If you’ve stumbled across this site because your teacher told you to read a poem, or write a poem, or that poetry will change your life, you’re in the right place. If you’re a high school student, you are in the majority. If you’re an adult, and have never read a poem, it’s okay, you’re not screwed yet. We can help you. We will be your guide. Allow us to be your Carnival Cruise tour guide, because let’s face it, if you don’t hop aboard the lifeboat of poetry, you will not survive.
First thing you need to remember: poems, when written properly, can change your life. Recite a love poem to the girl of your dreams – with a straight face – and she might slap you in public, and kiss you in private. Read an angry poem to the bully that’s been stealing your lunch money, or your girl, or underwear, and he’ll be so confused that he’ll run home crying to his mother. Stand up when a teacher asks you about your favorite poem, and recite, from memory, John Donne’s “The Compass,” and you will get an automatic A for the term.
Book Riot has put together the perfect flowchart for the first time reader of poetry. Take a look below. Let us know what you think!