Voices Behind the Ink: When Poets started writing their Verses

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Something in Italian. #GiornataMondialePoesia16
Poets tell us when and why they started writing poetry.
So back to my question: should I teach poetry at a vocational High School? https://matenglishblog.wordpress.com/2016/02/28/poetry-for-life/

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Poetry: A Window to our Life


When I was at school, it was just a compulsory activity. After High School, it became to me a solitude pleasure. Even if, I am honest here, I read poems once in a blue moon. But a poetry book always lies on my nightstand, waiting for the right moment to come to me.

April, I have recently found out, is the American National Poetry month

In the school I am teaching in, it is also a special month because it is the school poetry competition month too. We will take advantage of it to work on some creative writing activities in the classroom. This will be quite an experiment to me, teaching in a vocational High School. But I am deeply truly  sure my students will come out with the most amazing poems.

What is Poetry to me? A window. A closed window to be open, to the world of your feelings, and to the real world too. Outside Life comes in contact with your inner personal Life, and they melt together.

It is a great feeling, when you are reading THE poem. And everything seems much more pleasant and easy to understand, and you just think: Well, this poet could read my thoughts, even before I was born. This just shows us that humans can have and share the same inner thoughts and feelings.


I leave you with this, some of the most powerful lines I have personally ever read:

Ode to the West Wind


P.B. Shelley 1792 - 1822
If I were a dead leaf thou mightest bear;
If I were a swift cloud to fly with thee;
A wave to pant beneath thy power, and share

The impulse of thy strength, only less free
Than thou, O Uncontrollable! If even
I were as in my boyhood, and could be

The comrade of thy wanderings over Heaven,
As then, when to outstrip thy skiey speed
Scarce seemed a vision; I would ne’er have striven

As thus with thee in prayer in my sore need.
Oh! lift me as a wave, a leaf, a cloud!
I fall upon the thorns of life! I bleed!

A heavy weight of hours has chained and bowed
One too like thee: tameless, and swift, and proud.


Poetry rocks

One of my favorite things about spring is that April 1 rolls around and brings me all sorts of poetry as I scroll through my social media feeds. Thank you, National Poetry Month! Don’t get me wrong – I read poetry all year long. I have the Poetry Foundation app on my phone and I […]

via POLL: What’s Your Favorite Poem? — Nerdy Book Club

Voices Behind the Ink: When Poets started writing their Verses

Something in Italian. #GiornataMondialePoesia16
Poets tell us when and why they started writing poetry.
So back to my question: should I teach poetry at a vocational High School? https://matenglishblog.wordpress.com/2016/02/28/poetry-for-life/

a book every two weeks, Zuckerberg’s choice



Zuckerberg introduced these books through his ‘A Year of Books’ reading group

Source: 23 Books Everyone Should Read, According to Mark Zuckerberg


Sometimes I would like to stay at home, shut the doors, lock me up in the living room, sit comfortably on my sofa, a cup of tea in my hand and just read-read-read. It is so overwhelming to let myself drift away from the real world into a parallel world where everything can happen and amazing events can occur. And then back to reality!

Whatever the book. Just the thought of relaxing with a book is enough for me. Well, yes, a good book then makes the difference. After so many years, maternity stopped me from reading somehow, I have started reading again a lot of books, like hundred. It is as if books are calling for me, and I have been lucky enough to find out so many memorable books in the last months. If you are curious or you just need a piece of advice, just leave a message and it will be my pleasure to answer you.


1 – Do you like reading? What do you think reading is important for? Do you believe reading is essential for human life? Why or why not? Is reading a passion for you? Or is it just a compulsory school activity? What do you usually read?  Do you prefer short newspaper articles or books? How many books did you read last year? Have you ever read poetry? Have you ever read Shakespeare, for example? Would you like to read Romeo and Juliet or Macbeth? Do you think Italians read enough? What about young people? Why, in your humble opinion, aren’t they interested in reading?

2 – Let’s improve  our creative writing now. Complete these sentences:

Reading may be…
Reading disturbs…

Reading lifts us up from…
Reading let us…
Reading gives us…

3 – TAKE THE SURVEY (fate il sondaggio)


I am looking forward to read your comments and your poem on the above mentioned topic.

Unfortunately, it seems young people in Italy don’t read enough. 😦 See statistics.

Mrs D.


For further study, read the following article:

Pleasure of Reading

Reading may be a compulsion for a school going child, pastime for a retired person, but a pleasure for many. You can discover  a smile on the face of novel-reader, a gleam in the eyes of the reader of a poem and furrow of seriousness on the forehead of a person reading a newspaper report. Reading disturbs mind and heart. Waves of thinking and emotion are generated by reading. So the pleasure is immediate and it continues to linger in the mind.

Reading lifts us up from the harsh realities of life into the world of imagination. The magic touch of fancy transmutes grief into joy, failure into success, pain into pleasure and fear into hope. Even an unhappy man sheds his unhappiness and realities no longer press hard.

Reading gives intellectual satisfaction. A detective novel satisfies the sense of curiosity, serious literature encourages intellectual activity, light literature amuses us and poetry stirs our imaginations. One can relive the past and create the future by reading. By reading books, we enrich our experience and sharpens our judgments. Experience, in its turn, makes us wiser and self-confident.

Books can give company when human beings cannot. We can happily spend our lonely hours in the company of the author-tailored characters. A train journey may be tiresome if we do not have a magazine or a newspaper by our side sleepless nights may not be spent without a mystery thriller.

Reading gives us varied pleasure. A sensuous poet may provide a rich feast for our senses, another may satisfy our aesthetic sense and another may give intellectual edification. Reading gives spiritual, intellectual and even sensuous pleasure.