Trying to get into poetry for the first time can feel a bit daunting – there is just SO MUCH poetry out there, where do you start? If I hadn’t studied English at uni and been given poems to read and poets to explore, there’s a good chance I would have dismissed poetry altogether. That’s why studying literature is so rewarding; it pushes you out of your comfort zone and forces you to read things you might never have considered before.
This is where Poetry Picks comes into it. It’ll be my first recurring feature, and it’s exactly as it sounds: I pick a poem, poet or collection and talk a little bit about it. But don’t worry, it won’t be heavy on the analysis! Just a quick introduction, a couple of lines about what strikes me about the poem, and a few pointers towards some particularly notable aspects of it. From there it’s up to you how much further you want to delve!
So stay tuned if you’re interested in poetry and are just looking for a place to start.