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The UK’s National Poetry Day — Oct. 1st

Oct. 1, 2020 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.

Online Sites

If you write poetry, here are some great sites you might like to visit (I teach K-8 so my resources tend to focus on that age group):

  1. A to Z genres in poetry
  2. Classical Poems for Kids
  3. Crocodile’s Toothache–video of a Shel Silverstein poem
  4. Famous Children’s Poems
  5. Favorite Poem Project
  6. Fizzy Funny Fuzzy Poetry
  7. Glossary of Poetry Terms
  8. Holiday Poem Generator (in Word, Excel, more)
  9. Kids Magnetic Poetry
  10. Make-your-own magnetic poetry with Google Drawings
  11. Poetry 180: A Poem a Day for American High Schools
  12. Poetry Engine—writes poem for you
  13. Poetry for Kids
  14. Poets reading their own poetry–from the National Archives
  15. Rhyming Dictionary–find words that rhyme for poetry
  16. Shel Silverstein’s poetry website
  17. TED: Why Poetry (video)
  18. Word Mover--create poetry using pieces of existing poemspoetry tips

Favorite Blogging Poets

Here are some of my favorite blogging poets:

Bette A. Stevens, Maine Author--oh my, how she shares the beauty of Maine is amazing

Emotional Shadows–with Balroop, where all emotions are cared for

DL Finn, Author--I didn’t know Denise wrote poetry until I read this post; just lovely

Robbie’s Inspiration — Robbie writes poetry and fiction, both with her own personal voice

My Window–poetry is how Miriam shares her life

What are you doing to celebrate National Poetry Day?

More on poetry

Yemenite Jewish Poetry

Epic Poetry

15 Tips for Writing Poetry

More about Poetry–what is it, its origins, why learn it

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 Man vs. Nature saga, and the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, blog webmaster, an Amazon Vine Voice,  a columnist for NEA Today, and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. Look for her next prehistoric trilogy, Dawn of Humanity, starting with Laws of Nature, Fall 2021. 

41 thoughts on “The UK’s National Poetry Day — Oct. 1st

    • I do too–and also wasn’t good at it. Poetry says so much in so few words.

      Kate, what’s the best way to stay in touch with you? I follow your blog, FB, Twitter. I joined the NaNoWriMo prep group last year but I didn’t participate much. I’m more of the silent watching type!


  1. I could have used all of your resources while I was still teaching. I have an appreciation for those who can write poetry, but it’s never been something I’ve enjoyed that much. I have several memories of having to try and interpret poetry that I didn’t understand.

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  2. Some years back I got into writing poetry. It was soon after my mother died and most of my poems were about my life. I read lots of books about poetry and had a few favorite poets. I had a friend who was a very good poet, was part of the poetry scene, and did poetry slams. I think I got up in front of people once and read my poetry.

    I think I wrote one good poem about sailing and another about my mother when she was sick. That interest soon faded and I haven’t written any poetry since. Now just trying to write a blog post is hard enough.

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  3. I didn’t know it’s a National Poetry Day of U.K. Thank you for the mention Jacqui and many thanks for the link, I am delighted that I am one of your favorites. I’m also happy that I have announced the ‘coming soon’ of my new poetry book today. 🙂

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  4. Today is happy day for building the peaceful world through poetry reciting. For this I write this. Please read this for integrity.

    Peaceful World
    -Dr. Md. Rahimullah Miah

    Some people do not want to bring peace to the world
    only one person can bring peace together
    awakening of the sleeping nation,
    To build a great union of peace.

    No matter how much terror, disease and grief come
    And obstacles,
    Cyber hackers’ misdeeds with sensor technology,
    Momentary loss to the nation through false propaganda,
    If everyone is together with peace agenda.

    The attachment of peace of the people will be strong.
    We will overcome fear and bring joy,
    Until the victory of peace comes,
    This world will be peaceful,
    Surely there will be among all.

    There will be no misuse of technology–
    Peace will come to all.
    That day is not far away,
    The day when everyone will be reunited
    With the leadership of one,
    Build the habitable world—the nest of peace for all.

    -Dr. Md. Rahimullah Miah (Poet and Researcher)
    Head, Department of IT in Health
    Northeast Medical College and Hospital
    Affiliated with Sylhet Medical University
    Sylhet, Bangladesh.
    Cell: +8801720477740.

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