April is Poetry Month

Monday, April 18, 2011 - 11:14 AM

T.S. Eliot has said that April is the cruelest month. It’s also Poetry Month, and here at the Lopate Show we’ve been marking it in our own way. Last week we had poet Meghan O’Rourke and former Poet Laureate Billy Collins on to talk about their new works.

We also asked Leonard’s Facebook friends what their favorite poems are and got some great responses. >>>

"This Lime-tree Bower my Prison" by Samuel Taylor Coleridge 

Hotel Lautreamont” by John Ashberry

Mariana” by Lord Alfred Tennyson 

The Emperor of Ice Cream” by Wallace Stevens

"The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" by T.S. Eliot 

"Wild Geese" by Mary Oliver


A favorite of mine is “A Cold Spring” by Elizabeth Bishop, which seems particularly apt this year as the trees start to bloom.

What’s your favorite poem? Share yours in comments section and we'll keep adding to the list!

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