National Poetry Day, founded in 1994 by the charity Forward Arts Foundation, is an annual celebration that inspires people throughout the UK to enjoy, discover and share poems. Everyone is invited to join in, whether by organising events, displays, competitions or by simply posting favourite lines of poetry on social media using #nationalpoetryday
The theme for this year is CHANGE. Expect an explosion of activity nationwide, thousands of events will take place across the UK - in schools, libraries, bookshops and hospitals, on buses, trains and boats. All celebrating poetry's power to bring people together
Stalbridge library are asking you to bring your favourite poems to the Library where they will be displayed for all the community to share To encourage here is a favourite from Rudyard Kipling
The Way Through the Woods
by Rudyard Kipling
THEY shut the road through the woods
Seventy years ago
Weather and rain have undone it again,
And now you would never know
There was once a road through the wood
Before they planted the trees.
It is underneath the coppice and heath,
And the thin anemones.
Only the keeper sees
That, where the ring-dove broods,
And the badgers roll at ease,
There was once a road through the woods.
Yet, if you enter the woods
Of a summer evening late,
When the night-air cools on the trout-ringed pools
Where the otter whistles his mate,
(They fear not men in the woods,
Because they see so few.)
You will hear the beat of a horse’s feet,
And the swish of a skirt in the dew,
Steadily cantering through
The misty solitudes,
As though they perfectly knew
The old lost road through the woods.
But there is no road through the woods.