Mar 02

The Great Poets Challenge

[Art: Alden Bond, YWP]
Hey YWP, you might know me on the site as Nightheart. I want to introduce you to some great poets I've discovered – from all walks of life. Learn about their style, their themes, their contributions to the poetry landscape. Gain inspiration from the topics that they choose to write about, and become inspired by some of their most famous poems! Write to the Great Poets challenge if you're inspired by these poets' work. The poets are organized by months, but you can write about any of the poets anytime in this ongoing challenge.

MARCH 2021 – This month's Great Poet focuses around the life and work of Sylvia Plath, one of the best known 20th century poets. She has a novel that is extremely well known as well, called The Bell Jar, (1963), which is a wonderful read. Her work centers around her struggles with mental illness and living as a woman during a time where women still did not have many of the freedoms that we have now. 
Biography: https://www.britannica.com/biography/Sylvia-Plath 
Works: 
Daddy-https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/48999/daddy-56d22aafa45b2 
Epitaph for Fire and Flower-https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poetrymagazine/browse?volume=89&issue=4...
Edge-https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/49009/edge-56d22ab50bbc1
On the Decline of Oracles-https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poetrymagazine/browse?contentId=28128
Once you're done discovering her writing, go to the Great Poets challenge and write something that is inspired by her writing, or a homage to the poet herself! Please indicate her name at the top of your piece. If a specific poem or story inspired you, please include it



FEBRUARY 2021 – February is Black History Month, and so the poet we're honoring this month is the incredible Maya Angelou. I'm providing you with a quick bio and some examples of her poems. Feel free to explore more than what's listed here. And, again, once you're done discovering her writing, go to the Great Poets challenge and write something that is inspired by her writing, or a homage to the poet herself! Please indicate her name at the top of your piece, and any specific writing that inspired you.
Biography: https://poets.org/poet/maya-angelou
Works:
Caged Bird-https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/48989/caged-bird
Still I Rise-https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/46446/still-i-rise
The Mothering Blackness-https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/48991/the-mothering-blackness
California Prodigal-https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/48986/california-prodigal

Thanks, and have a good time writing! Need more info or just want to talk poetry? Message me on the site at Nightheart.