Whether you enjoy the sweet sonnets of Shakespeare or the beautiful simplicity of a Haiku, poetry is a magnificent form of creative writing that deserves to be celebrated! As a young writer I was constantly inspired by poets and the world that they build using different forms and devices. As an adult, it does not surprise me in the least to know that the entire month of April is celebrated as National Poetry Month! As a result, I didn’t want to miss the opportunity to share some of my favorite poems. I am hopeful that you will love them as much as I do!
1. “I am not Yours.” Sara Teasdale
2. “I carry your heart with me” by E.E. Cummings
3. “XVII (I do not love you…)” by Pablo Neruda
4. “O Captain, My Captain” by Walt Whitman
5. “My Wanton Secret Heart” by Carol Miller Scoggins
It is my hope that this list inspires you to read poetry, to write poetry or to live poetry however you see fit.
Blogger’s Note: For those of you who may not be familiar with author number five, allow me a few words of explanation. Author Carol Scoggins is a poet who published a book of collected works back in 2007. Her poems range in content as well as style, but she certainly can wield a pen better than almost anyone. Her poetic voice is timeless, elegant and lush with a wonderful appreciation for the reality of life as well as the beauty of dreams. She is above all my favorite author and always will be.