A Week in Verse: An Introduction.

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s time my first feature of 2012.
You know you’ve missed them.
If you’re new to my blog, or are just passing through because you thought this blog was called ‘Wear MY Old Coat’ and I was giving away my old coats, and therefore are not privy to my highly organised and professional features, I will explain.
Basically, every now and again, I look at the books that I own that I want/need to read and if any of them are remotely similar I turn it into a feature and pretend I was planning on doing it all along!

I also make an adorable button so it definitely looks official.

Because only the coolest kids read verse.

The incredible Mr James Dean is helping me out for this feature.
(He is reading the poems of James Whitcomb Riley, children’s poet, if you’re interested.)

Now I love poetry and I kind of want to say that I always have been but that would be a lie. My love for poetry probably stemmed from AS-Level English when I studied Carol Ann Duffy’s The World’s Wife (Not YA at all but still you should definitely read it. It’s such an amazing collection).

I know a lot of people are reluctant to pick up poetry and novels in verse because of a various reasons.

Some reactions that I have found:

How can a novel written in verse, with about five words per page, even begin to portray emotions like a normal book?

POEMS THAT RHYME SHOULD BE STRICKEN FROM EXISTENCE. ( I agree- people who write rhyming poetry should be hanged. *cough and another cough*)

I hate it when authors try to be fancy
with       the
OF their WoRdS.

I just can’t connect with poetry.

I don’t know much about poetry so how would I know if the book is crap or not?

Urgh, poems are just so pretentious.

I was once forced to sit in a stuffy lecture room while our lecturer played a tape of T.S Eliot reading out The Wasteland in its entirety.

Either way, poems and novels written in verse are always picked last and it’s a shame because there are some absolutely stunning YA books out there

As usual I will only be reading and reviewing a tiny portion of the wonderful books and poetry that are available. It’s interesting, actually, because 3 out of the 5 books/poetry I’ll be reading are in fact new releases.
Maybe it’s a sign that people are getting over their dread of the verse?
I hope so.

On Sunday I will be posting a list of other recommendations from both my friends and me in case you’re interested in reading any more.

The Books/Poems I Will Be Reading.

1)Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T.S Eliot. (My review)
2)Lies, Knives and Girls in Red Dresses by Ron Koertge. (My review)
3)Chasing Brooklyn by Lisa Schroeder. (My review)
4) The Weight of Water by Sarah Crossan. (My review)

Favourite Childhood Poems. 
Verse Recommendations.

So sit back, grab a brew and join me on a poetical adventure and gratuitous pictures of James Dean.


*This may or may not have happened to me.

6 thoughts on “A Week in Verse: An Introduction.

  1. Really excited about this feature. I haven't read poetry in ages! I think school tends to put people of, an sometimes its hard to find poetry you can connect with. I love war poetry – especially from WW1 trenches.

    I've got May B on the way which will be the first verse YA I've read. Can;t wait to read your recommendations!

  2. Oooh, great idea for a feature, can't wait! I recently got over my dread of verse thanks to The Weight of Water so I'm fully on board – especially if there's a side helping of James Dean!

  3. Ooooo, this looks really interesting. I guiltily hold my hand up and say I'm one of those who was put off poetry at school. The only stuff I really liked was John Donne and that was only because he was a bit saucy.
    Saying that, last year, I read a good Aussie YA book written in verse – Lonesome Howl (I think) by Steven Herrick. Worth checking out.

  4. okay, pumped for this week (even though my comment here is ABYSMALLY late)

    loving your blog, always (even though i hardly have time to comment)

    x Nomes

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