Pranks and Poetry
While today might be April Fools’ Day, it’s no joke that April is National Poetry Month. A humorous poem is the perfect way to celebrate both holidays, since many poets like to jest and poke fun in their works. Even poets who are well-known for drama, such as Shakespeare, can have a comical side, too. Did you know that 16 of his plays are comedies? Find lots of funny poems at Giggle Poetry, gigglepoetry.com/poemcategories.aspx, and after you’ve read a few, try composing your own silly creation. It doesn’t matter if it’s a quick limerick or a lengthy sonnet, as long as you have fun. For more ways to enjoy National Poetry Month, visit 30 Ways to Celebrate at poets.org/page.php/prmID/94.
While you’re browsing poetry, be sure to find a poem for Poem in Your Pocket Day on April 26. This holiday was started by the City of New York in 2002 as part of the city’s National Poetry Month celebration. Simply carry a favorite poem in your pocket all day, and share it with your classmates and family.
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