#NaPoWriMo Day 29 ‘Calm Before A Storm’

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#NaPoWriMo Day 29 Poetry Challenge

The penultimate (optional) prompt! The poet William Wordsworth once said that “Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquility.” For Wordsworth, a poem was the calm after the storm – an opportunity to remember and summon up emotion, but at a time and place that allowed the poet to calmly review, direct and control those feelings. A somewhat similar concept is expressed through the tradition of philosophically-inclined poems explicitly labeled as “meditations,” – like Robert Hass’sMeditation at Lagunitas,” the charming Frank O’Hara prose poem, Meditations in an Emergency,” or Charles Baudelaire’s Meditation.”

Today, I’d like to challenge you to blend these concepts into your own work, by producing a poem that meditates, from a position of tranquility, on an emotion you have felt powerfully. You might try including a dramatic, declarative statement, like Hass’s “All the new thinking is about loss,” or O’Hara’s “It is easy to be beautiful; it is difficult to appear so.” Or, like, Baudelaire, you might try addressing your feeling directly, as if it were a person you could talk to. There are as many approaches to this as there are poets, and poems.

Happy writing!

Nonet Poem

Nonet

Calm Before A Storm

190429 Calm Before A Storm Nonet

Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

For ease of reading click the image above or read the words below.

Calm Before A Storm (Nonet)

Tranquillity, calm before a storm.
Weather turns, wrong word out of place,
emotions stirred. Dark clouds burst
thunder crashes, lightning
flashes, once – then gone.
Anger spent, ‘til
once again
there is
calm.

Copyright © 2018 Rose English

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