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.