Poetry is many things to many people. Defining it is difficult, and classifying it can be complex. Explaining it’s full purpose can be even more challenging. Today I present you with twelve quotes about poetry. Discuss them, journal on them, use them in your classroom, or just contemplate them. Sometimes the words of others help us clarify our own thoughts.
“Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words.” ~Robert Frost
“To read a poem is to hear it with our eyes; to hear it is to see it with our ears.” ~Octavio Paz
“Poetry is the art of creating imaginary gardens with real toads.” ~Marianne Moore
“Poetry is the one place where people can speak their original human mind. It is the outlet for people to say in public what is known in private.” ~Allen Ginsberg
“Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance.” ~Carl Sandburg
“The world is full of poetry. The air is living with its spirit; and the waves dance to the music of its melodies, and sparkle in its brightness.” ~James Gates Percival
“Poetry is not only dream and vision; it is the skeleton architecture of our lives. It lays the foundations for a future of change, a bridge across our fears of what has never been before.” ~Andre Lorde
“I would define, in brief, the poetry of words as the rhythmical creation of Beauty.” ~Edgar Allan Poe
“Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquility.” ~William Wordsworth
“When power leads man toward arrogance, poetry reminds him of his limitations. When power narrows the area of man’s concern, poetry reminds him of the richness and diversity of existence. When power corrupts, poetry cleanses.” ~John F. Kennedy
“You can find poetry in your everyday life, your memory, in what people say on the bus, in the news, or just what’s in your heart.” ~Carol Ann Duffy
“Poetry is simply the most beautiful, impressive, and widely effective mode of saying things.” ~Matthew Arnold
As National Poetry Month comes to an end, I hope you have enjoyed the poems and blog posts here on Rebecca’s Classroom and Kitchen.
Have a great day, and…
P.S. Don’t miss the last four days of poetry by educators. For more information, click here.
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This Week’s Journal Questions
For the teacher: Why do you teach poetry? If it is because you have to, what is there to appreciate about this form of writing? If it is because you love to, how do you convey that love to your students?
For the student: Why is poetry powerful? Why is poetry beautiful? Why is poetry significant?
A Recipe from My Kitchen
Everything but the Kitchen Sink Cookies
- 1/2 cup shortening or lard
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter
- 1/2 cup chunky peanut butter
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 3 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 cup mini pretzels, slightly broken
- 1 cup plain potato chips, slightly broken
- 1 cup corn flakes
- 1/2 cup plain M&Ms
- 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
- Gummy bears (optional)
- Place oven rack in the center of the oven, and preheat it to 375º.
- Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
- In a large mixing bowl, beat together the shortening, butter, and peanut butter until well-mixed.
- Add sugars and beat until smooth (except for the peanut chunks, of course).
- Add eggs and vanilla. Beat until incorporated.
- In a separate bowl mix together the flour, oats, and baking soda.
- Stir flour mixture into butter mixture until well-combined.
- In a separate bowl (you can reuse the flour bowl), mix together chocolate chips, pretzels, potato chops, corn flakes, M&Ms, and sunflower seeds.
- As gently as you can, stir the chips mixture into the batter.
- Remember, the rougher you are, the more you will break up the chips, pretzels, and corn flakes. Tiny pieces will not wreck your cookies, but they will not look at fun.
- Also, be sure to get these mixed into your batter evenly. Because the chips and pretzels are big, it is easy to not get them fully incorporated into the batter, and then some of your cookies will not have nearly the add-ins that others do.
- Using a spoon or cookie scoop (I like one that is about 2 Tablespoons in size), scoop rough balls of dough onto a cookie sheet.
- Optional: Press one gummy bear into the center of each cookie. (Hint: Red/yellow/orange gunny bears are prettier than green/blue ones in this recipe.)
- Bake for 10-12 minutes until just starting to turn a golden-brown color. Err on the shorter side for chewier cookies and on the longer side for crunchier cookies.
- As the first tray bakes, fill the second tray.
- When you remove the cookies from the oven, let them cook for 4-5 minutes on the pan to firm up a little and then remove to wire racks to cool completely.
- Repeat steps 10-14 until all cookies are baked.