Poetry is a fantastic way to increase creativity, aid memory and improve literacy and develop a passion for language. There are lots of ways to take part in the month, whether it’s by finding out more about your favourite poems and poets, composing your own verses (like a chain classroom poem), or memorizing your favourites.
To celebrate the month we’ve put together some of our best ‘Did you knows?’ about the strange and beautiful world of poetry.
1. Whilst a student at Cambridge Lord Byron kept a pet bear in his rooms.
2. ‘Metrophobia’ is the technical name for a fear of poetry.
3. ‘Rhapsodomancy’ is the practice of foretelling the future by selecting a random passage of poetry.
4. Sir Walter Scott wrote much of his epic poem ‘Marmion’ while horseback riding.
5. The three best-selling poets in the world are Shakespeare, Lao-Tzu and Kahlil Gibran.
6. George Macdonald’s poem ‘The Shortest and Sweetest of Songs’ runs to just two words, “Come home”.
7. In 1863 Lizzie Doten published a book of poems including some verses she claimed to have received from the ghost of Edgar Allan Poe.
8. ‘Flyting’ is the name for a slanging match between poets (we’ve never seen one but we bet it’s interesting!)
9. E.E. Cummings dedicated his self-published book of poetry to the fourteen publishers who turned him down.
10. Poet Gottlob Burrman hated the letter R to such an extent that he didn’t use it in his poetry. That’s re..ver…jolly difficult!
Facts from interestingliterature.com