By Eric Pottie
If you weren’t aware, April is National Poetry Month, and as part of it, there are displays of poetry books at each of our branches as we celebrate poets and poetry both Canadian and international.
This week, I want to highlight the importance of poetry as even here at the library it can be overlooked as part of our collection.
Some people envision poetry as rhyming couplets, professing undying love for another person, and in some cases that is true. A poet I’m sure we’re all familiar with, William Shakespeare, wrote many poems like this, including his collection of sonnets.
But there is so much more to poetry than simply counting the ways you love someone. There are poems that deal with grief, joy, and everything in between. From Nova Scotian Patrick Woodcock writing about his journey through the war-ravaged Kurdistan region of Iraq to Leonard Cohen’s several collections, there is poetry for everyone.
Poetry may be thought of as serious, but some poems can make you laugh just as much as any humorous writing. Limericks can be some of the most inappropriate things you can hear (Something about a man from Nantucket). Even certain Shakespeare sonnets are light and fun, including the most famous one Sonnet 18, which starts with “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?”
The important thing is to remember that poetry is deep and complex and much more than simple rhyming love stories. And if you’ve ever thought about reading poetry but never got into it, now is a great time. So feel free to go to your local library and see what you can find. Who knows, this could be the start of something you really enjoy.
On April 19, we will be having our monthly trivia night at 6 p.m. You can bring a team of up to five people, or if you come alone, the contestants are all very friendly and I’m sure would love to have you on their team. As per usual, readers of my article get a sneak peak at a category. This month, there will be a topic on famous book covers, so study up, and see you on Thursday.
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The Alean Freeman Library is open Wednesdays 5-8 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
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