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National Poetry Month

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

This is our assignment for the Aspire and Inspire sparkteam:
April is National Poetry Month. Do you enjoy reading or writing poetry? What types do you like? Share a few poems that are meaningful to you.

To be honest, I haven’t read much poetry since English classes in high school. The poem that stands out in my mind as a favorite is one that I memorized in ninth grade. It is “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost:

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

There is one kind of poetry that I have read some as an adult, and that is haiku. Haiku is a type of non-rhyming Japanese poetry based on 17 syllables.

Here is an example of a haiku:

I have written haiku before, and it is fun to write.
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