Archive for July, 2011
Finding time for anything, in these challenging times, is difficult. Sort out your priorities; decide what is most important; plan your day, but always leave time for art and beauty. Literature, paintings, music and poetry open our minds to different worlds, and can transport us away from the mundane and ordinary.
Introduce your children to the arts early in their lives. Read to them, take them to concerts, concerts in an outdoor setting are best for the very young, encourage Read the rest of this entry »
One poet we should all remember is Robert Louis Stevenson (1850 – 1894). One of his most known books of poetry is “A Child’s Garden Of Verses”, which was written specifically for children. One favorite poem included in this collection is “Bed In Summer,” that many people can still recite from memory. There are many other great poets including: Emily Dickinson, Dylan Thomas, Sylvia Plath, Elizabeth Bishop and others.
Free verse poetry became quite popular in the Twentieth Century, but it was around long before that Read the rest of this entry »
The fun of poetry comes from the joy of playing with words. The trick to enjoying it comes in how you approach it.
First, let go of the need to “figure out what it means.” Starting this way causes readers to miss what the poet is up to, leading to frustration instead of joyful exploration.
Instead, read this way:
1.Read the poem; just enjoy it, don’t try to understand it.
2.Read the poem again, but try to notice things this time. What Read the rest of this entry »
Oprah believes that everyone has a story to tell. Each and every one of us through our lives has some gift to share, if we so choose. It is no secret that Oprah loves Maya Angelou and her writings. Oprah featured Maya Angelou in the Oprah Winfrey Network series a Master Class. This documentary allowed Maya Angelou to share not only her writings but portions of her life that would be a benefit to all viewers. Maya Angelou is a poet and a teacher.
As a young child Maya Angelou experienced an awful event Read the rest of this entry »