Give a Gift During National Poetry Month
- APRIL 1, 2013
- By Selena Kohng
“Poetry is nearer to vital truth than history.”
April is National Poetry Month. Bookworms and wordsmiths across the nation are celebrating this art form (most likely by, well, writing a poem). After all, at the risk of overloading on quotes, W.H. Auden is noted to have said: “A poet is, before anything else, a person who is passionately in love with language.” Honor this literary landmark month by giving a book of verse or poetry-inspired gift to a fellow bibliophile.
Laughter may be the best medicine, but poetry resuscitates the heart. This tome of inspiring poetry by various authors is a healing, holistic way to encourage a loved one.
Who says poetry can’t be fun? This Haikubes game lets players roll the dice; the words that they land on become the building blocks of their haikus for anything from zany to heartfelt bits of prose.
Dickinson fans can now wear their fandom on their sleeve. This long-sleeved shirt sports one of her most famous poems, on hope.
Of course, this list would be incomplete without a romantic gift. Take a creative spin on traditional romance with this one-page layout of all 150 Shakespearean sonnets, ready for hanging and swooning over. (Other Shakespeare classics are also available.)
Gifts to Inspire Poetry
All poet laureates start in the same place: with a pen in hand and an open journal. This classic leather journal is slim enough to go where they go, waiting to record their musings the instant inspiration strikes. Take it up a notch with this ornate peacock-designed version, or help cure insomnia with this I Can’t Sleep journal. Don’t forget to pick up a pen; they’ll channel the literary giants of history with this feather pen set, complete with a quill, wood pen, nibs, and ink.