National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month. It was inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996. Over the years, it has become the largest literary celebration in the world with schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets celebrating poetry’s vital place in our culture.

Here is a selection of some poetry books you can find in our library. There are many more titles in the 810’s and 811’s. If you need help, please don’t hesitate to ask our friendly staff!

Chicago Poems – Carl Sandburg
Sandburg’s first published book of poetry. Written in the poet’s unique, personal idiom, these poems embody a soulfulness, lyric grace, and a love of and compassion for the common man that earned Sandburg a reputation as a “poet of the people.”

Emerson: Poems – Ralph Waldo Emerson & Peter Washington
Ralph Waldo Emerson is one of the best-loved figures in nineteenth-century American literature. Though he earned his central place in our culture as an essayist and philosopher, since his death his reputation as a poet has grown as well.

Letter to My Daughter – Maya Angelou
Dedicated to the daughter she never had but sees all around her, Letter to My Daughter reveals Maya Angelou’s path to living well and living a life with meaning.

The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes – Langston Hughes & Ronald Rampersad
Spanning five decades and comprising over 800 poems, this magnificent volume is the definitive sampling of a writer who has been called the poet laureate of African America–and perhaps our greatest popular poet since Walt Whitman.

The Collected Poems of W.B. Yeats – W.B. Yeats
For anyone interested in the literature of the twentieth century, Yeats’ poetry demands to be read and read as a whole. This volume includes all of his published poetry, from the hauntingly beautiful early lyrics by which he is still best remembered, to the magnificent later work which put beyond question his status as the foremost poet of his age.

The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson – Emily Dickinson & Thomas H. Johnson
Though generally overlooked during her lifetime, Emily Dickinson’s poetry has achieved acclaim due to her experiments in prosody, her tragic vision and the range of her emotional and intellectual explorations.

The Complete Poetry – Maya Angelou
Throughout her illustrious career in letters, Maya Angelou gifted, healed, and inspired the world with her words. Now the beauty and spirit of those words live on in this new and complete collection of poetry that reflects and honors the writer’s remarkable life.

Young Romantics – Daisy Hay
Tells the story of the interlinked lives of the young English Romantic poets from an entirely fresh perspective―celebrating their extreme youth and outsize yearning for friendship as well as their individuality and political radicalism.

The Poetry of Robert Frost – Robert Frost & Edward Connery Lathem
No poet is more American than Robert Frost. From “The Road Not Taken” to “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening,” he refined and even defined our sense of what poetry is and what it can do.

-Claire

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