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The Windhover, by Hopkins: Sound, Image, Meaning

To Christ our Lord

I caught this morning morning’s minion, king-
dom of daylight’s dauphin, dapple-dawn-drawn Falcon, in his riding
Of the rolling level …

Lamb of God

Take Your Poet to Work: Wisława Szymborska

It’s one thing to start every day with a poem. But another altogether to start your day with a poet. One of our favorite days of the year is fast …

Poetry

Poetic Voices: Rachel Heimowitz and J.L. Jacobs

We are all from a place. It may be a place where we grew up. It may be a place we visited and we instantly felt at home. And it may be a place that …

Poetry

Shakespeare and Company: Playing the Fool Poetry Prompt

King Lear: Dost thou call me fool, boy?

Fool: All thy other titles thou hast given away; that thou wast born with.

—William Shakespeare, King Lear

It’s …

Poetry

Loki Goodness Campaign 7: At the Salon

Sometimes we publish fiction here at Tweetspeak Poetry. And we definitely give a place to student writing. This co-written series qualifies as both.

Popular Fiction

Top 10 Shakespeare Sonnets

Word on the street (and the English wing of your high school campus) is that William Shakespeare wrote 154 sonnets. Among other things about which I …

Take Your Poet to Work: Anna Akhmatova

It’s one thing to start every day with a poem. But another altogether to start your day with a poet. One of our favorite days of the year is fast …

Poetry

Twitter Party: Slivers of Plum at Midnight

It’s been a while since we last hosted a poetry party on Twitter, but it finally happened. Nine poets participated in our most recent Twitter party, …

Poetry

Shakespeare & Company: Write Me a Melody Poetry Prompt

What makes Shakespeare one of the greatest writers of all time? This is a writing question worth asking, if you aspire to be a great (or even a good) …

Poetry

Gold Partner Profile: Author & Publisher Laura Lynn Brown

Tweetspeak Poetry is on a beautiful quest to bring Poetry for Life to people across the world, where they live, work, learn, and take leisure. As you …

Poetry

Twitter Poems: Top Ten Poetic Tweets

We spend a lot of time on Twitter. (We’re Tweetspeak Poetry, after all.) In fact, we figure we read thousands of tweets every month. One of the …

Poetry

Take Your Poet to Work: Robert Frost

It’s one thing to start every day with a poem. But another altogether to start your day with a poet. One of our favorite days of the year is fast …

Shakespeare & Company: This One Doesn't Belong Photo & Poetry Prompt

In the plays Hamlet and Macbeth, Shakespeare uses the shock of “this one doesn’t belong” when he introduces various ghosts into the action.

The ghosts …

Poetry

Why Does Hamlet Wait to Kill the King?

William Shakespeare made a bad plot choice. That’s what some people seem to think, asking “Why does Hamlet wait to kill the king?” A better-crafted …

Great Books

Why Your Children Need Building Toys for Language and Creativity Development

My son received a set of wooden blocks before he could walk. By age five, he was writing lengthy, thoughtful letters and giving written directions to …

Toys

Take Your Poet to Work: Maya Angelou

It’s one thing to start every day with a poem. But another altogether to start your day with a poet. One of our favorite days of the year is fast …

Poetry

Poets and Poems: Sarah Blake and “Mr. West”

It may rank as one of the most unusual collections of poetry I’ve ever read. At first, I thought I was headed down the rabbit hole with Alice. Then …

Poetry

Shakespeare & Company: Dream a Little Dream Prompt

I started my kids early on Shakespeare—ages three and five. With a remote control in my hand and Michelle Pfeiffer on the screen, I simply …

How to Start, Join & Make the Most of a Writing Group

The first time I joined a writing group, I didn’t know any of the members, and since they didn’t know me, I decided to write in a genre I don’t …

Writing

The Best in Poetry: This Month's Top Ten Poetic Picks

The best in poetry (and poetic things)

1 Art & Apps

I don’t think I’d be wrong to say that how you see things depends on how you look at them. And if …

Take Your Poet to Work: William Shakespeare

It’s one thing to start every day with a poem. But another altogether to start your day with a poet. One of our favorite days of the year is fast …

Email Marketing Made Simple & Powerful

New Workshop with Jane Friedman

Wouldn’t it be nice to have a reliable and trustworthy marketing strategy, untouched and unaffected by changes in …

Poetic Voices: Sheila Squillante and Jessica Goodfellow

One thing poetry can do is present the common and familiar in completely new terms, clarifying or uncovering ideas or thoughts or insights that we …

Poetry

Shakespeare & Company: Playlist and Prompt

Shakespeare Music

Shakespeare poetry and plays are deeply memorable, like a song you love and don’t mind hearing again and again. Take this lyrical …

Order and Disorder in Macbeth

The play Macbeth, by William Shakespeare, is a story about how a man, Macbeth, and his wife tried to meddle with order and fate, and how this …

Macbeth

Top Ten 'Princess Bride' Quotes

The year that Buttercup was born, the most beautiful woman in the world was a French scullery maid named Annette.

—The Princess Bride’s opening …

Top 10

Common Core Picture Poems: Robert Frost's "Mending Wall"

Feelings run in various directions, regarding the Common Core standards, but one thing we notice in the standards is an emphasis on some pretty …

Poetry at Work: The Poetry of Retirement

In my book Poetry at Work, I conclude with a chapter on the poetry of retirement. At the time I wrote it, I didn’t have a set date for retiring, …

Loki Goodness Campaign, 6

Sometimes we publish fiction here at Tweetspeak Poetry. And we definitely give a place to student writing. This co-written series qualifies as both.

Mariposa Museum & History Center (Mariposa, California)

“If you don’t know history, then you don’t know anything. You are a leaf that doesn’t know it is part of a tree.”

—Michael Crichton

After a short visit …