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Reading Poetry

by River Seiler on 2023-03-06T08:00:00-06:00 in Language and Literature | 0 Comments

Hi friends!

We're celebrating World Poetry Day in the Library with a display of our poetry. Check out our Collection Highlights display to see part of our collection!

How to Read Poetry 

There's so much poetry out there! But because poetry is formatted differently from other types of creative writing, it can be difficult for new readers to get into. There's quite a few guides to reading poetry out there, but here are few that we recommend as starting points!

A good starting point for reading poetry comes from the "How to Read a Poem" article from If you can get past these three false assumptions when reading poetry, you'll be enjoying poetry before you know it!

  1. Don't assume that you should understand the poem the first time you read it!
  2. Don't feel that the poem is a code you need to crack!
  3. Don't assume that "the poem can mean anything readers want it to mean."

Poetry Recommendations

A good way to get into poetry is reading about a topic that interests you. Book Riot has put together some lists of different poetry topics that would be good starting places.

Book Riot also has a list of easier poetry books that may help you get started.

We hope this gets you started on your poetry journey! 

Thanks for reading! We hope to see you in the Library again soon!

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