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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Deer-Park Hermitage | A World of Poetry
Deer-Park Hermitage | A World of Poetry

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Deer-Park Hermitage There seems to be no one on the empty mountain... And yet I think I hear a voice, Where sunlight, entering a grove, Shines back to me from the green moss. - Wang Wei
China | A World of Poetry
China | A World of Poetry

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China The written form of Chinese poetry is believed to be over 22,000 years old. The first collection of Chinese poetry, The Book of Songs, was created between the 11th century and 2nd century B.C...
Chile: A Nation of Poets | A World of Poetry
Chile: A Nation of Poets | A World of Poetry

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Chile Chile has been called "a nation of poets." At a recent poetry convention in Chile, over 20,000 Chileans came to hear the work of poets from around the world. Two Chilean poets, Pablo Neruda and...
Africa, Part 3 | A World of Poetry
Africa, Part 3 | A World of Poetry

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Bicycle My frail little bicycle, The one with the scar, My sister Seabelo, Horse of the Europeans, Feet of tire, Iron horse, Swayer from side to side. - Hurutshe A scar is a thin tool bag attached to...
Japan, Part 1 | A World of Poetry
Japan, Part 1 | A World of Poetry

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The Japanese haiku is one of the most widely known forms of poetry in the world. Haiku, or "beginning verse," evolved from a 16th-century Japanese poetry form known as the "renga." Haiku is admired...
Africa, Part 1 | A World of Poetry
Africa, Part 1 | A World of Poetry

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Africa In Africa, the djelis (pronounced "jay-lee"), or storyteller, uses poetic rhythms and expression to tell stories. Like the Greek poet Homer, the djelis memorizes poems and is part of an oral...
William Gilmore Simms | S.C. Hall of Fame
William Gilmore Simms | S.C. Hall of Fame

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William Gilmore Simms was born in Charleston, South Carolina. He was a poet, novelist, and historian whose work was a major force in antebellum Southern literature. He was called one of America’s best...
Archibald Rutledge | S.C. Hall of Fame
Archibald Rutledge | S.C. Hall of Fame

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Archibald Rutledge was born October 23, 1883 in McClellanville, South Carolina. He grew up at Hampton Plantation on the South Santee River. In 1904, Rutledge began writing stories, poems, and magazine...