Wednesday, 16 May 2012
How to be an almost instant poet!
So you want to be an almost instant poet? Well, it won't take long. And it's easy.
First thing is to find a poetic pen name. To save time I've chosen one for you. You will be the bard known to all the world, well ok - let's say the 100,000 visitors to the Poet-in-Residence blog, as Locksley Hall.
I've also saved you a few minutes with actual writing of the poem. I've done the basic donkey work for you.
Using an anthology of "old stuff" I've copied out some poetic lines and phrases from several long forgotten poets and poems. These tidbits I've written on bits of paper which I've shuffled about on the table until I've got the basic skeleton of the poem. (3 minutes).
Some scribblings and crossings out were needed to make some kind of sense. (1 minute)
It's best to give a poem a boring title if the historical record of English verse is anything to go by. So naturally I have done so. And what's more I've also typed it for you! (2 minutes).
The unpurged images of day receed . . .
We sit together at one summer's end
Friend of the wise and teacher of the good
What is he buzzing in my ears?
Grow old along with me?
The wind flaps loose, the wind is still
Clouds linger and extend in solid bars
The rain sets early in tonight, he says
That civilization may not sink
He's seen the bishop on the road
His shadow falls on the castle walls
A dappled partridge flecked with blood
Of heaven and hell
It has no power to sing
Eat well and drink
Tomorrow you shall die it said
The woods decay
The woods decay and fall
The wind sways in the pines
And I dream of the red rose tree
Of someone waiting there for me . . .
Congratulations you are now a poet!
You should for the rest of the day forget about your poem.
After 24 hours has elapsed spend 2 minutes revising it to bring it to perfection.
Total time per poem: 8 minutes.