Na­tional Po­etry Day on Oc­to­ber 4 cel­e­brates change with some il­lus­tri­ous names in­spir­ing pupils

Na­tional Po­etry Day (na­tion­alpo­et­ry­day.co.uk) is an an­nual cel­e­bra­tion that in­spires peo­ple through­out the UK to en­joy, dis­cover and share po­ems. Ev­ery­one is in­vited to join in, by or­gan­is­ing events, dis­plays and com­pe­ti­tions or by sim­ply post­ing favourite lines of po­etry on so­cial me­dia us­ing the hash­tag #na­tion­alpo­et­ry­day. The class­room is a key tar­get for the event, hop­ing to in­spire a life­long love of po­etry – and they have en­listed some rather im­pres­sive names to high­light their cho­sen theme of change…

Dear March – Come in – by Emily Dick­in­son

Dear March – Come in – How glad I am – I hoped for you be­fore – Put down your Hat – You must have walked – How out of Breath you are – Dear March, how are you, and the Rest – Did you leave Na­ture well – Oh March, Come right up­stairs with me – I have so much to tell – I got your Let­ter, and the Birds – The Maples never knew that you were com­ing – I de­clare – how Red their Faces grew – But March, for­give me – And all those Hills you left for me to Hue – There was no Pur­ple suit­able – You took it all with you – Who knocks? That April – Lock the Door – I will not be pur­sued – He stayed away a Year to call When I am oc­cu­pied – But tri­fles look so triv­ial As soon as you have come That blame is just as dear as Praise And Praise as mere as Blame.

Ariel’s Song by Wil­liam Shake­speare

Full fathom five thy fa­ther lies, Of his bones are coral made: Those are pearls that were his eyes, Noth­ing of him that doth fade, But doth suf­fer a sea-change Into some­thing rich and strange: Sea-nymphs hourly ring his knel­lHark! Now I hear them, Ding-dong bell.

Emily Dick­in­son

Wil­liam Shake­speare

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