Category Archives: Poetry

Romantic poetry for reading aloud

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

With Valentine’s Day coming up this week, I’m in the mood for love poetry which, by the way, is excellent for reading aloud and shared reading with seniors.

If you’re in the mood too, you might want to try these three classic love poems: 1) How Do I Love Thee? Let Me Count the Ways, by Elizabeth Barrett Browning; 2) She Walks in Beauty, by George Gordon Byron; and Of Love: A Sonnet, by Robert Herrick.

Want more? Here are some suggestions for compilations of romantic poetry:

A Little, Aloud With Love – This anthology of prose and poetry was compiled by The Reader Organization, a British nonprofit that works to bring people and great literature together for shared reading.

77 Love Sonnets by Garrison Keilor – Yes, that Garrison Keilor, from Prairie Home Companion. You can sample them on his website or order from an online bookseller.

101 Classic Love Poems – A collection of poems on love and romance.

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Three haiku

Haiku
i.
Elders want to read;
circumstances make it hard.
How can we help them?

ii.
Mom’s memory fades;
can’t read mystery novels.
Let’s try short stories.

iii.
Jim lost his eyesight;
can’t read Zane Grey paperbacks.
Time to try large print.