Friday, March 07, 2008

Poetry Friday - The Round Up

It's Poetry Friday again. Okay - it's still Thursday as I write this - but lately it seems people have been linking in earlier and earlier so I figured I'd be ready.

The round-up is here today. And we shall gather and enjoy fine poetry together.

In order to get us all in the Poetry Friday mood, I've selected this poem as my entry this week:

Still I Love to Rhyme
by Robert Louis Stevenson

Still I love to rhyme, and still more, rhyming, to wander
Far from the commoner way;
Old-time trills and falls by the brook-side still do I ponder,
Dreaming to-morrow to-day.

Come here, come, revive me, Sun-God, teach me, Apollo,
Measures descanted before;
Since I ancient verses, I emulous follow,
Prints in the marbles of yore.

Still strange, strange, they sound in old-young raiment invested,
Songs for the brain to forget -
Young song-birds elate to grave old temples benested
Piping and chirruping yet.

Thoughts? No thought has yet unskilled attempted to flutter
Trammelled so vilely in verse;
He who writes but aims at fame and his bread and his butter,
Won with a groan and a curse.

People love their poetry. And Poetry Friday seems to start on Thursday these days. This is all good!

And the round-up begins:

Andrea at Just One More Book was in first with an original poem inspired by summer. Because, surely, now that it’s March, winter will end soon.

Anne (my Mom) at Morning Glory Alley is participating in her very first Poetry Friday – with her brand new blog. She brings us another breath of spring with a poem about Honeysuckles.

Little Willow brings us a grammar lesson in the form of poetry, in honor of National Grammar Day (March 4th).

Sara Lewis Holmes is on a rant about rainy Spring weather with her podcast poem about Spring.

And over at Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast there is a fairy-tale inspired poem about Hansel.

Over at The Miss Rumphius Effect Tricia has two poems by Elizabeth Barrett Browning in honor of that poets birthday (which was yesterday)

Suzanne brings us more adventures in Spring at Adventures in Daily Living – with a double header of Spring inspired poems.

Elaine Magliaro has been busy on the poetry front this week: at Blue Rose Girls she shares a poem about a forgotten planet and at Wild Rose Reader she shares some poetry for Woman’s History Month from the book All by Herself by Ann Whitford Paul and she has a collection of mask poems that she’s sharing too. Go read all of her wonderful poems – and then come back for more of the round-up.

Michele at Scholar’s Blog is honoring another birthday poet: Edward Thomas, who was killed in the First World War. She is also celebrating the anniversary of the publication of Robert Frost’s Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening. The two men were friends in life, and their poetry lives side by side at a Scholar’s Blog today

Gregory K felt it was time for another of his wonderful Oddaptations. Today he brings us Horton Hears a Who over at GottaBook.

Mary Lee at A Year of Reading has Phillip Pullman on her mind and found a lovely poem in honor Will and Lyra.

Stacey from Two Writing Teachers also does Poetry Friday in her classroom, and today she’s sharing with us what she’s going to share with her class: a funny list poem.

While we all look to Spring, TadMack reminds us that every morning is a renewal, go read the inspiring poem over at Finding Wonderland.

Over at Destined to Become A Classic Mme T shares a thought provoking poem: Prayer before Birth.

It’s another birthday poem – this time not the poet – but writer2b’s daughter – over at Findings.

Laura Salas shares three poems from Naomi Shahib Nye’s new book Honeybee, and also has a bundle of original 15 Word or Less Poems.

Jama shares memories of her grandmother and a Room in the Past by Ted Kooser over at Jama Rattigan’s Alphabet Soup.

Shelf Elf wants a yellow dog after reading Sharon Creech’s Love that Dog. She shares a bit of that with us today.

The luck of the Irish is with Cloudscome today as she posts a poem by Irish poet John O’Donohue over at a wrung sponge.

Marianne H. Nielsen is sharing two poems from The Kingdom for a Horse, An Anthology of Poems About Horses, edited by Betty Ann Schwartz at Doing the Write Thing.

A little Spanish, a little poetry, that’s what Annie at Crazy For Kids Books shares with us in reviewing The Moon is La Luna: Silly Rhymes in English and Spanish by Jay M. Harris.

Over at Picture Book of the Day, Anastasia Suen takes us into the land of Jazz with This Jazz Man.

Edited to fix incorrect link: Cheryl Rainfield has an original poem on books and the joy found within.

Laurel at Kidliterary posts a lovely poem by James Wright.

Adrienne is thinking about politics (though she’d rather not) over at What Adrienne Thinks About That and so shares a little Allen Ginsburg with us.

MotherReader takes Poetry Friday a step further and shares an article on how to and how not to write poetry.

John Mutford has compiled a list of Simpson’s Poetry References over at The Book Mine Set.

Kelly Fineman is bringing us some more Wordsworth this week, inspired by daffodils (Spring is definitely in the air), over at Writing and Ruminating.

Tiel Aisha Ansari has an original pantoum poem at Knocking From Inside.

Sylvia Vardell, reflecting on the anniversary of becoming a citizen has mashed two poems together to try to express her feelings. Head to Poetry For Children for a little Langston Hughes and Walt Whitman.

Karen Edmisten brings us a little more Ted Kooser today, in his poem Nebraska, which happens to be where Karen is.

Sheila at the Greenridge Chronicles is celebrating Spring with a welcome to March by Emily Dickenson and an ode to the wind by Robert Louis Stevenson.

Over at Becky’s Book Review we celebrate another birthday, this time of Dr. Seuss, with an original poem The ABCs of Dr. Seuss.

Becky at Farm School is missing a dear friend who passed away this week, and shares a bit of Donald Hall’s Without.

We have some more Naomi Shihab Nye, this time in audio form, shared by Mary over at Audiobooker.

Rebecca at IPSA DIXIT shares a double dactyl titled "History Lesson”, a fun romp by Allan Wolf.

This week Liz Scanlon gives us a Prayer of Spring by Robert Frost at Liz in Ink.

Lisa at Passionately Curious asked her second graders where poetry hides. They found it in some pretty great spots, and she shares their insight today.

There’s a little Forgetfulness (by Billy Collins) going on over at The Reading Zone.

Amanda, at A Patchwork of Books reviews A Crossing of Zebras: Animal Packs in Poetry by Marjorie Maddox.

Mitali Perkins ruminated on Lifetime Achievement Awards after watching the Oscars and shares her insights at Mitali’s Fire Escape.

Over at Chicken Spaghetti, Susan T gives us a link to Mary Ann Hoberman’s poem “Snow.”

Jenny at Little Acorns Treehouse has made her latest stop in her “Poetry through the States” in New Hampshire and she shares Robert Frost’s “Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening.”

A Quaker Graveyard in Nantucket is the poem that The Well-Read Child brings to the mix this week.

And for now we wrap it all up with Miss Erin and Longfellow and The Day is Done.

And there is still more: Book Buds has a Poetry Friday book review of My Dog May be a Genius by Jack Prelutsky.

Anne Shirley over at ProTeachers talks today about learning and enjoying poetry with her students. She shares a poem by Valerie Worth, and original still in draft form.

Felicity at Look Books invites us to join her “In the Library” with a poem by William Stafford.

Robert Frost talks about a Road Less Traveled. Melissa Wiley travels that road and blogs all about it!

Mr. Linky is set up, so leave your link and leave me a comment and I'll post updates throughout the day. (You people are contributing poems faster than I can round them up, but I promise I'll get to them all!)


Andrea -- Just One More Book!! Podcast said...

Thanks for rounding us up this week!

The bad news is, we didn't chat about a rhyming book this week, the good news is I'm the first to sign up for Poetry Friday, regardless!!

We broke our audio mold and posted an original summer-inspired kids poem. We've received 350 cm of snow this season and 20-50 expected this weekend, so summer thoughts are so appealing....

Anonymous said...

Thanks for doing the round-up!

Sara said...

Thank you for hosting! I'm in with an original, over at my other blog, A Cast of One.

Elaine Magliaro said...

Thanks for doing the roundup this week!

At Wild Rose Reader, I have a review of Ann Whitford Paul's ALL BY HERSELF, a book of poems that's great for use during Women's History Month. In the post, I also suggest other books to use in conjunction with that poetry collection.

In addition, I have a link to my Poetry Stretch-Mask Poems post (Mask Poems Reprise), which has eight of the mask poems I posted previously.

Michele said...

Thanks for rounding up - I even checked to see who was on round-up duty this week BEFORE I posted my entry (amazingly organised of me !)

Gregory K. said...

Thanks for rounding us all up! I've got an Oddaptation of Horton Hears a Who up at my blog so I can join in the fun....

Mary Lee said...

I'm feeling a little lost after several months of living in the audio world of Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy on the way to and from school every day. I found a Mary Oliver poem for Will and Lyra.

Thanks for hosting!

Stacey from Two Writing Teachers said...

Thanks for hosting this week.

I do Poetry Friday in my class where two kids share poems they've written or love (that others' have written). Then, I share a poem I find amusing, stimulating, saddening, or intriguing. Here's what I'm sharing today... it's a bit funny! :)

Thank you for rounding us up today.

TadMack said...

Thanks for the round-up, I'm in with a Susan Coolidge poem.

writer2b said...

Thanks for hosting. I'm thinking of my daughter's birthday today, and posted an Anne Stevenson poem that seemed to fit.

laurasalas said...

Thanks for hosting! I'm in today with 3 poems from Naomi Shihab Nye's new book at and also with 15 Words or Less poems (come write yours) at

jama said...

Lovely Stevenson poem! Today I'm sharing "A Room in the Past," by Ted Kooser: http://jamarattigan.livejournal/com/81677.html.

Thanks for hosting!!

Marianne H. Nielsen said...

Thanks for hosting. I'm sharing two poems from The Kingdom for a Horse, An Anthology of Poems About Horses, Edited by Betty Ann Schwartz, at

Tricia said...

I'm in with two poems in tribute to Elizabeth Barrett Browning's birthday (which was yesterday).

Thanks for rounding us up!

Laurel said...

I'm in at Kidliterary, with james Wright!!!


John Mutford said...

I'm in with a comilation of Simpsons' poetry references...

Thanks for hosting.

Kelly Fineman said...

Thanks so much for hosting. I liked Wordsworth so much last week that I'm back with more this week: I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud (or, "Daffodils").

Sylvia Vardell said...

Thanks for hosting! I've posted an experimental "mashup" poem in honor of the anniversary of my American citizenship.

Karen E. said...

Hi, Christine!
I'm in with Ted Kooser this week. Thanks for doing the round-up!

sheila said...

Thanks for hosting! You are SO organized!

I'm in with a couple of oldies AND a video for all those visual types (me). Had a little trouble with Blogger though, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it doesn't mess up.

Becky said...

Thanks for hosting! I'm in this week with ABC's of Dr. Seuss.

Becky at Farm School said...

Thanks so much for rounding up, Christine.

I'm in with an excerpt from Donald Hall's "Without".

Mary Burkey said...

Thanks for hosting! Thought I'd continue with more Naomi Shihab Nye - this time out loud!

Mary Burkey

Rebecca said...

Thanks for hosting!

I'm in with a double dactyl titled "History Lesson". It's a fun romp with a new-to-me poetical form, written by Allan Wolf.

Erin said...

Thanks for the roundup!

Lisa at Passionately Curious said...

Thanks for the round-up! My selection comes from my second grader students and where they found poetry hiding.

Mitali Perkins said...

I'm in with a depressing poem I wrote while ruminating on "lifetime achievement awards." It's called And The Oscar Went To.

Susan T. said...

Thank you so much for rounding up! I am in with a link to Mary Ann Hoberman's "Snow."

Jenny said...

Wow! You are so organized. Great job with the round up! I just posted mine with my latest stop in our poetry through the states. We are studying New Hampshire next week so we will be reading Robert Frost's Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening.

Liz in Ink said...

Thanks for rounding up! I just added another Mr. Linky since the first one is sending folks to my post from LAST week!??! I don't know how to delete it though. Sorry!!

Cheryl said...

Thank you for hosting Poetry Friday! I'm enjoying it. I had fun writing another poem about books and posting it. :)

MissS said...

I'm actually in with two poems this week: One I shared with my students today: "safety pin" by Valerie Worth and anothe one that's a rough draft of an original creation.

-- Anne Shirley

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