U.K. Celebrates National Poetry Day

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I am going to interrupt my regularly scheduled blog post on this 8th day of the Write 31 Days challenge, because today is National Poetry Day in the U.K. and Ireland.

It is always a good day to celebrate poetry.  Poetry helps not only with fatigue, but really–with everything.  If you know me at all, you know that I am all about poetry.

I write it, I read it, I study it, I teach it, I live it, I love it.

Poetry has sustained me throughout my life, including the darkest times, which include my recovery from acquired traumatic brain injury.

I encourage you to read and even share some poetry today…

You can find posts online under the hashtag #NationalPoetryDay

Here are some poems to get you started, the favorite poems of a collection of readers and writers.

It is difficult to choose a favorite poem; much easier to choose favorite poems, but I suppose it could be said that what follows is my favorite poem of all time.  But only if I have to pick a favorite.

This poem, Final Soliloquy Of The Interior Paramour, happens to be by an American poet, Wallace Stevens.  It contains a line that I chose to be the name of this website, www.firstlightofevening.com

I hope you will enjoy this poem.  Let me know what you think…


Final Soliloquy Of The Interior Paramour

Light the first light of evening, as in a room
In which we rest and, for small reason, think
The world imagined is the ultimate good.

This is, therefore, the intensest rendezvous.
It is in that thought that we collect ourselves,
Out of all the indifferences, into one thing:

Within a single thing, a single shawl
Wrapped tightly round us, since we are poor, a warmth,
A light, a power, the miraculous influence.

Here, now, we forget each other and ourselves.
We feel the obscurity of an order, a whole,
A knowledge, that which arranged the rendezvous.

Within its vital boundary, in the mind.
We say God and the imagination are one…
How high that highest candle lights the dark.

Out of this same light, out of the central mind,
We make a dwelling in the evening air,
In which being there together is enough.

                               — Wallace Stevens


This is Day 8 in the 31 Day Writing Challenge, 31 Days of Breaking Free from Fatigue


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3 thoughts on “U.K. Celebrates National Poetry Day

  1. You have given me new hope, Debra! You have given very some sensible reasons for me to give poetry another try! I love to learn new things! Understanding & enjoying poetry more would be an exciting result for me! Your link given previously, I did write down, with the intention of eventually checking it out. Since you have given me two names, to read their poetry
    next; this is even more encouraging! Thank you so much!

  2. I am a person who loves most type of writing & loves to read! However, poetry has mostly been frustrating to me. I am not always able to understand the real meaning; especially if there is much symbolism in the poem. I probably would have to take a class from you, to learn how to enjoy & understand poetry! No other teacher or professor has been able to help me in this way! My favorite poem is “The Tree” by Joyce Kilmer. I love trees! This may sound boring, but “Trees” was my Science Project, when I was a freshman in high school. I like how trees are beautiful. I find the processes which make the tree function is interesting, A tree I find to be real blessing, as one of God’s creations.

    The bright side of this subject of your blog, this poem which is your favorite-I will have to say-is now my second favorite poem! I understand this poem & value the excellence of it! Thanks for sharing this poem with us!

    • The more poetry one reads, the greater grows the understanding of a poetic line. Do not be intimidated, just keep reading. You will find there is magic in poetry. I would like to suggest two poets I think you would like, May Sarton (another one of my favorites) and Mary Oliver, who is very popular. You can find their poems on the same link I posted, just search for their names and read what appeals to you. Enjoy! And thank you for your comments.

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