14 Classic Poems To Reread For National Poetry Month, Because You Know It's Your Favorite Month Of The Year

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This April, poets and poetry lovers everywhere will join together in cracking open their favorite notebooks and anthologies in celebration of the 20th anniversary of National Poetry Month — a yearly, month-long appreciation of poetry and the amazing writers who compose it. In honor of the month of festivities, I’ve compiled some of my favorite classic poems to reread for National Poetry Month, just for you. Hopefully, they are (or will become!) a few of your favorites as well.

In the two decades since the Academy of American Poets inaugurated National Poetry Month, in 1996, it has become the largest literary celebration in the world, complete with public readings, activities for students, and a calendar of daily ways to celebrate poetry all month long (my personal favorite is Poem In Your Pocket Day — which, in my life, is sometimes every day.) The celebration even has its own hashtag (like you’re surprised) so be sure to head over to Twitter during the month of April to mark all your National Poetry Month tweets with #npm16, and learn what poetic tweeters all over the world are doing as well.

Here are 14 classic poems to reread for National Poetry Month. Now get to reading!

1. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost

— Robert Frost, Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

2. Caged Bird by Maya Angelou

— Maya Angelou, Caged Bird

3. “Hope” is the thing with feathers by Emily Dickinson

— Emily Dickinson, “Hope” is the thing with feathers

4. Blackberrying by Sylvia Plath

— Sylvia Plath, Blackberrying

5. Song of Myself (1) by Walt Whitman

— Walt Whitman, Song of Myself

6. Annabel Lee be Edgar Allan Poe

— Edgar Allan Poe, Annabel Lee

7. [i carry your heart with me (i carry it in)] by e. e. cummings

— e. e. cummings, [ i carry your heart with me (i carry it in)]

8. The Charge of the Light Brigade by Lord Alfred Tennyson

— Lord Alfred Tennyson, The Charge of the Light Brigade

9. Howl (excerpt) by Allen Ginsberg

— Allen Ginsberg, Howl

10. Harlem by Langston Hughes

— Langston Hughes, Harlem

11. “I think I should have loved you presently” by Edna St. Vincent Millay

— Edna St. Vincent Millay, " I think I should have loved you presently"

12. I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud by William Wordsworth

— William Wordsworth, I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud

13. Hyperion (excerpt) by John Keats

— John Keats, Hyperion

14. What Kind of Times Are These by Adrienne Rich

— Adrienne Rich, What Kind of Times Are These

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