National Poetry Month 2018

National Poetry Month is one of the "largest literary celebrations in the world." Did you know that the Bible contains examples of Hebrew poetry in the books of Job, Ecclesiastes, Proverbs, Song of Songs, and in the Psalms? Or that Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, one of the few American writers honored in the Poets' Corner of Westminster Abbey, wrote one of his most famous poems as a reflection on the Bible?

Longfellow's "Psalm of Life," from Genesis 3:10, became what the Poetry Foundation calls a "mainstay of national culture." Another poem he wrote became the basis for the Christmas Carol, "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day"—his words in its familiar last stanza being a reference to Luke 2:14: "With peace on earth, good will to men!"

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