Resources for National Poetry Month

I’m teaching a number of clases on poetry this National Poetry Month, and I wanted to make suggestion if you want to woo a sweetheart this poetry month but don’t know where to start. So here are some resources for you you use, and some links to some of my own work on the subject:

1. Mindup.com

This website is very good at helping you organize your writing into small blocks, webs, charts, etc. This is really useful when you’re creating sonnets because it helps you set up your argument. You can even add pictures to think about the images you’re going to use in your poem!.

2. RHymezone.com

https://www.rhymezone.com/

A MUST for any poet. This website allows you to find rhymes for any word.

3. Poem Generator.uk

https://www.poem-generator.org.uk/

This website is very fun and useful for teachers and students. You plug in various adjectives, verbs, and nouns and it does the rest. The sonnets aren’t great, but you do get a clear idea of how sonnets work, and that makes it very useful for students.

A sample sonnet I made about money.

3. Folger.edu- How to Write a sonnet

One of the best pieces of advice I can give to an aspiring poet is to read other poets and learn what you like. The Folger has a yearly competition of student sonnets which you can read on their website, and lots of handouts and info that teaches you about sonnet form, so check it out!

https://www.folger.edu/shakespeare-birthday-party-at-home/write-a-sonnet

4. My Mini lecture video: Shakespeare’s sonnets

My mini-lecture on Shakespeare’s Sonnets

5. My post on sonnet writing, with more resources and advice:

6. My OUtschool Classes on Sonnets and Shakespeare’s writing:

If you want some one-on-one help with writing Elizabethan poetry, consider signing up for my online classes! I teach 2 classes on writing poetry and literary devices:

Love Poetry: Shakespeare Style

This class is a live brainstorming session where I’ll teach you to use the resources I’ve listed above to craft an Elizabethan sonnet of your very own! We’ll also discuss some of Shakespeare’s own sonnets, and the enduring mystery of the Dark Lady and the Fair Young Man.

Trailer video fo “Love Poetry: Shakespeare Style”
Page Icon for my Outschool class on Shakespearean writing.

https://outschool.com/classes/d9a6c17e-7ec2-4839-8337-152da6beaeb7/schedule#usMaRDyJ13

This class is a general intro to Shakespeare’s writing. I discuss the structure of his plays and poems, and I play a fun game where I rewrite some very famous lines in iambic pentameter:

So thanks for reading this list! I hope this helps you out, and if you do consider signing up for my class, I’m offering a special discount for the Love Poetry course: Get $5 off my class “Love Poetry- Shakespeare Style!” with coupon code HTHESVFDPO5 until May 5, 2022. Get started at https://outschool.com/classes/love-poetry-shakespeare-style-k8lL9yLK and enter the coupon code at checkout.

Let thy verse flow like a river, ye merry balladiers!

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