“Be strong, saith my heart; I am a soldier;
I have seen worse sights than this.”
– Homer, The Odyssey
Celebrating National Poetry Month.
“When power leads man towards arrogance, poetry reminds him of his limitations,” President John F. Kennedy said in the fall of 1963, memorializing poet Robert Frost at Amherst College. “When power corrupts, poetry cleanses.” It is important for our children and us to appreciate, recite, and share poetry, not only because it’s perhaps the most enduring mode for transmitting human language and stories, but because across the ages poetry is also the most permanently beautiful expression of the human mind and soul. As April marks the 25th annual celebration of National Poetry Month, there needs to be a far, far greater commitment to teaching poetry across all of American education, from K-12 schooling to higher ed. To do our part in ensuring that learning process begins as early as possible, we’re offering a variety of resources to help parents, teachers, and schoolchildren, including: