“Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words.” -Robert Frost
A lot of us have had a lot of free time on our hands this April, and it is also National Poetry Month. I have not been much of a poetry reader until this past year, but I feel like I’ve gained a lot from my time with the genre. It’s during the dark times in life that a good work of poetry can lift you up. It shifts your perspective in a way few other art forms can manage. You don’t have to read everything in one sitting, but what I have found with poetry is that you can get a lot out of a couple minutes of reading. Here are a few works that I think anyone can pick up and enjoy when starting their journey into one of the most beloved forms of writing.
Online Poetry Collections
- Poetry Archive
- Library of Congress’ Archive of Recorded Poetry and Literature
- The Poetry Foundation
- Project Gutenberg
Ultimately, I think the best way to get into poetry is to follow your interest. Explore as many authors as you can, and develop your own taste. I especially recommend anthologies as they give you a wide berth of authors to sample. For more info on National Poetry Month, visit Poets.org.