April is National Poetry Month, and for a fun project at work I need to pick out about 10 poems to share with colleagues throughout the month.
Help!!! Even though I volunteered for this, the fact of the matter is that I’m pretty much a novice at poetry.
So…any suggestions? Here’s what I need:
[li]The poems must be in the public domain.[/li][li]They can’t be too long - e.g. I’m not going to reproduce and send out the entire Rime of the Ancient Mariner, though an excerpt might work.[/li][li]The poems - OBVIOUSLY - must be safe for work. :)[/li][li]Accessibility is, I think, key - at least for the majority of the poems. I’d like suggestions that the average reader can more or less “get” on the first read through, even if subsequent readings reveal deeper pleasures.[/li][li]I’d prefer not to use anything that’s TOO obvious or well-known - the kind of thing everyone already half-remembers from high school, such as The Raven or Browning’s Sonnet 43 (“How do I love thee? Let me count the ways…”) It doesn’t have to be obscure; just not a “Top Ten Greatest Hit.” In classical music terms, no Pachelbel’s canon or Eine Kleine Nachtmusik.[/li][li]A diversity of moods and tones would be good - something romantic, something funny, something profound, something scary…[/li][/ul]