April is National Poetry Month

For those of you who don't know, April is National Poetry Month. Poetry is always one thing I have been passionate about. I used to write and read all kinds of poetry in my teens but since I have grown up and have all kinds of responsibilities like kids of my own and a job, I haven't had much time for either. I was very excited to learn that April is National Poetry Month. Hopefully I'll get around to writing a few poems this month or dig through the old ones I have written and maybe even share some of them with you. Writing poetry has always been a way for me to express myself without having to speak and I have always found it to be very relaxing. My son is 11 and he seems to like writing as well so maybe I can encourage him to write a poem for National Poetry Month. As I said, I've always loved reading poetry as well and my favorite poet is Edgar Allan Poe and my all time favorite poem is Annabel Lee, which I'll share with you in case you are not familiar with it. I don't know why I love it so much, it's just one of those things I guess.

During the month of April I plan on doing several poetry related posts that I hope you'll check out and enjoy. Who are some of your favorite poets or what are some of your favorite poems? Do you have any of your own poems you'd like to share? Feel free to comment and share the poetry love.

Annabel Lee
It was many and many a year ago,
In a kingdom by the sea,
That a maiden there lived whom you may know
By the name of ANNABEL LEE;
And this maiden she lived with no other thought
Than to love and be loved by me.
I was a child and she was a child,
In this kingdom by the sea;
But we loved with a love that was more than love-
I and my Annabel Lee;
With a love that the winged seraphs of heaven
Coveted her and me.
And this was the reason that, long ago,
In this kingdom by the sea,
A wind blew out of a cloud, chilling
My beautiful Annabel Lee;
So that her highborn kinsman came
And bore her away from me,
To shut her up in a sepulchre
In this kingdom by the sea.
The angels, not half so happy in heaven,
Went envying her and me-
Yes!- that was the reason (as all men know,
In this kingdom by the sea)
That the wind came out of the cloud by night,
Chilling and killing my Annabel Lee.
But our love it was stronger by far than the love
Of those who were older than we-
Of many far wiser than we-
And neither the angels in heaven above,
Nor the demons down under the sea,
Can ever dissever my soul from the soul
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee.
For the moon never beams without bringing me dreams
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;
And the stars never rise but I feel the bright eyes
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;
And so, all the night-tide, I lie down by the side
Of my darling- my darling- my life and my bride,
In the sepulchre there by the sea,
In her tomb by the sounding sea.

- Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849)

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