Poetry is Therapeutic

The healing effect of words has long been recognised, as far back as 4000 BCE, early Egyptians wrote words on papyrus, dissolve them in liquid, and gave them to those who were ill as a form of medicine. Also poetry for healing and personal growth, can be seen in ancient times when shamans conducted religiousContinue reading “Poetry is Therapeutic”

Emily Jane Brontë

Emily Brontë (1818-1848) was born on this day, 30 July 1818 in the rectory at Thornton in Yorkshire to the Reverend Patrick Brontë and Maria Branwell Brontë, the 5th of their six children and the only daughter to be given a middle name. Unfortunately her mother died when she was only 3 years old andContinue reading “Emily Jane Brontë”

Gwendolyn Elizabeth Brooks

Hi, today would have been one of my favourite poets birthday, Gwendolyn Elizabeth Brooks (1917 -2000), born June 7th in 1917, in Kansas. She was an American poet, author, and teacher, her work often dealt with the personal joys and struggles of ordinary people. A much honoured poet, she won the Pulitzer Prize for PoetryContinue reading “Gwendolyn Elizabeth Brooks”

Walter Whitman

I have surreptitiously included both Fandango’s and Ragtag’s prompt words (in bold) in this short homage to Walt Whitman. Whitman, (1819 -1892) was born on this day May 31 in 1819 in West Hills, Long Island, he is one of the most influential American poets, often called the father of free verse. Whitman’s major poetryContinue reading “Walter Whitman”

Visual Poetry

‘Visual’ poetry is literary verse written on the page with intentional form to add meaning to the poem. it is written to resemble a shape usually reflecting the subject of the poem. So in visual poetry the art is in the visual arrangement of text, images or symbols. The physical shape of a poem can beContinue reading “Visual Poetry”

Poem – ‘In Flanders Fields’

On this day, May 3rd 1915, during World War I, Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae a Canadian poet, physician, artist and soldier, wrote the now famous war memorial poem “In Flanders Fields”. It is in commemoration of the 1915 battle of Ypres. For 17 days, McCrae tended those injured in the battle. He wrote the poem afterContinue reading “Poem – ‘In Flanders Fields’”

Weekend Double Challenge

Sammi’s weekend challenge is to create a piece of writing in exactly 36 words using the prompt ‘recipe‘, I am combining this with Fandango’s challenge for today which is to use the word ‘image‘. You can see their links below. Here is my poem in 36 words (including the title):

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