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April 28th is Great Poetry Reading Day

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If you're looking for something to do today then get ready to explore the world of rhyme because it's Great Poetry Reading Day!  OK, I guess it doesn't have to rhyme!  Let's get right into celebrating Great Poetry Reading Day!

WHY IS THIS A HOLIDAY?  

Today is a holiday because poetry has touched us all in one way or another, whether we realize it or not. Because we actually hear poetry almost every single day. That's right; song lyrics are poetry too! But today is set aside so that we'll spend a day reading some great poetry to reflect on the meanings of the words.  And poetry is hardly a new thing; it appears that old texts use to be written in poetic verse in order to make it easier to remember and read it to other people. Try it out yourself. If you are having hard time remembering something then repeat it in a rhythmic form, over and over again.

Texts that use this style of writing are the Odyssey and the Vedas, which dates back to 1700 to 1200 BC! And one of the oldest poems that we have today is the Epic of Gilgamesh.  Poetry has many forms, some of which have very strict rules. I'm not a fan of those rules but I am a fan of poetry that rhymes. To me it just flows better, but your poetry doesn't have to rhyme at all. It can be descriptive literature that helps paint a picture in your mind without a single word that rhymes. Now I like to have a nice rhythm without a strict meter but I do count syllables when I write. And some of the most common forms of poetry that I'm sure you've heard of are sonnets, haikus, odes and limericks.  Which form do you like best?

HOW TO CELEBRATE 

So how can you celebrate today?  Well, you can head to your local library or look online for some classic poetry written by some great writers. They don't have to be famous writers, but dig deep for the good stuff! I'm sure you'll be able to relate to some of it, even if it doesn't mean to you what it meant to the author. That's the beauty of poetry; there are so many different ways to interpret the words.

Or you can write some poetry yourself and then give it to someone else to read. You may not be a brilliant writer, but you definitely have something to say. And that's what it's all about; getting your message out there. Even if it's about something horrible that happened to you, poetry just seems to make it easier to swallow. There's something about the rhythm and the beauty in the words that turns even the biggest disasters into art.  And if you hate this day and think that it's dumb. Well, I've got something to say, "I think I just won!" Because even if you don't want to celebrate today by reading these words you've been forced to obey. You've just read a poem, that to me is a joke, but I hope you enjoy your day and the words that I wrote.





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