Poetry Month Is Almost Here Again.

Andrew Marvell
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The Time Is Nigh

This is just a short hub letting my friends and followers know that I am taking the Poetry Month Challenge and writing a poem or poetry related hub every day for the month of April.

Every year going on three years I have taken part in a Poetry Month Challenge where I try to write a poem a day for thirty days.

I usually only make it about 27 days into the month but that is of no consequence. I am trying again this year and I have many ideas and plans.

My excitement level is at an all time high and I can hardly hold my anxiety. Who would have thought that April would have such an effect on me.

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The First Year

The first year I took the challenge I decided to use the challenge as a way to familiarize myself with many different forms.

I centered most of my poetry around chores around the house and taking care of my children and included a few confessional type poems and science poems.

The beauty of this first Poetry Month was how much my knowledge of poetry grew and how much more confident I was with my poetry.

In reading books about meter and form I kept going back to my Paul Fussell book, an essay I am using for my first poetry month entry this year, and read about how writing limericks and sonnets was a great practice in the use of meter.

So I started writing sonnets and limericks and grew with every one written. Once your mind picks up the rhythm of the song it holds on tight, it is amazing what is achieved by this practice.


W.H. Auden
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The Second Year

While I was writing sonnets and limericks I was falling deeply in love with W.H. Auden. My mom bought me his collected poems for my birthday and I began to read them.

What wonders in Auden. He said that to him falling upon a rarely used metrical device within a poem was more exciting than incredible content. Not that he believed in bad content but he put more emphasis on form than content.

I found that I was a similar poet. I found I loved form and consider myself a formal poet. Not an outdated poet or a poet who refuses to write any confessional free verse, I have plenty free verse poems, but a poet who loves rhythm and meter.

I wrote more Haiku than normal during this poetry month and I added a new practice to my writing regiment. Where sonnets and limericks kept informing me of meter and rhythm, Haiku helped me become comfortable with my words and ideas.

Haiku is this wonderful syllabic tool to help find the shortest way to convey what I need to say.

This Year

I am going at this year with a little more in mind. I want to include essays on the act of writing poetry and everything I find interesting in the poetry world.

I hope to have a few good hubs intermixed with my poetry. Hopefully I can make it through the challenge and achieve my goal of thirty hubs.

I realize that since I am producing these hubs quickly they may not be the greatest quality and I apologize in advance. I will go back and make any changes later, after the challenge, if need be.

I get very anxious and determined during poetry month and so my reading of my friends and followers falls behind. This is even worse for me since I can hardly find the time to keep up as is. Hopefully my followers understand and realize that I will be coming back to read as much as I can when I can.

I hope that what I create will entertain and not be too boring.

Here on Hubpages!

There are some incredible poets here on Hubpages and I am grateful to be a part of such a family of writers.

I hope that many of you decide to join me this month and publish as many poems as you can. Let us fill the world with poetry in the month of April. Let us show everyone the power of our words.

I will keep an eye out for all of you and I hope that your April is as exciting as mine. Please feel free to comment on my poetry I will respond. Let me know whether you liked it or not, be critical, I will not be upset at all but thankful.

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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

Thanks so much for the reminder, Jamie! Oh, I truly love poetry month for that is when I first joined HP, and I was clueless that it was poetry month, and I thought, wow, these are serious poets here! That is how I met so many awesome poets. I know you will do well, and I will back you up with much support and will love reading your work! Thank you for sharing what you have done in the past too.

Up and more and sharing

Blessings,

Faith Reaper


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Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

This was very interesting. I will be reading you Jamie. Good luck, but I am sure you will do great.


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DDE 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Sounds a lovely thought and a happy one for all poets.


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jhamann 2 years ago from Reno NV Author

I am excited to see your comment Faith Reaper, Jackie Lynnley, and DDE. I appreciate your support greatly and I hope you enjoy the month as much as myself. Jamie


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teaches12345 2 years ago

I will be looking forward to reading all the wonderful poetry. Looks like you have quite a talent for writing verse. I enjoy reading all the inspirational and motivating poems posted on HP, such as yours. Best wishes during Poetry Month.


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jhamann 2 years ago from Reno NV Author

Thank you teaches12345 for your encouraging comments. I am glad to know that you will be reading and I hope you enjoy! Jamie


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Eiddwen 2 years ago from Wales

Thank you for sharing this hub Jamie; I am sharing my ignorance here as I knew nothing of poetry month but you have certainly given me something to think about now.

Enjoy your weekend my friend.

Eddy.


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jhamann 2 years ago from Reno NV Author

I feel that everyday is poetry day for you Eddy, and what beautiful poetry you create. Jamie


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Romeos Quill 2 years ago from Lincolnshire, England

Hi Jamie;

I trust you and your family are well.

Heard about this American version of poetry month which I think was set up in about 1996 to help bring poetry to a wider audience; a grand idea. Have been trying to promote, and reach, over the last nine months or so to increase folk's appreciation for the written word so hopefully, others may enjoy and be able to articulate their own intentions in the written word and verse ( basic communication, reading the Gospel etc... ) more succinctly, especially those who speak English as a second language, and going on some of the private letters received, there has been a modicum of success for the beneficiaries of such efforts, so it's always good to know that it can be of help, directly or indirectly.Your own approach to verse is interesting, though have to admit that although familiar with all of the forms, and some original creations, find that strict adherence to structure, offering style over content can stifle creativity, sometimes becoming more of a hindrance than a help. Writing for other poets and scribing for non-poets can present a sub-challenge and writing to reach both simultaneously can only improve the art. If the message is of grave import to the reader, then have to vote for content over style every time, as a staccato-like emotional approach can be perceived as quite anal and can serve to alienate the modern reader, or casually curious, fair-weather, prospective bard, bequeathing nought but chagrin for a word-meister.

Playing an instrument like the guitar gives one all of the rhyme and meter they'll ever need, it seems, and find imagination to be of more use than knowledge ( Einstein was right! )

I wish you every success in your April pursuits and look forward to reading your pieces; would love to participate if I can get hold of another computer before then (this early version of Windows I'm currently using just will not let me publish anything on HP at the present, so no longer doomed to feel all tragedies but my own lol! )

All the Best Jamie;

" Once more, unto the breach... "

R.Q. ( this time without the typos lol! )


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jhamann 2 years ago from Reno NV Author

I was and still am filled with joy when I read and reread you comment. Every once and awhile I recieve a comment that not only brings a smile to my face but finds itself embedding in my memory. Thank you Romeos Quills for your response. I hope to bring this up within my poetry month submissions, and I only speak for my own creative impulse, when I force form I am working towards what I call the beautiful accident. Of course content is key, but that sometimes can hinder my creativity, sometimes when I search for a rhyme and a reason I find the profound hiding under the rocks like a crayfish. Thank you again and I hope to be exchanging comments throughout April. Jamie


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

good luck as I see your rolling up your sleeves for such a challenge... :)


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jhamann 2 years ago from Reno NV Author

Thank you Frank I hope you are well. Jamie


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tobusiness 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

Jamie, I'm looking forward to reading some pure gems from you for this challenge. I haven't written much poetry recently, but I have started again, maybe I'll join you next April. Good luck and my best to you.


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phdast7 2 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Oh, Jaimie. I admire your enthusiasm and determination. And your poetry, of course. Truthfully, the idea of a poem a day just overwhelms me. :) I am more of a 3-4 poems a week, every fifth or sixth week sort of person. My teaching responsibilities have made it hard for me to write much of anything this past year. I need to try harder to find the time and space to write this year. In honor of poetry month, I will try to muster a poem or two. So glad you are full of excitement and enthusiasm for the coming challenge. Blessings. Theresa


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Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA

I participated in poetry month a couple of years ago but not much last year. I've been kind of dried up poetry-wise, but maybe I will be inspired by your poetry as well as that of others. I enjoyed reading about your poetry journey and the different things you have tried. Thanks!


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jhamann 2 years ago from Reno NV Author

Thank you Jo, Teresa, and Victoria Lynn for stopping by and sharing in my excitement. I have been blessed that the three of you have been around through this whole journey. Jamie


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Lady_E 2 years ago from London, UK

I hope you enjoyed the April Poetry Month. No doubt, you inspired all your readers. I should catch up with your poems sometime.


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jhamann 2 years ago from Reno NV Author

It was very enjoyable and a little hard, but I made it to the end and I am happy with the results. Jamie

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