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What are Sadie Hawkins poems?

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Sadie Hawkins poems are pieces of poetry written to commemorate Sadie Hawkins day or to ask someone to a Sadie Hawkins dance. Because the Sadie Hawkins tradition reverses popular gender roles, these poems are often written by women or female students for their male love interests.

The Sadie Hawkins tradition comes from the comic strip Li'l Abner in which women chase men around town in hopes of catching them and taking them for marriage on a certain day in November, designated Sadie Hawkins Day. In the original story, Sadie is a homely girl with no suitors, so her father creates Sadie Hawkins Day and organizes a race in which all eligible bachelors must run. The loser, John Jonston, must marry Sadie.

The fictional holiday in the 1940s comic strip soon became a real-world phenomenon, and by the early 1950s the day-long event was being celebrated throughout the United States on the Saturday following Nov. 9. Inspired by the holiday, many U.S. schools have adopted the tradition of formal Sadie Hawkins dances in which the female students ask the male students to be their dates. The Sadie Hawkins Dance was popularized by a song of the same name by the punk-rock band Relient K.


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