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52 Library Card Uses

52 Library Card Uses

Discover your favorite poet. Number 38 in a series of uses for your library card.

Rap is a kind of poetry, a hard, edgy, modern kind.
But people have been writing fierce poetry for a long time. Even poets from far more genteel eras found ways to barb words so their poetry stuck in the mind.
We often look to poetry when emotions are at their strongest. We use the simple, heartfelt words of Laurence Binyon, written during WWI, to honor the service of fallen veterans:

They shall not grow old,
As we that are left grow old.
Age shall not weary them,
Nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun,
And in the morning,
We will remember them.
We will remember them.


We also use poetry to speak of love. More than 400 years ago Christopher Marlowe wrote:

Come live with me and be my love,
And we will all the pleasures prove
That valleys, groves, hills, and fields,
Woods or steepy mountain yields.


These are words you might today find in a Valentine’s Day card.  We seem most comfortable reading poetry and responding to it at special events and in cards. But poetry is for every day. Great River Regional Library has many books of poetry. You’ll find them on the non-fiction shelves. Using the Dewey numbering system, 811 is American poetry, 821 is British poetry, and the poetry of other languages follows throughout the 800s. Take some home. You can browse poetry for just a few minutes and be rewarded by something you remember for the rest of your life.