Poetry has been figuring in a lot of teen literature lately. Have you noticed? I don’t mean novels in verse, quality as some recent titles have been. Nor do I mean poetry collections for teens (a la Poisoned Apples or Paint Me Like I Am). The Guardian noticed this poetry trend, too, pointing out a few examples in a recent article, and asked its readers for more.
I liked how the article noted authors’ uses of poetry, such as Meg Cabot beginning the chapters of Avalon High with stanzas from The Lady of Shalott. These stanzas just happen to give a clue about the characters’ identities. The article also mentioned a similar use of poetry in Clockwork Angel, by Cassandra Clare: the lines that open the chapters are all from poets who lived in the time of the novel’s setting, late-19th century London. Continue reading Line by Line: Poetry in Teen Fiction
In celebration of National Poetry Month, and because I am a poetry lover myself, I wanted to share some YA fiction titles in which a major character reads and/or writes poetry. If you are reading this blog entry, then you probably enjoy poetry too. And if you are like me â€“ who has not kept the promise she made to herself some time ago to read a poem every day â€“ you could do with some inspiration.
So take a look at the list below, pick out a couple novels to read and let the presence of poetry move you to read or write some verse yourself!
The Sweet Revenge of Celia Door by Karen Finneyfrock
Author Karen Finneyfrock is herself a poet. Celia, the protagonist of this novel, dreams of becoming one. She also dreams of revenge on classmate Sandy for what she did to Celia in eighth grade, an act which is not revealed until late in the novel. As Celia writes: â€œThat’s the day the trouble started. / The trouble that nearly ruined my life. / The trouble that turned me Dark. / The trouble that begs me for revenge.â€ Rejected by her classmates, Celia finds comfort in writing poetry. She even turns her mom’s notes into haiku. An unexpected friendship with Drake, a boy who has just transferred to Celia’s high school, eventually opens Celia up to a new way of seeing the world and a more hopeful approach to life.
Continue reading Get Inspired: YA Novels with Characters Who Read or Write Poetry