Blogger: Etta Wilson
Location: Annapolis, MD
Weather: Low 70s and overcast
All week I’ve been thinking and blogging about poetry—its appeal to different ages, its forms, its seemingly universal origins. I don’t know if I’m any closer to a definition of what poetry is than I was on Monday, but the questions are a little clearer. Thanks to those of you who have responded and helped me in the process. Here, on this last day of Poetry Month, are some questions for us to ponder:
1. At what age do you remember reading your first poem? Do you remember what it was?
2. Is there any particular person, friend, family member or author, whom you associate with poetry?
3. Who is your favorite poet, excluding the Bible and Shakespeare?
4. Do you like poems with rhythm and rhyme or free verse? Poems with open-ended lines or not?
5. When did you last read poetry and what kind was it? How did it make you feel?
6. When did you last read poetry aloud to someone else?
That question may be edging toward the romantic, and I haven’t mentioned those great poets known for their romantic sentiment, Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning. For different reasons their work is hard to quote, but here are the first two lines from Robert’s “Never the Time and the Place”:
Never the time and the place/ And the loved one all together!
This path how soft to pace!/ This May–what magic weather!
Happy May Day.