For better and worse, the A-Z Challenge has only 6 days to go and the frenetic pace will eventually return to a peaceful calm. Actually, I think the journey is only just beginning.
As luck turned out, yesterday was the 400th Anniversary of the Death of William Shakespeare and so I delayed writing his letter to coincide with the big day. That was quite a bit of fun as Shakespeare feasted on birthday cake and almost touched the stars on the London Eye. The last I heard he was heading off to the theatre, substituting a hat for a head. As you might have heard, recent investigations have confirmed that Shakespeare’s head was stolen from his grave.
The fate of Percy Byssche Shelley’s remains turned out to be an interesting story as well. Given his wife Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein, I shouldn’t have been surprised.
Considering I virtually plucked Qu Yuan out of a hat, I was pleasantly surprised. He is a very much respected figure in Chinese poetry and culture and the Dragon Boat Festival is held in his honour. Despite living over 2000 years ago, he writes so well about what it means to be in exile, stand up for a cause and not fit in.
This week, I wrote to Rabindranath Tagore. I first came across him at my grandmother’s funeral and spark led me on to find Kahlil Gibran and The Prophet. From there, I discovered Rilke and his poetry but also his Letters to A Young Poet. From there, I think the last stop was Rumi.
So, now I encourage you to follow in my footsteps and get to know these incredible poets, who are perhaps not so well known among some English speakers.
Here’s the list to date:
A: AA Milne
H: Ted Hughes.
Dr Maya Angelou A reply.
Qu Yuan Chinese Poet
Rainer Maria Rilke
Percy Bysshe Shelley
I delayed writing my letter to William Shakespeare by a day to coincide with the 400th Anniversary of his death on 23rd April, 1616. By the way, when Shakespeare woke up, he found his head was missing.
Despite writing some of the most loved and recognised love sonnets of all time, Shakespeare admitted that his track record with love wasn’t a commendation. So, he introduced me to poets Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning.
How are you finding the challenge? I must say it’s been challenging for me having the kids at home on school holidays for the last two weeks..especially after taking up an overly ambitious theme.
I apologise for not reading as many posts as I would like but will continue making my rounds afterwards.