Poetry is an integral part of a well-rounded English experience. Whether it rhyme or not, a meaningful poem is a great thing to commit to memory, and will often stay tucked away in your mind for life. Who doesn’t recognize Robert Frost’s The Road Not Taken:
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth…
…Two roads diverged in a wood, and I-
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
In the wide world of poetry, where does one begin finding poems to read?
Poetry Speaks Who I am is a great place to start. Written specifically for your middle grade students, selections include those from well-known poets such as Robert Frost, Emily Dickinson, and Langston Hughes, and names you might not recognize, but each poem was hand-picked from the editor as they include topics a middle-grader would relate to and appreciate.
With over 100 selections, there is a wide range of poems offered. This is a great anthology, and a good resource for finding meaningful poems for your student.
Hopefully readers will be challenged and inspired to memorize a few, and even try their hand at writing their own poems. This book also includes an audio CD with poets reading their own work. Thanks to the publisher for providing me with a copy of the book for this review.