Poetry, some people may raise an eyebrow and question whether they like poetry. But, take away the music from most pop songs, and the lyrics could be a poem. Viking asked me to join in their celebration of World Poetry Day, by recreating a piece of my favourite poem. I couldn’t wait to get started!
A favourite Poem..
Choosing my favourite poem was quite difficult, there are so many beautiful poems that I have read over the years. I toyed with the poetry of Ted Hughes, Emily Dickinson, Wordsworth, and finally settled on Tennyson. I am still as captivated by Tennyson’s The Lady of Shalott as I was when I first read it aged 14. Who is this woman trapped in a tower, why can she only watch out of the mirror, and what is this weaving she undertakes each day? I had so many thoughts on the poem. I was swept away by the fairytale, the romance, yet there is no happy ending!
As the poem is quite long, and the canvas I was sent to work with quite small, I decided to create something using my favourite lines from the poem. I think the verse I chose really captures the magical, almost ethereal feel of the poem. Now, I’m not hugely artistic, but I had great fun trying out Caligraphy (badly!) and different markers. I realise how little I actually sit down to write these days, and how my writing is not as “pretty” as it once was. I need to make time to write, as there really is something wonderful about using a pen and paper to be creative. So, for the Viking World Poetry Day project here’s what I created;
I am now trying to source a mirror and I’m going to try creating a “broken” mirror effect using Sharpies, and then write the same verse onto it..if it’s a success I’ll let you know! If you’d like to learn more about Writing visit the Viking Blog.