sonnet Upon Sonnets, by Robert Burns Fourteen, a sonneteer thy praises sings; What magic myst'ries in that number lie! Your hen hath fourteen … Continue reading Celebrating Poetry in April: 20. A Sonnet Upon Sonnets, by Robert Burns

Celebrating Poetry in April: 19: Sonnet 30 by William Shakespeare

Good evening, and welcome to day 19 of celebrating National Poetry Month. Today is April 19, and in celebration of beginning Hamlet tomorrow with my seniors, I thought we'd read another Shakespeare sonnet. Sonnet 30, "When to the Sessions of Sweet Silent Thought," by William Shakespeare.  When to the sessions of sweet silent thought I … Continue reading Celebrating Poetry in April: 19: Sonnet 30 by William Shakespeare

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: 16. When I Have Fears by John Keats

Hi, everyone. Today's poem is by John Keats, an English Romantic poet who lived a very short life (a mere 25 years), yet his contributions are many as a poet. The sonnet I've selected to read to you today is another favorite of mine: "When I Have Fears." Enjoy! as always...................vw When I Have Fears, … Continue reading Celebrating Poetry in April: 16. When I Have Fears by John Keats

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: 13. Shelley’s “To Wordsworth”

Hello! Today's sonnet is by Percy Bysshe Shelley, titled "To Wordsworth." Everything about this poem seems like it is a celebration of life of the late poet, but Shelley wrote his poem in 1816, and William Wordsworth lived for another 30 years following the death of Shelley in 1822. So why the faux posthumous ode? … Continue reading Celebrating Poetry in April: 13. Shelley’s “To Wordsworth”

Celebrating Poetry in April: 12. Edmund Spenser, Easter

Greetings, all: Tonight, I share with you a sonnet by the English Poet, Edmund Spenser (1552-1599), best known for his epic poem, "The Faerie Queene." This sonnet is titled "Easter," and follows, aptly so, the Spenserian form that is the least popular sonnet form, behind the Petrarchan and Shakespearean forms.  In this, the Spenserian form, … Continue reading Celebrating Poetry in April: 12. Edmund Spenser, Easter