Does reading poetry seem hard or boring? Do you think you’d like to read poetry, but for some reason just can’t seem to make it a regular practice? April is National Poetry Month here in the U.S. and regular readers of Catching Happiness know that I like poetry and to
force encourage others to
read it, too, I post a poem on the blog
every couple of weeks. Every year during National Poetry Month, I also try to
share simple ways for us to explore poetry in a painless fashion. (You can see
some past poetry posts—say that five times fast—here, here, and here.)
Reading poetry can be a simple pleasure, not an ordeal, or something that’s “good for you,” like eating broccoli. Consider these painless ways to add a little poetry to your life:
Downloading a poetry app, like Poetry from the Poetry Foundation, Poems by Shakespeare (Android), or Poems by Heart by Penguin Classics (iOs).
Or watch one of these movies with a poetry connection. (One lovely film with a poetry connection that was left off this list is Il Postino.)
Watch people reading their favorite poems by clicking here.
Why not read a poem about happiness?
And, of course, come back here Wednesday when I’ll have a new poem posted for you!
I encourage you to give poetry a try this month—and come back here and share your discoveries with us.