Poetry has been around for centuries. It’s one of the best forms of writing to release emotions. With thought and genuine feeling, it can be extremely powerful. As we venture in NaPoWriMo, I want you all to remember that being a poet is not selective, it’s something everyone can do.
So of the best poets came from times or situations of hardship. So I thought I would use this as an opportunity to share with you some of my personally favorite poets along with the contributions they’ve made to the literary arts.
One of the most notable would have to be the esteemed Maya Angelou. Not only was she a poet, she was a singer, actress and civil rights activist. She made history as the first African American bestseller in the nonfiction category. A poem that I believe to be one of her best, it’s also very well known, “Still I Rise.” It’s a touching poem that teaches us all to fight through the battles in life. No matter what was thrown at her, she still rose, and it’s imploring us to do the same. It’s an inspiration to be daring, even if we face criticism and adversity.
A more recently popular poet, Rupi Kaur, is one of my new favorites. If you’ve read either of her books “Milk and Honey” or “The Sun and Her Flowers,” you likely know why. She’s very empowering as a poet. While more focused at the modern day woman, all her pieces can resonate with each person in some way. He topics are very relatable, especially in this day and time. She pushes the boundaries of modern poetry with her feministic and strong words. She is a force to be reckoned with.
And of course, a poet I could not dare to leave out, Shell Silverstein. He has been a favorite since my childhood as he’s one of the first poets I was introduced to. His books are very well known and commonly taught on or mentioned in elementary school. His words teach creativity, imagination, and push for individuality. He was more than the cookie cutter mold as far as poets go, as he targeted are far younger demographic. Yet he was one of the best when I was in elementary school and continues to be.