Friday, April 29, 2016

Poetry Friday: 10 Facts About Poets Laureate

Photo credit: Matt Willmann

As National Poetry Month draws to a close, I'm sharing 10 Facts About Poets Laureate. They're all interesting, but here's a fun little factoid:
In olden times in England, the Laureate’s salary used to include an allotment of wine...The UK revived the tradition in 1972, and their poet laureate receives a barrel of sherry. 
The current U.S. Poet Laureate, Juan Felipe Herrera, was just appointed to a second term.

Here's a list of all past Poets Laureate.

And here are a few more facts.

And while National Poetry Month is wrapping up, Poetry Friday will always be a part of the blog with the shockingly clever title.


Buffy Silverman said...

A barrel of sherry! That's a fine payment (I wonder whether sherry improves one's poetry!)

Linda B said...

So funny to think about a barrel of sherry being delivered. I guess it's a fine, but impersonal, gift, right?

jama said...

I think the U.S. Poet Laureate should receive a barrel of chocolate -- proven inspiration for writers of all stripes. :)

Mary Lee said...

Ohio finally has a poet laureate, and I met him and got a book autographed to add to my collection of autographed books by poets laureate!

Karen Edmisten said...

Buffy and Linda: Yes, sherry = fine but impersonal
Jama: Chocolate = perfection
Mary Lee: Autographed books by poets laureate = happy Poetry Fridayers