Top 5 Poems on Shmoop for April (National Poetry Month)

Alas, t’is time to bid National Poetry Month a fond adieu.

Rather than go all misty-eyed, choked-up, broken-heartedly emo on you, we wanted to mark the end of the month on a celebratory note. Voila, our Poetry Top 5 lists.

Most Popular Poems on Shmoop for April, 2009

  1. The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, by T.S. Eliot
  2. The Raven, by Edgar Allan Poe
  3. My Last Duchess, by Robert Browning
  4. Ozymandias, by Percy Bysshe Shelley
  5. Death, be not proud (Holy Sonnet 10), by John Donne

Most-Searched Poets on Shmoop for April, 2009

  1. Emily Dickinson
  2. Robert Frost
  3. Langston Hughes
  4. John Donne
  5. Walt Whitman

Fall for any of the 54 Poetry Study Guides in Shmoop Poetry

Also, remember that today (April 30) is Poem in Your Pocket Day. Read a poem to the people you love. Or want to love. Go get ‘em, Tyger.

TED Talk: David Merrill: Siftables, the Toy Blocks that Think

Maybe we’re still secretly lusting after that awesome Jabba the Hut Barge lego set that was on our holiday wish list year after year. Whatever the motivation, we think Siftables are cool.

David Merrill’s talk from the most recent TED conference caught our attention. Merrill, an MIT grad student, says that his passion is “making new human-computer interactions that better map to the way our brains work.” We think that rocks. Tactile computing could change our daily lives – and education – in big and small ways.

How would you use siftables to learn or teach?

  • chemistry experiments without the chemicals?
  • legos that visually display principles of physics and architecture?

Add your ideas in the comments below. Or, tweet @helloshmoop

Watch David Merrill’s TED Talk (7 min)