Yesterday, the 1st of April, was the start of poetry month; this idea was started in the USA by the Academy of American Poets, a wonderful organisation with incredible on-line resources. It was started in 1999 and is an absolute gold-mine, not just of others’ work, but ideas for any writer and poet. There is a wonderful range of poetry not normally seen in anthologies, bookshelves and bookshops. There is also a great deal of information, biographical and critical, of most of the poets.
So, at the beginning of poetry month, here is something from the master of the sonnet:
From you have I been absent in the spring,
When proud pied April, dressed in all his trim,
Hath put a spirit of youth in every thing,
That heavy Saturn laughed and leapt with him.
Yet nor the lays of birds, nor the sweet smell
Of different flowers in odour and in hue,
Could make me any summer’s story tell,
Or from their proud lap pluck them where they grew:
Nor did I wonder at the lily’s white,
Nor praise the deep vermilion in the rose;
They were but sweet, but figures of delight,
Drawn after you, you pattern of all those.
Yet seemed it winter still, and you away,
As with your shadow I with these did play.
Our challenge to you, writers, is to use spring as an invitation to write something poetic! It need not be a poem, but have a go at writing something using descriptive, emotive and vivid language; play around with structures, strike out away from your usual style! feel free and as Shakespeare says, ‘put a spirit of youth in every thing’.
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