With National Poetry Month soon upon us, one can look forward to many poetry events, one being the library hosted Poetry Contest and Coffeehouse. Students can submit their original poems/spoken word as videos to be posted on the library’s YouTube channel. If students do not feel comfortable reading their own poetry, they can even have someone else perform the poem for them as a submission. The library will host an in-person/online event to announce the winners and have special readings on April 20th so feel free to come by! To prepare for this upcoming National Poetry Month event, here are 5 interesting facts about poetry.
- The earliest forms of poetry predate written language. They were sung/recited to help people remember genealogy, laws, and oral history.
- While British author Geoffrey Chaucer is known as the father of English literature, he is also considered to be the father of poetry & the best English Poet of the Middle ages
- Metrophobia is the fear of poetry & metromania is the compulsion to write poetry.
- The longest poem in the world is the Mahabharata, which is an Indian epic poem dating from the fourth century BC or earlier. (the poem has about 1.8 million words).
- The best-selling poet of all time, with over 4 billion book sales globally, is William Shakespeare. His surviving works include about 40 plays, 150 sonnets, 2 long-story poems, and a few eulogies.