It's National Poetry Month!
I can't say that I've read a whole lot of poetry lately, but in high school I definitely enjoyed reading poets from my British Literature course, like William Wordsworth and John Keats. I'm a bit of a romantic, I guess.
It seems writing (and reading) poetry is becoming more and more popular nowadays, and I've been noticing some modern poets that I might like to read up on soon, preferably cozied up with a cup of something hot.
To celebrate the wonderful art of poetry this month, here's a roundup of some great pins and links to poets and their works.
1. Diverse Poetry Books for Kids
2. 30 Ways to Celebrate National Poetry Month
3. 20 Modern Poets
4. The Voice by Shel Silverstein
5. Lines Composed a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey, On Revisiting the Banks of the Wye on a Tour. July 13, 1798 by William Wordsworth
6. In the Language of My Captor by Shane McCrae
7. The Canterbury Tales, and Other Poems by Geoffrey Chaucer
8. Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur
9. Millenial Poetics: A Study of Contemporary Poetry and its Developing Trends
10. The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
11. Alberta Turner
12. Poems for Kids
Well, there you have a "this and that" collection of 12 links for National Poetry Month! How will you celebrate?
Throughout history, women have been catalysts for groundbreaking movements, often behind the scenes. While many of the discoveries, efforts, and actions of women have been swept under the rug over the years, it's nice to see that there is an increasing push for honoring and uncovering the awe-inspiring accomplishments of women all over the world.
Today is International Women's Day and March is also Women's History Month, so what better time than now to share about 5 Incredible Women who have shaped or are currently shaping history as we know it?
Buffalo Calf Road
Buffalo Calf Road, born sometime in the 1850s, was a brave Native American woman of the Northern Cheyenne. In the Battle of Rosebud, she rode alongside the male warriors and heroically saved her brother, Chief Comes in Sight, after he was wounded. Her courage inspired the Cheyenne warriors to take the victory (1). She is also credited with landing the final blow that sent Colonel Custer off his horse and to his death in the Battle of the Little Bighorn (2)
Sources: 1, 2
Anna Arnold Hedgeman
Hedgeman, born in Iowa in 1899, was an African-American feminist and social activist who pioneered several firsts and played an important role in the Civil Rights movement. She was the first black woman to graduate from Hamline University and "was also the only woman on the executive committee that organized Martin Luther King, Jr.'s famous March on Washington in 1963" (1). She also briefly served as executive vice-president of the National Organization for Women (NOW) (1).
Sendler, born in Poland in 1910, was a nurse during World War II. She served in the Polish Underground (1) and managed to smuggle nearly 2,500 Jewish children from the Warsaw Ghetto in her truck, masking any noises made by the children with her barking dog. She then helped these children to be either reunited with their family members or put into foster families (2
Aquino, born in the Philippines in 1933, is considered "the Mother of Asian Democracy." After her husband's assassination spurred her to join the opposition, Aquino became the first female president of the Philippines and the first of all of Asia. "She is the leader of the world's most successful non-violent and bloodless peace revolution for democracy against a dictatorial regime" (1)
Mirzakhani, born in Iran in 1977, was the first woman and first Iranian to receive the Fields Medal for her outstanding work in the field of mathematics. Leading up to this honor, she was awarded with several other achievements, including being the first Iranian student to get a perfect score at the International Mathematical Olympiad.
Other posts to read for International Women's Day
Just wanted to pop in and say a short and sweet Happy Valentine's Day! These are some little Valentine's cards I put together for my sweet kiddos at school who I pull for sight word practice. I love working with age groups who still think cards and stickers and crafts are the best thing ever!
Daniel and I aren't doing much of anything to celebrate tonight, but Friday night we are planning on going to a concert at a local coffee shop! It'll be both our Valentine's and 2-months-married celebration at once. I'll let you know how it goes!
How are you celebrating today?
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I'm a twenty-something trying to figure out this adult thing and using my spare time to run an art shop on Etsy and write a blog about life, art, education, and travel.