Ireland celebrated National Poetry Day yesterday; and across the pond the US celebrates National Poetry Month every April. Now I love a good poem (one of my current favourites is The Swan) so I thought it might be interesting to try something slightly different this week – to combine a favourite poem with a fitting photo (or just post your poem if you can’t find a photo to suit). Here are a few poems I loved as a child, I hope you enjoy…
Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening – Robert Frost (photo of Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park, WA)
Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village, though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.
My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.
He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound’s the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.
The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.
Silver – Walter de la Mare (photo of moon over Oregon)
Slowly, silently, now the moon
Walks the night in her silver shoon;
This way, and that, she peers, and sees
Silver fruit upon silver trees;
One by one the casements catch
Her beams beneath the silvery thatch;
Couched in his kennel, like a log,
With paws of silver sleeps the dog;
From their shadowy cote the white breasts peep
Of doves in silver feathered sleep
A harvest mouse goes scampering by,
With silver claws, and silver eye;
And moveless fish in the water gleam,
By silver reeds in a silver stream.
Snow – Louis MacNeice (photos of an unexpected snowstorm in New York)
The room was suddenly rich and the great bay-window was
Spawning snow and pink roses against it
Soundlessly collateral and incompatible:
World is suddener than we fancy it.
World is crazier and more of it than we think,
Incorrigibly plural. I peel and portion
A tangerine and spit the pips and feel
The drunkenness of things being various.
And the fire flames with a bubbling sound for world
Is more spiteful and gay than one supposes–
On the tongue on the eyes on the ears in the palms of your hands–
There is more than glass between the snow and the huge roses.
Is the muse calling you to come up with your own version of this week’s theme? If you would like to join in (everyone’s welcome!) here’s what to do:
- Create your own post and title it Travel theme: Poetry
- Include a link to this page in your post so others can find it too
- Get your post in by next Thursday, as the new travel theme comes out on Friday
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Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance. – Carl Sandburg
The gross heathenism of civilization has generally destroyed nature, and poetry, and all that is spiritual. – John Muir
Poetry may make us from time to time a little more aware of the deeper, unnamed feelings which form the substratum of our being, to which we rarely penetrate; for our lives are mostly a constant evasion of ourselves. – T.S. Eliot
UPDATE May 7 – Just going through all your responses now, thank you all for so many wonderful poems, some of them are old friends I had forgotten, some are new to me. If you have the time, have a look through other responses top, there are some wonderful posts for this theme. xxx
have a lovely weekend, Ailsa 🙂
Such a lovely series of poems, Ladylee, and great pics to go with them. xxx
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This is a ditty for Ailsa so sweet
yep, the restless one with itchy feet
now you see her walking a Dublin street
next she’ll flit off to do the New York beat! 😉
AJ, a man of many talents! I love it. 🙂
Love the poems and images you have chosen – I need to dig out a Haiga or two of mine….
Ooh yes please, I’d love to see them. xxx
Too late now, missed that Travel Theme ….. 🙄
Poetry is….the way you look at the world….
Really love your post !
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I love Robert Frost. Here is my token effort: https://lifeincamelot.wordpress.com/2016/04/30/travel-theme-poetry/
Haha nice one, I got a good chuckle out of that. 🙂
Thanks Ailsa, that is often my objective.
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Hi AIlsa, thanks for another great challenge! Here is my response: https://naomibaltuck.wordpress.com/2014/03/22/look-on-my-works-ye-mighty/
Fabulous post, Naomi, and I do love Ozymandias 🙂
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I love it, Leya, I’ve never seen cartoons and poetry combined before but what a wonderful combination. 🙂
I’m so glad you like it! I love it, and would really want to know who the artist is…but I guess we will never know.
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Poetry! Nice theme! Here’s my link –
Oh how lovely, such a haunting verse, and evocative photo. xxx
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Interesting challenge Ailsa and I love the poems you have chosen. Poetry has not been a large part of my reading, but I do have some that linger in my memory. Hope you enjoy. https://memoriesaremadeofthisblog.wordpress.com/2016/05/01/travel-theme-poetry/
Fabulous choice of poem, I had quite forgotten it, and I love the photos you chose to interpret it (especially the dancing doggies). You know, it’s funny, I’ve asked hundreds of people what their favourite poem is and I’ve never found a single person who didn’t have one. I think that’s the wonder of it, how there’s a poem for everyone, whether they like poetry or not. 🙂
Pleased I pleased you with my remembered poem Ailsa. It was lovely to have this different theme that brought back that memory from my childhood.
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Nicely done……..great post for this week, here is mine https://juliepowell2014.wordpress.com/2016/05/01/travel-theme-poetry/
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Hi Ailsa, great idea. I borrowed a favourite poet of my teen daughter and matched with some of my favourite photographs. regards Peet https://pdjpix.wordpress.com/2016/05/01/poem/
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Not a great fan of poetry, but I had a go at https://travelrat.wordpress.com/2016/05/01/travel-theme-poetry/ Shan’t be around for the next couple of weeks, for I’ll be abroad, and taking a ‘digital detox’ See you at the end of the month!
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Quite a scary theme this week as I do not do poetry. So I went with Robert Frost. Have a look here:
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what a wonderful idea! I went with Robert Frost too. One of my favorites https://dailymusing57.com/2016/05/01/travel-theme-poetry/
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I love reading poetry so this is a lovely challenge for me. I have posted a new one for you on my new blog Under a Cornish Sky, but you might also like this one written by Rudyard Kipling that I did a post about in 2014. https://smallbluegreenflowers.wordpress.com/2014/08/11/batemans-home-to-rudyard-kipling/
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I ran across this poem on the day we walked through the swampy marshes on Galveston Island. It seemed like an appropriate fit – http://wp.me/p3CFsE-2Ny
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Lovely images, and great choice of poems. I so love the MacNeice 🙂
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I am sorry it is to difficult for me to translate: https://geriatrixfotogallerie.wordpress.com/2016/05/03/german-poetry/
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You outdid yourself here. Just loved it.
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The article you did on symbols was awesome. By the way that kokopelli rock you purchased at canyon de chelly was from my dad. Terry Yazzie. Thats so awesome. Have a wonderful day amd may you walk in beauty .