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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What Is Haiku? What Are the Rules?
What Is Haiku? What Are the Rules?

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What Is Haiku? "Simply what is happening in this place at this moment." - Matsuo Basho Traditional haiku describes a moment in time using words that awaken the senses. Matsuo Basho, a famous haiku...
Grace Freeman | Poets Laureate
Grace Freeman | Poets Laureate

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Grace Freeman S.C. Poet Laureate 1985 - 1986 Grace Freeman was named poet laureate of South Carolina by Governor Dick Riley in 1985. Grace was born in Greenville County, and her poems, stories, plays...
Ennis Rees | Poets Laureate
Ennis Rees | Poets Laureate

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Ennis Rees S.C. Poet Laureate 1984 - 1985 In 1984, Ennis Rees was named the third poet laureate of South Carolina by Governor Dick Riley. At the time, Ennis had been an English professor at the...
Helen von Kolnitz Hyer | Poets Laureate
Helen von Kolnitz Hyer | Poets Laureate

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Helen von Kolnitz Hyer S.C. Poet Laureate 1974 - 1983 Like Archibald Rutledge, Helen von Kolnitz Hyer had a calling to be a poet at a very young age. As a girl, she memorized poems from her aunt's...
Archibald Rutledge | Poets Laureate
Archibald Rutledge | Poets Laureate

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Archibald Rutledge S.C. Poet Laureate 1936-1949 It has been said that "Archie" Rutledge was a born poet. He composed his first piece of poetry at the age of three. It exists in print to this very day...
What Is a Poet Laureate? | Poets Laureate
What Is a Poet Laureate? | Poets Laureate

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Poets Laureate of England The tradition of employing a poet as "poet laureate" began with the royalty of England in the 16th century. Poets laureate held an official position in the royal court. The...
Emily Dickinson | Poetry All-Stars
Emily Dickinson | Poetry All-Stars

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Emily Dickinson 1830 - 1886 Emily Dickinson rarely left her home in Massachusetts, and her connection to the outside world was usually through letter writing. But Dickinson's creativity seemed to...
Pat Mora | Poetry All-Stars
Pat Mora | Poetry All-Stars

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Pat Mora (1942 - ) Pat Mora is a writer of numerous children's books of poetry and prose. Mora is a native of El Paso, Texas and her work often features local interests, such as her family, the...