Calling all poetry lovers!

What is your favorite poem?  Your favorite poet?  Is there a poem you remember having to recite when you were in school? Although I am sure there were others, the one that sticks out in my memory was How Do I Love Thee by Elizabeth Barrett Browning.

Are there any poems you can still recite from memory?

April is National Poetry Month and in celebration the No Time to Read Book Club will feature audio selections from The Classic Hundred Poems: All Time Favorites.

Join us as we listen to some of the poems of Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, Edgar Allen Poe, and more. But we are not limiting it to just Americans; come and listen to the works of other famous poets including Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Lord Byron, and William Wordsworth.

You’ll also learn a little something about each poet.

If you like, bring your favorite quiet time activity to work on while you listen.  You can knit, crochet, color, and even balance your checkbook. Of course, you can always just sit and listen.

We will have a short discussion following the readings.  Participation in the discussion is purely optional!

In closing, I will leave you with one of the poems we will listen to that day.

Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening

Robert Frost

Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound’s the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep.
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

When: Tuesday, April 10, 2018 – 2:30 – 4:00 p.m.

Where: Major Hillard Library

 

Karan

Library Information Specialist
Karan works in the Adult Services department for the Chesapeake Public Library. She enjoys teaching computer classes.

She is an avid mystery reader, which crosses over to her television viewing where she enjoys watching old mystery/detective shows.

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One thought on “No Time to Read Book Club

  1. I think that I shall never see
    A poem lovely as a tree.
    A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
    Against the earth’s sweet flowing breast;
    A tree that looks at God all day,
    And lifts her leafy arms to pray;
    A tree that may in Summer wear
    A nest of robins in her hair;
    Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
    Who intimately lives with rain.
    Poems are made by fools like me,
    But only God can make a tree.
    — Joyce Kilmer
    I lived near New Brunswick, NJ, and Joyce Kilmer’s house still stands. There was a tree off the parking lot near the Sears we used to shop at, with a plaque that we always thought identified it as the tree that inspired Joyce Kilmer to write his poem. I am not sure if it was the exact tree, but I do know there was a tree called the Joyce Kilmer tree and they saved acorns from it before it died so as to raise and grow them. Although the tree is no longer there, I always liked this poem.

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