GoWYLD Database: CultureGrams for National Poetry Month



Can you find National Poetry Month resources on CultureGrams? You bet!

CultureGrams offers the history of poetry around the world, as well as the various forms poetry can be found in. Searching “poetry” in the World Edition or the Kids Edition (and one entry in the Provinces Edition; the Sourdough Rendezvous festival in Yukon) will provide you with fun and interesting facts in these various cultures—the perfect resource to explore as National Poetry Month winds down over the next week.

Here are a few fun poetry facts we found using CultureGrams:

  • Bangladeshis are generally proud of their artistic tradition, which is much older than their young country. Poetry, music, and literature are highly valued. Ethnic Bengali poetry, known for its passion and emotion, reflects the character of the Bangladeshi people.
  • In the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, orators known as ighyuwa, or griots, sing praise poetry and recite oral histories and other forms of poetry.
  • In the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, poetry  is a cherished art. Anciently, poets used their art to shame enemies, record great feats and genealogies, and praise their patrons. Today, poems and stories are both published and preserved orally.

To start exploring CultureGrams, go to GoWYLD.net, or click here for resources to promote this database in your library.

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