A Call for Poems

Sherry at Semicolon is making a list of Top 100 Classic Poems.

I thought a Top 100 Classic Poems Poll would be a great spring/summer project. I might learn something and be encouraged in my own quest to learn and appreciate poetry. You might learn some new poems or be reminded of some classics. We all might enjoy visiting and re-visiting the best in English poetry together.

The rules and instructions are at Semicolon.  The deadline is midnight, March 26, 2010.

You don’t have to submit ten.  If you can only think of five, or three, that is fine.  April is poetry month and I’m going to wait until then to post my nominations. I can say this: each poem moves me…either to tears or to some pretty ferocious laughter.  Poetry has a way of doing that. 

When we homeschooled, we started each day with a poem.  I can’t say it was the favorite part of the day for anyone, but the drip, drip, drip of a daily poem worked its way through the other intellectual clutter.  I really miss that routine.  I could reinstate it for myself, but that would require getting up earlier and planning on bypassing the domestic rush hour.

You don’t need to be a blogger to participate.

All it takes is the love of one good poem.  Or three. Or ten. 

If you like the idea of exposure to poetry, but don’t know where to start, you can pick up poetry anthologies just about anywhere.  I’m fond of  The Top 500 Poems.


2 thoughts on “A Call for Poems

  1. I *should* easily be able to do this, if I will just glean from my previous years’ postings.  It is always quite interesting to see which poems people choose.Hmmm, six days until the deadline….

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