Daily Archives: April 28, 2012

April 28: Great Poetry Reading Day

Today is Great Poetry Reading. Here’s a few ideas to get you started.

Classic: Shakespeare’s “Sonnet 18” (a.k.a. “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day”)

Masterful: John Donne’s “Holy Sonnet 14” (a.k.a. “Batter my heart, three person’d God”)

Modern and Fun: Billy Collin’s “Another Reason Why I Don’t Keep a Gun in the House” (You can read it in Sailing Alone Around the Room.)

Even more up-to-date: Make your own! Sitting down with a paper and pen is great, but magnetic poetry is pretty fun too!

You can also check out the intricate construction of the ancient Hebrew acrostic found in Psalm 119, starting:

“Blessed are they whose ways are blameless,
who walk according to the law of the LORD.”

Psalm 119:1