The Compulsive Reader: April is Poetry Month!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

April is Poetry Month!

I had almost forgotten that April is Poetry Month (how? I do not know...) when I stumbled across one of my favorite Edna St. Vincent Millay poems. I thought I'd share it here with you:

by Edna St. Vincent Millay

To what purpose, April, do you return again?
Beauty is not enough.
You can no longer quiet me with the redness
Of little leaves opening stickily.
I know what I know.
The sun is hot on my neck as I observe
The spikes of the crocus.
The smell of the earth is good.
It is apparent that there is no death.
But what does that signify?
Not only under ground are the brains of men
Eaten by maggots.
Life in itself
Is nothing,
An empty cup, a flight of uncarpeted stairs.
It is not enough that yearly, down this hill,
Comes like an idiot, babbling and strewing flowers.

(Taken from The Poetry Foundation, http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/173994.)

What are some of your favorite poems?

(And keep an eye out for a post on some of my favorite YA books in verse!)

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