Daily Poetry Break


January 23, 2004

An Ode for St Cecelia's Day, by Joseph Addison

Daily Poetry Breaks for January 23 in past years have been:
  • 2003: Tomorrow, Tomorrow by Derrick Walcott.
  • 2002: On the Prospect of Planting Arts and Learning in America by George Berkely.
  • 2001: Little Nell's Funeral by Charles Dickens.
  • 1998: Rhymes? by Henry S. Leigh.

    Every weekday, your Daily Poetry Break features a work from Steve Spanoudis' invaluable collection of poems, The Poets' Corner. Sometimes a poem is chosen because it is appropriate to the date; sometimes because someone requested it; but usually just because I have something to say about it. The selected poems are not necessarily "good", in the sense that critics have said nice things about them, but they are usually interesting and entertaining.

    You won't find material that is under copyright here, except where organizations and educational institutions have secured permission for its publication. For the most part, that means that the newest poems will be at least 75 years old. Fortunately, they wear well.

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    Previous Poetry Breaks

    01/08/04 "Let me live out my years", by John G. Neihardt 01/06/04 Stars, Songs, Faces, by Carl Sandburg
    01/02/04 The Passing of the Year, by Robert Service

    Daily Poetry Breaks from January 1, 2003 to December 31, 2003
    Daily Poetry Breaks from January 1, 2002 to December 31, 2002
    Daily Poetry Breaks from January 1, 2001 to December 31, 2001
    Daily Poetry Breaks from January 1, 2000 to December 31, 2000
    Daily Poetry Breaks from December 17, 1998 to December 31, 1999
    Daily Poetry Breaks from December 13, 1997 to December 16, 1998