April is National Poetry Month

I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree …
Poems are made by fools like me.
But only God can make a tree.
                                                       Joyce Kilmer
It seems like there is a day or month to celebrate everything. I understand that the other day was National Chili Dog Day. Now that is something I can sink my teeth into.
Why would we talk about National Poetry Month on a blog about feet?  Because there are feet in poetry!  Yes, the foot is

the basic unit of measurement of accentual-syllabic meter. A foot usually contains one stressed syllable and at least one unstressed syllable. The standard types of feet in English poetry are the iamb, trochee, dactyl, anapest, spondee, and pyrrhic (two unstressed syllables)

                                                      Poetry Foundation
  Are your eyes crossed and you have started having flashbacks to freshman English class?  I know, that is confusing. It might be much more fun to just look at some poems that talk about feet.
This is an example of a concrete or visual poem. Now that is more fun than what you remember, right? 
And a poem can be short and easy to understand.
I must admit that I am not in any way a poet. My poems usually are like the following:
Roses are red
Violets are blue
I’m not much of a poet
And I guess we all know it
If you are interested in learning more about National Poetry Month, you can go to the web site.
If you are interested about feet (the kind at the bottom of your legs), then we will be back next week with more information about those feet.
Do you think there is a month to celebrate your friendly local podiatrist?  We should work on that!


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