Did you know that April is National Poetry Month? The word poetry comes from the Greek word poieo, meaning “I create,” and is a genre of literature in which special intensity is given to the expression of feelings and ideas by the use of distinctive sounds and rhythm. No one is exactly sure when poetry was first created, but it is believed the earliest forms of poetry were chants and prayers that were passed down orally. However, The Epic of Gilgamesh, the Odyssey, and the Iliad are considered some of the earliest forms of written poetry.
The wonderful thing about poetry is that it comes in many different styles and forms. Poetry is important to life and culture. If we’re writing poetry, it allows us to express our thoughts in feelings. If we’re reading poetry, it allows us to connect and find unity in our shared experiences. It also allows us to view different experiences of others and may give us a deeper sense of understanding and empathy for the world around us.
So whether you just want to relax and enjoy other people’s expressions of language or you want to try to write a poem for yourself, CCPL has some wonderful resources in the world of poetry.