National Poetry Month

Celebrate National Poetry Month with a visit to some well-known poets, several of our South Carolina Poets Laureate, a bit of information about the rules for writing haiku, and much more!

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Reynolds Price | Writer's Workshop
Reynolds Price | Writer's Workshop

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Reynolds Price (February 1, 1933 – January 20, 2011) The author of A Long and Happy Life and The Surface of Earth explains his own writing methods, from work schedules and revision, to his aversion...
Stephen Spender | Writer's Workshop
Stephen Spender | Writer's Workshop

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Stephen Spender (28 February 1909 – 16 July 1995) "Students regard reading as a kind of inferior activity which no one who is writing has to indulge in. And that's ridiculous, I think." For young...
James Dickey | Writer's Workshop
James Dickey | Writer's Workshop

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James Dickey (February 2, 1923 – January 19, 1997) In an interview laced with humor and illustrations from the works of other artists, Dickey examines the elements of poetry, compares novels to movies...
Kwame Dawes | A Literary Tour of South Carolina
Kwame Dawes | A Literary Tour of South Carolina

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Born in Ghana in 1962, Kwame Dawes grew up and spent his early adult life in Jamaica. Dawes is a Distinguished Poet-In-Residence, Louis Frye Scudder Professor of Liberal Arts, and Founder/Executive...
Garcia Lorca | Artopia
Garcia Lorca | Artopia

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Illustration by Maria Manhattan García Lorca was born Federico García Lorca on June 5, 1898, in Fuente Vaqueros in the Spanish province of Granada. As a child, he expressed his creativity and vivid...
Comparisons, Part 2 | Tools of the Trade
Comparisons, Part 2 | Tools of the Trade

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So, Tom used simile and metaphor in his poem. He even gave it a name! Small Victory Like enormous snails a bunch of munching cows cross the road, chewing their cuds as green, gloppy paste drips from...
Comparisons, Part 1 | Tools of the Trade
Comparisons, Part 1 | Tools of the Trade

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Michael Carey's two most basic tools for saying more with less are simile and metaphor. Michael teaches that these tools of comparison add even more meaning to a poem. A simile is a comparison that...
Rhythm and Line Breaks | Tools of the Trade
Rhythm and Line Breaks | Tools of the Trade

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Rhythm and Line Breaks There are even more ways that Tom Slack can improve on his word "painting." Michael Carey teaches that rhythm and line breaks are basic tools that add meaning to poems. Like a...