National Poetry Month: A World of Poetry | Periscope

Poetry is a language spoken around the world.

Although you may not regularly sit down and read poetry, chances are you are exposed to some form of it every day. Do you jump rope? If you do, you may sing a song like this to keep your feet moving.

Down by the seashore, down by the sea,
Johnny broke a bottle and blamed it on me.
I told ma, ma told pa,
Johnny got a spanking, ha-ha-ha!

If you jump rope, sing or rap, you are participating in a form of language art that has been around for thousands of years! Recently, poetry has been reinvented through poetry "slams." At poetry slams, poets perform to a lively, critical audience. But, no matter what form poetry takes, all poems use words to express ideas, feelings, thoughts and images.

National Poetry Month is celebrated in April each year.

 

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Marjorie Wentworth - Author | The Big Picture
Marjorie Wentworth - Author | The Big Picture

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Meet Marjory Wentworth, one of the state’s most underappreciated artists. Wentworth, who is a poet laureate, discusses what exactly a poet laureate is. She completely breaks the expectations of what a...
Langston Hughes | Poetry All-Stars
Langston Hughes | Poetry All-Stars

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What Is a Poet Laureate? | Poets Laureate
What Is a Poet Laureate? | Poets Laureate

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What Is Haiku? What Are the Rules?
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Archibald Rutledge | Poets Laureate
Archibald Rutledge | Poets Laureate

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Around the World with Poetry | A World of Poetry
Around the World with Poetry | A World of Poetry

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