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The reasons why we should write poetry:an acrostic poem for National Poetry Month

Updated on June 4, 2013

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This being National Poetry Month, It is time to pay great poets old and of the present time the respect that has been long overdue. In small and greater ways, the beauty of their poetry has brought much needed meaning to the lives of those who read, or have read, their work.

Much is to be said about the power of the poem and the benefits of writing it. Many turn to writing poetry for a reasons that indicate poetry’s obvious therapeutic benefits.

So what are these benefits and who are some poets who have made a difference in our lives?


The benefits of writing poetry

Poetry, indeed, brings writers and readers benefits for the mind and body One has to realize the power of the healing word, and healthy effects that it has on minds.

So what are these benefits that seem so elusive?

Poetry encompasses many topics.

Observe what is around you, and anything that catches your eye can be the subject of a poem. You can create a haiku based on a flower or even a pair of socks that you come across! A good example is this wonderful poem by Dana Teresa. Everything there is can be fodder for poetry.

The bounds are few for the poem.

It does not take many resources to write a poem.

All that it takes to write a poem is a paper and a pen. In the case of this digital day and age, it merely takes your keyboard.

A poem can be written anywhere.

With that paper and pen, you can write a poem straight away on the things that you observe and what strikes you. Modern technology like the IPAD makes the process even easier!

Poetry is a form of communication and self-expression.

What is difficult to say aloud can easily be put into words. Thoughts are better expressed when translated into the form we see on paper, on in the case of today, on the computer’s screen.

Subject matter that can be difficult to broach verbally can better be done via the pen, or the keyboard.

It enables a person to free his mind.

All of us can relate to the feeling have having many things on our minds that frustrate us. When we do not know what to do about these, there is a simple solution: turn to the poem!

The thoughts may be about the beauty of things that come to mind everyday, like Julie Hogg’s

lovely acrostic poem on the garden she sees out of her window.

Poetry helps people to connect.

Poetry is a way for people to say “Aha! I can relate to this situation,” or “Oh yes, I understand the feeling completely.” It helps people to relate to one another and to forge empathy with others who may be in similar situations or trying to understand it.

We know how a simple poem can teach us about bettering our perspectives of life.

Do read this excellent write on the subject by Rasma Raisters.

Poetry helps us to understand things with a more rounded perspective.

When we write poems, we often end up having to look at things from more rounded perspectives, and dig deeper. For example, we start off writing a poem about cats and the way they behave. In so doing, we end up covering their symbolism, and consider the emotional void in our lives that pets can fill. We have loads of room in verses to play around with perspectives.

We learn to look at things with a good sense of humor! Examples are great limericks from MHatter99.

Poetry makes good conversation.

Poetry can make good conversation topics. This is perhaps why we connect over coffee and readings at poetry slams. Because poetry can be about anything, we can, well, sustain a conversation about anything!

Poetry is calming.

Poetry is known for having benefits for one’s mental health, and there is growing interest in poetry as a balm for hurt minds.

Writing a poem in solitude gives one time to consider things from a calmer perspective and perhaps to address pending emotional issues. Writing a poem in solitude can be a healing wonder for the soul.

Because we can express on paper what can be difficult verbally or in thought, this externalization can help us to let go of any burdensome baggage and move towards a state of healing.


Some great poets to be remembered

Many poets could not have become great poets without having read poems from some of these masters. Here are a few short tributes to them.

William Shakespeare

Now how could there be an article about poetry without mentioning this man? Baptized in 1564, Shakepseare left us a lasting legacy of dramas and sonnets that enable him to be hailed as the greatest writer of the English Language who was. He was also the world’s pre eminent dramatist.

After marrying Anne Hathaway and having three children, Susanna and twins Hamnet and Judith, Shakespeare left Stratford upon Avon to become a successful actor, poet and dramatist. He was also a businessman and part owner of a playing company known as the Lord Chamberlain’s Men.

Other than being the playwright of Romeo and Juliet, he was also known for his bawdy sonnets. An example of this are the Procreation Sonnets, where a young man is encouraged to marry so that he can have children to immortalize his beauty.


John Donne (1572-1631)

A metaphysical poet, Donne was also a lawyer and cleric for the newly formed Church of England. His metaphysical poems include sonnets, love poems, religious poems, elegies, satires and his sermons.

We know a Donne poem when we read one. His style is characterized by paradox, abrupt openings and irony.

Perhaps his most memorable is from Meditations 17, For Whom the Bell Tolls. It speaks starkly of how we are all connected and greatly need one another.


John Keats (1795 to 1821)

A romantic poet who was a prominent figure at the time with others like Lord Byron and Percy Percy Bysshe Shelley, his work was only published four years before his death.

His work was not well-received in during his life, but his reputation grew after he passed on. By the end of the 19th Century, he had become one of the greatest poets of the romantic era,

Keats work was characterised by sensual, visual imagery, mostly in his series of Odes, like Ode to Autumn and Ode to a Grecian Urn. He struggled with money, and his poem, On First Looking into Chapman’s Homer, speaks about his struggles and trying to make it independently.


Ted Hughes (1930 - 1998)

An English Poet and a writer, Hughes was a British poet laureate till the time of his death. He was married to American poet Sylvia Plath from 1958 till she committed suicide at the age of 30. His role in their relationship was controversial to some feminist admirers of Plath. His work, Birthday Letters, explores their relationship.

Much of Hughes work was rooted in nature and the innocent savagery of animals. Through his work, he also explored the issue of the survival of the fittest, giving his poems a style that was empathic and powerful. His later works were more bardic, still with an ecological viewpoint.


Sylvia Plath (1932 to 1963)

The young Plath was credited with advancing the genre of Confessional Poetry, the poetry of the personal, and addressing subject matter that was taboo at the time. Together with other American poets like Robert Lowell, John Berryman and Anne Sexton, Plath, in her short life, helped to redefine American Poetry.

Best known are her collections, The Colossus and Other Poems, and Ariel. Her marriage to Ted Hughes and death were subjects of controversy.


A generation of modern poets

Other than Dana ,Rasma and MHatter 99 who have already mentioned above, we have in our midst a group of talented poets who bring fresh perspectives and ideas to the writing table. These are a few of them, and links to their work.

Laurinzo Scott

Laurinzo is passionate about writing, and this clearly shows in his poems on love. Some of his work is showcased here.

Docmo Kumar

Other than being a doctor, Docmo is also a wonderful music lyricist and master of the poetic form. He has written several wonderful sestinas as well as music lyrics you can easily jive to. Do read some of his work here.

Rick Stephen

RIck writes wonderful poems on nature and love. A passionate poet, do visit his profile to experience some of his work.

Audrey Howitt

Audrey’s beautiful use of imagery and ability to address a myriad of subjects with the poetic word is showcased in each of her poems. Do take the time to read this talented lady’s work.

Eddiwen Jones

Known as Eiddwen, Eddy writes beautiful, moving poems about nature that must be read early in the morning. Do take the time to share the wonder of nature with her.

Daisy Mariposa

A writer of educational articles and an expert on crafts, Daisy also writes beautiful poems. Do read read her wonderful explanation of poetry forms and some of her thoughtful haiku.

Linda Bilyeu

Hubpages ever present ray of Sunshine writes great lists that motivate and educate. She is also a poet, and writes nature haiku as well as some on non traditional subjects-musicians like Keith Urban and Elvis Presley! Do visit her articles here.

Lurana Brown

She pens under the name of Mrs Browns Parlour, and she writes beautiful, thought provoking poems. Do read some of them here.

Deborah Brooks

Deborah writes lovely, thought provoking love poetry. Do see some of her work here!

Jackie Lynnley

Jackie offers a list of poems to love and nature that must be read. Do read some of them here.


This brilliant poet writes wonderful verses with meaning to touch the heart. His poetry promises to be a thought provoking, wonderful reads. Do read some of his verses here.


Jo writes wonderful verses, both blank and in form. She also writes limericks that promise to make you jump with laughter! Do read some of her work here.


Whonunuwho brilliantly addresses the wonder of life in his poetry with poignance and finesse. Many of these wonderful verses can be found here.


Valleypoet's poems are wonderful takes on nature and the truth of life. Do read some of them here.

Dreamseeker 2

Dreamseeker writes wonderful, thought provoking poems on life and nature. Do read some of them here!

This list is by no means exhausted! Do celebrate National Poetry Month with these poets.

Amy Becherer

Amy makes empathic, powerful statements with each poem she writes. Her work promises to be thought provoking and wonderful. Do read it here.


Our musicologist and poet!


Susan writes wonderful poems and haiku and nature.


A poem for poets : an acrostic poem for national poetry month

No ties bind the boundless mind

All cosmos capture in fell swoop of line;

Tiny verses shape all thought,

Iconic words say what we ought;

Our soul bared in words we share,

No holds barred, with truth, we dare

Always with a ready word

Loving reflections, that must be heard.

Pieces of the world, are our minds

Orifice through which we shine

Eddies of power are our quotes,

Taken to heart, what we just wrote;

Relational is our poignant verse

Your bruised soul, it serves to nurse

May we always comfort with the pen,

Only heal with our poet's hands;

No doubt create with our verse

Tension, not, with words too terse;

Heal with words of wisdom.


May all of us who love writing poetry touch the hearts of others with our pen, and bring to them words of truth and healing. Happy National Poetry Month!

Copyright Michelle Liew Tsui-Lin All Rights Reserved


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      Terrie Lynn 14 months ago from Canada

      Hi Michelle. I love your poems and what you did with national poetry month is very cool. I enjoy your work very much.

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      Jocelyn Rain 3 years ago from Pennsylvania

      As a poet, it's always nice to see somebody else who values poetry as much as i do. I looked up all the poets I wasn't already familiar with and found some lovely pieces. This inspired me to write, not just acrostic but i've been slacking the past few days.

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Kasman! Finding space to think creatively is so important, isn't it? Thanks for sharing! I'm glad to connect!

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      Kas 5 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Being a songwriter I tend to think of poems with a melody in my head. Sometimes they end up being just a poem, but oh how glorious it can become. Speaking of freeing your mind, I need to go do that tomorrow and write a new song. I loved this hub because it reminded me of my love of music and writing in general. Voting up, sharing!

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Thost!

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      thost 5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Interesting Hub, thank you, and happy Poetry Month.

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Mary! Ah, the favorite form of poetry. Thanks for sharing!

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Erica, and welcome to Hubpages! Looking forward to getting to know you!

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      What would writing be without poetry? I remember as a young child, Joyce Kilmer's poem "Trees". That was the beginning for me. From the Psalms in the Bible to the poets you have listed, we are fortunate to have them and their works in our lives. Great job Michelle, adding you to the list of wonderful Hubville poets!

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Leslie, you make empathic statements through the poems you write too! And yes, Martin is a fantastic humorist poet. Thanks for sharing!

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Vincent, you write beautiful poetry yourself and leave deep impressions on your readers! Thanks for sharing!!

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      A pleasure, Docmo! Thanks for sharing.

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Janet! It's good to write poetry here!

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      You are a true poet, Audrey! Thanks for sharing!

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      Ericajean 5 years ago

      Great acrostic! I simply adore words and the form of poetry. I enjoy writing and reading it because through it I learn more about myself. It takes few words to make an impact.

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      Karen Silverman 5 years ago

      Your love of poetry - and poets - shines bright here Michelle!

      Poetry came late to me - too late to ever make your prestigious

      i hated it in school - absolutely and completely, and have only learned about the different genres through reading what hubbers teach me - like YOU!

      btw, Martin got me to write my first poem - and i got Martin over to the Hub - i have a deep and abiding respect for him!

      And the other amazing poets as well!

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      Vincent Moore 5 years ago

      What a brilliant piece of art. A wonderful tribute to present and past poets. May poetry always shine, motivate and leave people moved by the poet who leaves their impression on the pages before them. Well done and bravo, voted UP and shared.

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      Mohan Kumar 5 years ago from UK

      What a wonderful essay on the artform of poetry and it's many pleasures, phases and personalities. I am utterly humbled to be mentioned in this hub along with so many wonderful poets. thank you so much Michelle- much appreciated.

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      Janet Giessl 5 years ago from Georgia country

      A very nice tribute to poetry and to all poets. I'm glad that HubPages is a place where people can also share creative pieces like poems. I'm not a poet but I love reading them.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Lovely Michelle! Thank you for the plug! And you are beautiful poet in your own right!

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Darknlovely!

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Rosemay, they, like yourself, are great poets! Thanks for sharing!

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Nell.

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      Annie 5 years ago from NewYork

      I haven't stop by for so long, and it's good thing i did

      love the poem...and yes all of us should do something for poetry month

      .. it's please to show off my craft.........(:)

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      Rosemary Sadler 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      A great poem for poetry month. You have listed some awesome Hubber poets, a few of which I haven't had the pleasure to meet yet so thank you for the introduction.

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Brilliant poem, and a great list of awesome hubber poets too, voted up and shared nell!

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Who! It does indeed!

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Hi Laura, do showcase some of your work! I'm sure that we'll all love to read it, and you'll enjoy writing it too! Thanks for sharing!

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      You have written many lovely poems, Mary! Write more often, and you'll feel more confident about poetry!

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Nithya.

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      whonunuwho 5 years ago from United States

      Beautiful poetry my friend midget, and thank you for honoring me in your work. I agree with you so much, poetry has healing qualities. whonu

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks for sharing, Daisy. Happy to participate in raising awareness of it! Thanks for introducing us to different forms of poetry too!

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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)


      What a wonderful article to publish during National ("World") Poetry Month! I add the word "world" because many wonderful poets from outside the United States, such as yourself, have been helping spread the word about poetry.

      Thanks for including the biographical information about poets who lived in a number of different centuries. Thanks, too, for honoring many of your fellow HubPages authors who are poets.

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      Laura Tykarski 5 years ago from Pittsburgh PA

      Loved this hub I have been hesitant to include any of my poetry in my "hubpages" portfolio. Maybe its time to come out of the closet some. Loved seeing Plath as one of your top poets and of course you hit almost all of the extremely talented poets here at hubpages.

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      Tijani Achamlal 5 years ago from Morocco

      @ mary615 .Don t give up on writing poetry.It is not words that rhyme or lines in verses that matter but your feelings.I will check your poems here and then I ll tell you my opinion .

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Great Hub. I don't write much poetry now. When I first started on HP, I did try, but my work pales in the presence of those poets you mentioned and more (such as you).

      I am just not a good poet: I know my limitations!

      Voted UP and will share.

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      Tijani Achamlal 5 years ago from Morocco

      Thanks ,cheers !:)

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      No worries, James. Have a wonderful weekend too, and I am happy to know yet another poet to celebrate this month of poetry with!

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      Tijani Achamlal 5 years ago from Morocco

      Sorry if I sounded harsh or something like that,but I just felt that as if you didn't give much attention to Epiman and wanted also to introduce you to amazing poet, Nelianna.

      Sorry once again!Many blessings to you.Have a wonderful weekend!


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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Jo, you are definitely a poet, and a wonderful one! Poetry is fascinating indeed, and we should all start digging deeper into it. Thanks for sharing!!

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks for commenting, James_Wolve, and for telling us more about Epigramman, who, I fully agree, is a top notch poet. Thanks for introducing Nelianna too. There are simply so many poets to list!! Thanks for sharing!

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      Tijani Achamlal 5 years ago from Morocco

      Epigramman: Our musicologist and poet.That s it? .I don't think so.He is more than those four words.His poems are real top notch.I see many who commented on his poems really don't understand his poetry and the real message of his poems.Let me introduce this real poet in few words:Epiman as he like to call himself,writes poems as if it were natural, easy dialogue. He appeals to the best instincts of anyone and seems constantly to be climbing toward the infinite,transforming everyday events into a deep revelation of our humanity. His work is delightful, inspiring and superb. Many of his poems are good enough to give me shivers and there is an other great oet I wonder why she is not listed here.She is Nellieanna.The Queen of poetry here.She like to hide under the bushel.She doesn't like the spotlights.She uses a few words, it often sticks in your mind.It is like what Samuel Taylor Coleridge says: The best words in the best order.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 5 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      Michelle, Wow.... an incredible article, as always beautifully done. You've included so many interesting bits of information here, I can't wait to start digging deeper. Your poem is simply sublime. Thank you for the mention, you could have knock me over with a feather, when I saw my name amongst all those talented writers, me....a poet? :).

      Seriously; Michelle, you are kind and very generous and you brought a little tear to my eye, thank you for the beautiful soul that you are. And of course I'm sharing!

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      Nithya Venkat 5 years ago from Dubai

      Great hub and awesome poets showcased. Voted up.

      Long Live Poets and Poetry.

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Hatter, you're on this list too!

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      Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this grand overview for Poetry Month.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Michelle lets do.. I agree..have a wonderful evening

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Deb, you write great love poems! Let's celebrate National Poetry Month!

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      this hub is wonderful.. You have named some great poets here.. and thank you for the mention.. I am honored to be in the same class.. even close .. thank you.. You really did a great job.. bravo.


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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Poetry is great for the soul, Vinaya!! Thanks for sharing!

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Kidscrafts.......yes, all these and more are wonderful poets. Thanks for sharing, and introducing joanne. There are just so many out there, I can't list them all!

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Adity!

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      I enjoy your haiku, Sunshine!

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Janine!

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Bill! Yes, it's the music of writing. Thanks for sharing!

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Jhamann, thanks for sharing! You are a great poet too, and I am including you on this list!

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      I began writing by keeping a journal book. Couple of later my dad discovered my diary, and he said I had written nice poems. Until then I did not know I was writing poetry. I sublimate my pent up emotions by writing poems. Thanks for this wonderful reminder.

      Your work is very beautiful.

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 5 years ago from Reno NV

      A great hub about one of my favorite pastimes and one of my favorite months. Jamie

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      kidscrafts 5 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Very interesting hub Michelle!

      I know of the work of William Shakespeare but not of the other poets that you mentioned in your article! Probably because I was educated mainly in French. But it's not too late to learn new things! So thank you very much for that!

      Thank you also for sharing the new generation of poets that we can meet on hubpages; I had the privilege to read quite a few of them and it's nice to have access to all that talent!

      I give you another one to add to your list :

      Joanne is writing very nice haikus and illustrates them with wonderful pictures she takes around San Francisco.

      Thanks again for all your sharing Michelle! It's always nice to come and have a nice visit!

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      Lurana Brown 5 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      Michelle---This is so well-written and culturally enriching! I agree wholeheartedly about the benefits of writing poetry. Even if no other eyes see our poems, it is cathartic and creatively rewarding. Any art form can be therapeutic and expressive but using words makes our thoughts particularly tangible.

      Your historical biographies are excellent, full of truly interesting details in concise summaries.

      Your acrostic poem is a work of art---so beautifully expressed. I have often found acrostic poems to be stilted by the constriction but yours is profound and flows beautifully, which impresses me greatly. You have diverse writing talents and I enjoy your poems very much.

      I greatly appreciate being mentioned in your list of new poets and will visit the ones I don't know soon. I have found several amazingly talented writers in my short time here. I hope you don't mind me listing a few others I have met?

      Epigramman, Nellieanna, Amy Becherer, Valleypoet and dreamseeker2 are prolific poets on HubPages. Dancing Water has written some beautiful poems among her other work, and one of them is a perfect example of your essay on why we should write poetry---it is about the loss of her beloved cat, a poem that anyone who has loved and lost a pet can connect with:

      Thank you for this interesting, awesome, useful, and beautiful contribution to poetry culture!!!!


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      adity5 5 years ago

      Nice and useful hub !! Enjoyed reading it.

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Fabulous hub Michelle! Many well deserved shout outs to some great poetry writers!

      Sunshine likes to haiku for fun. Thanks for the mention!

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      Janine Huldie 5 years ago from New York, New York

      Couldn't agree with you more here Michelle and a beautiful article on the benefits of writing poetry. You really did a great job on this and just wish I felt more comfortable writing poetry!!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I do not write poetry but I appreciate it greatly. Poetry is the musical score of brings beauty and speaks of life in a way that prose never will. Thank you for this lovely testament.

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      On the benefits of writing poetry, some wonderful poets and an acrostic poem for National Poetry Month.


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