National Poetry Month

Let me go outside my content area for a minute so we can celebrate National Poetry Month.  I LOVE POETRY – I have since I was a little kid and my elementary school librarian used to let me check out the “big kid” poetry books even when I was in, like, second grade.

There’s a lot of poems that I love, including the Erlkonig, which we had to memorize in high school German, and Immortal Autumn, which I had to memorize in my violin studio in college (for some reason).

BUT, I have two all-time favorite poems.  The first is from Emily Dickinson, which I have loved for a long time.  My love for it has only increased as one of my favorite authors, John Green, has started to use it to refer to the success of his favorite soccer teams…

Hope is the thing with feathers

“Hope” is the thing with feathers –
That perches in the soul –
And sings the tune without the words –
And never stops – at all –
And sweetest – in the Gale – is heard –
And sore must be the storm –
That could abash the little Bird
That kept so many warm –
I’ve heard it in the chillest land –
And on the strangest Sea –
Yet – never – in Extremity,
It asked a crumb – of me.
The second is by William Ernest Henley.  It gives me chills every time I read it.
Out of the night that covers me,
      Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
      For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
      I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
      My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
      Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
      Finds and shall find me unafraid.
It matters not how strait the gate,
      How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate,
      I am the captain of my soul.
Now that I’m looking at them side by side, the two have extremely similar messages.  I guess that probably says something about me.

Author: missmastalio

Math teacher at an alternative high school. Living the best life.

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