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Spring is Here! Time to Polish up Your Poetry

May 21st, 2014

I think it’s safe to say that we’ve definitely seen the last of the wintry weather for this year, and we’ve had some beautiful weather in Manchester this week. With a lovely long weekend to look forward to and (fingers crossed) more sunshine on the way, it’s the perfect excuse to get out and about and find some new ideas.

If you’re a poet, this is the perfect time of year for you. You only have to look at some of the classics to see how inspiring the natural world can be. Think of famous poems like Wordsworth’s “Daffodils” or Shakespeare’s “Sonnet 18”. Reading them conjures up images of sunny days, brightly coloured flowers and green grass, and it’s obvious that these poets were hugely influenced by their surroundings. If a walk in the country on a spring day doesn’t help you to come up with even a few new lines or verses – nothing will!

Personally, this is my favourite time of year for finding new ideas because there’s just so much going on. As soon as the sun comes out you’ll find that people do too, and there’s nothing better than people-watching if you need a bit of inspiration. We talk a lot about using people as inspiration for a character in a novel or short story, but people often forget that interesting characters make the most compelling narrators in poetry as well.

You never know what kind of people you might meet if you go to visit a new place, so make the most of the light nights and sunny days while you can. It doesn’t have to be a big adventure, just a picnic in the park, a meal at a new restaurant, or a drive out to a local village or town. Take a notebook and pen with you and make a note of anything that makes you think – just a few seconds of an overheard conversation could end up being the subject of your next prize-winning poem.

And if you think your poetry needs a bit of polish, you’re in luck! Starting Monday the 26th of May, The Art of Writing Poetry will be our Course of the Week with a special offer of £25 off. Keep an eye on your emails and on our Facebook and Twitter feeds for more information.

 

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