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Here are the top ten articles for the Poetry Site! These rankings are live and get reset at the beginning of each month, so check back often to see what your fellow visitors are most interested in!
1. The Caged Bird by Maya Angelou
This article is a close reading and analysis of Maya Angelou's poem The Caged Bird
2. What is Poetry to Me?
This is an introductory article on the nature of poetry and why it is important. It covers ideas why poetry touches us all and how it is found everywhere in advertising, popular music and movies.
3. Ten Places to Publish Poetry for Profit
Every budding poet wants to turn their hobby into profit. Here are ten places you can publish your poetry that pay.
4. Who is the Speaker of a Poem?
Just because a poem uses the word “I” doesn’t mean that it’s the poet herself speaking. Learn why it makes a difference.
5. Change Your Mind
Keeping everything the same is boring. Change is good for your brain. Change the way you write, read, and think about poetry after reading this article.
6. What Do Women Want? by Kim Addonizio
In the poem "What Do Women Want?" Kim Addonizio uses a red dress as a metaphor for answering the question posed by the title.
7. Choosing a Title for your Poem
The first thing any reader sees of your poem is the title. Make sure it's a good one!
8. Bed In Summer by Robert Louis Stevenson
Robert Louis Stevenson, author of Treasure Island, offers a simple summer poem perfect for children just learning to read and recite poetry.
9. Shakespeare's Summer Sonnet
Shakespeare's Sonnet 18 compares his love to a summer's day.
10. Principles of Analyzing Sound in Poetry
Poets choose words carefully for their sounds. Learn how to identify and interpret the role of sound in poetry.
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