April is National Poetry Month

Poetry comes in many different styles. No matter what your taste is, there is a poem for you. Poetry can be serious and thoughtful, or humorous and fun. Poems can be in the form of ballads, sonnets, light verse or free verse. Poems often rhyme, but they don’t have to. Poetry can be interesting to read, and enjoyable to write.

Poetry is an art form, just like painting or singing. There are poems in all of us just waiting to be coaxed onto paper. Are you a poet and don’t know it? Learn more about reading and writing poetry, read sample poems, study poetry terms, and find additional resources at http://www.knowledgehouse.info/njfkpoetry.html.

If ever there were a “Poet Laureate” for homeschoolers, it surely would be the early 20th century poet Edgar Guest! He wrote about the joys of home and family, motherhood and fatherhood, the virtues of honest labor and plain living. His poems really make you feel the love of family and a true appreciation of poetry. His down-to-earth verse is easy to read with traditional rhyme and rhythm – no “hifalutin” free verse or need to decipher hidden meanings.

I’ve put together a collection of my favorite poems by Edgar Guest. Download the 50-page e-book here. It’s a great resource for reading aloud, memorization, recitation, copywork, or just for fun. Enjoy!

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