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The UK’s National Poetry Day — Oct. 4th

Oct. 4th, 2018 is National Poetry Day in the UK (America celebrates Poetry Month in April so I may be back on this topic then). I don’t write poetry. You can see in this list of how-to-write-poetry tips why. In short, it requires too much thought for my brain–you have to put so much meaning into just a few words.

If you write poetry on a computer or would like to share it with friends, here are some great sites you might like to visit (remember: I teach K-8 so my resources tend to focus on that age group):

  1. Classical Poems for Kids
  2. Crocodile’s Toothache–video of a Shel Silverstein poem
  3. Famous Children’s Poems
  4. Favorite Poem Project
  5. Glossary of Poetry Terms
  6. Kids Magnetic Poetry
  7. Magnetic Haiku poetry
  8. Poetry Engine—writes poem for you
  9. Poetry for Kids
  10. Poets reading their own poetry–from the National Archives
  11. Rhyming Dictionary–find words that rhyme for poetry
  12. Shel Silverstein’s poetry website
  13. TED: Why Poetry (video)
  14. Word Mover--create poetry using pieces of existing poemsnational poetry day

If you’re an iPad person, try these:

  1. Diamante Poems
  2. Acrostic Poems (iPad – Free)
  3. Poems by Heart From Penguin Classics (iPad – Free with in-app purchases)
  4. Shakespeare’s Sonnets (iPad – fee)
  5. POETRY From The Poetry Foundation (iPad, Android – Free)
  6. Haiku Poem (iPad – Free)
  7. Word Mover app for iPad

What are you doing to celebrate National Poetry Day?


Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers, and Born in a Treacherous Timefirst in the Man vs. Nature saga. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, an Amazon Vine Voice,  a columnist for NEA Today and TeachHUBmonthly contributor to Today’s Author and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. You can find her books at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning. Look for her upcoming trilogy, Crossroads, eta Spring 2019.

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36 thoughts on “The UK’s National Poetry Day — Oct. 4th

  1. Jacqui,

    Although I’ve written a few pieces of poetry, I don’t consider myself a poet. Like you, it requires too much energy to compose deep meaning through limited words/lines. I’m a talker verbally or in writing. But…I am taking more stabs at creating poems because I admire those who can craft such an art with few words that convey so much.

    I certainly appreciate the resources you’ve shared in this post and I’m going to save this link so I can come back to it for more thought processing. That’s just not going to happen this morning no matter how many cups of coffee I have thanks to this stupid headache.

    Anywho, I’ll be sure to share this with my Twitter followers. Have a furtastic weekend, my friend!

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  2. Hi Jacqui – I really need to do a course on poetry and poets … so that I can understand a bit more – it’s a lacking space … one day perhaps – but I do have a few poetry books here – intentionally bought so I can read the poems and get some inside idea … cheers Hilary

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  3. While I write poetry, I wouldn’t yet call myself a poet because I don’t work on the craft – I write when it spills out of me – all to mixed reviews. I think poetry is more subjective than other genre’s – some poetry that is considered ‘profound’ by some, baffles me…

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  4. As still someone very new to writing poetry I am in awe of all poets – the craft is so unlike short stories and novels. Incredibly stimulating, exciting … frustrating! Many thanks for the great selection of poetic sites here, Jacqui and perfect for the speical day. I’m heading over to check some out!

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  5. Thank you Jaqui for reminding us that is is National Poetry month.
    Whether you write poetry or fiction you have to engage brain and heart.
    Somehow for me the words seem to come out as poetry.

    Takes a lot of patience to write a book.😊.

    Hurrah to poetry today though

    miriam

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