Appreciating poetry during National Poetry Month

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April is National Poetry Month, and Molly Ovenden of Molly Ovenden Creativity is a poet herself and shares ways to appreciate poetry. “One way I like to describe poetry is: it’s a container for emotions. When we learn about poetry in school we explicate, or dissect it- kind of like a frog. It gets kind of removed and complicated, looking at all these literary devices”

First she recommends reading poetry, adding to “read widely and a variety.”

But you can also listen to poetry, and appreciate it beyond the page. “Some is meant to be experienced and performed.”

Also consider giving poetry as a gift, Molly says, “Either write a poem yourself or go to a local bookstore and ask for recommendations for poetry.”