Was Geoffrey Chaucer, father of English poetry, also something of a crook? The verdict is still out. But here's the evidence, including some not assembled before. You decide....

Was Chaucer A Crook?

Was Geoffrey Chaucer, father of English poetry, also something of a crook? The verdict is still out. But here's the evidence, including some not assembled before. You decide.

This poem came to me at the precise moment that I needed it!

Sweet Darkness- David Whyte if I only had one book of poetry it would be his.

Celebrated Authors and Famous Thinkers. Ward Lock and Co, London, New York, c.1895. Among the subjects are Geoffrey Chaucer (“the Father of English Poetry”), Charles Dickens (“A Successful Man’s Secret of Success”), Homer (“the Poet of the Heroic World”), Charlotte Brontë (“A Sober View of Life; Hard Experiences”) and Jean Baptiste Poquelin de Molière (“A Writer of Comedies”).

Celebrated Authors and Famous Thinkers. Ward Lock and Co, London, New York, Among the subjects are Geoffrey Chaucer (“the Father of English Poetry”), Charles Dickens (“A Successful Man’s.

Dylan Thomas  Welcome to Dover Publications

Dylan Thomas: Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night. Via Dover Publications. this poem is also in a book series, Matched, Crossed, and Reached.

For a handwriting activity with a self-portrait.  What a fun gift for Mother's or Father's Day!

"I am poem" One of my favorite activities to do with kids. **There is also a Poetry Unit and Some Awesome Info. On Student Led Conferences!

My kids each wrote one of these for me for Mother's Day when they were in 4th grade - never fails to make me cry...

The Loco Teacher: where Im from poetry whole page talks about how she does the poetry lesson.

In an acrostic poem, the first letter of each line spells out a word or message! Give your child a fun challenge with this acrostic "mother" poem starter.

Acrostic Poem:

Sir Thomas Wyatt by Hans Holbein the Younger. Wyatt was an ambassador for Henry VIII & most probably his rival for Anne Boleyn (indeed he was imprisoned in the Tower of London for an alleged adulterous affair w/ her). Along with Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey, he introduced the sonnet from Italy into England. He has been called the "Father of English Poetry." The convention in love poetry of the hard-hearted lover may be attributed to Wyatt. He was more than six feet tall, strong, and…

5 May 1536 – More Men in the Tower of London By May two further arrests had taken place: courtier, poet and diplomat Sir Thomas Wyatt, and Sir Richard Page, a Gentleman of the Privy Chamber.

Grew, Nehemiah, 1641-1712.  The anatomy of plants - Biodiversity Heritage Library

The anatomy of plants / Nehemiah Grew. Nehemiah Grew September 1641 – 25 March was an English plant anatomist and physiologist, very famously known as the “Father of Plant Physiology.

'IF' by Rudyard Kipling. This was in my home when I was growing up. It was actually a helpful poem to read.

‘IF’ by Rudyard Kipling sung by Joni Mitchell and recited by Dennis Hopper

Haven't seen this poem in forever! We all had to memorize and recite this to our English teacher in high school as part of extra credit. (and i actually memorized it) lol Blast from the past!

books0977:  Countess Alexander Nikolaevitch Lamsdorff (née Maria Ivanovna Beck, 1835–1866), 1859. Franz Xaver Winterhalter (German, Academic, 1805–1873). Oil on canvas. Metropolitan Museum of Art. The book of English poetry in her lap is thought to be a reference to her father, Ivan Alexandrovitch Beck, a poet and translator. Her choice of a fashionable day dress may have been suggested by Winterhalter.

“Countess Alexander Nikolaevitch Lamsdorff (née Maria Ivanovna Beck, Franz Xaver Winterhalter (German, Academic, Oil on canvas. Metropolitan Museum of Art.

This is without a doubt my favorite poem of all time.  A great thanks is owed to my 7th grade English teacher who made us memorize it! Rudyard Kipling

Rudyard Kipling poem "If" - this used to hang framed in our house growing up :)

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