Saturday, October 11, 2008

Poetry & Fiction

We mostly discuss fiction on this blog, but today I want to discuss poetry and fiction. In the last book I just finished, my heroine had a love of poetry and I had to find something that was in print before 1810 since that was the year I had set my book.

I discovered Anne Bradstreet. While I had read her poems in high school and colllege, it didn't speak volumes to me the way it does now. Perhaps it's because I am now married and I can relate and understand the depth of love she had for her husband.

My hero discovered the heroine's favorite poem and in a scene he rewrote the poem from his point of view and presented it to her. Of course it made her cry.

My husband writes poetry and sometimes we are riding down the road and he just comes up with a new poem from the top of his head. I don't know how he does this. I may be a writer, but a poet I am not. How many of you writers also write poems? Perhaps he'll give me permission to share one.

To My Dear and Loving Husband
by Anne Bradstreet

If ever two were one, then surely we.
If ever man were lov'd by wife, then thee;
If ever wife was happy in a man,
Compare with me, ye women if you can
I prize thy love more than whole mines of gold,
Or all the riches that the east doth hold.
My love is such that Rivers cannot quench,
Nor ought but love from thee, give recompense.
Thy love is such I can no way repay,
The heavens reward thee manifold I pray.
Then while we live, in love lets so persevere,
That when we live no more, we may live ever.


  1. I am so NOT a poet! But my kids have all written great stuff. Maybe it comes from hubby's side. :)

    Maybe I should drop him a hint to write one for me! :)

    Thanks for sharing, Jenn.


  2. Jenn,
    Somebody asked me yesterday if I read poetry and I told them no. I just havent except in school. I know there is great stuff out there. The poem you posted is beautiful.

  3. My all time favorite poem!!! I love this poem and even put it on a self-made anniversary card for my husband one year. I love the older poets...Anne Bradstreet, Emily Dickinson, Langston Hughes, to name a few off the top of my head. I'm not so crazy about the more modern poetry. I do love Maya Angelou though. Her poetry is very powerful.

    I love poetry, and actually, my writing started with poetry. I do love to read and study poetry, but I can't when I'm writing prose because once I think in rhyme it's hard to stop. Sometimes when I need a day or two break from my story I'll write a quick poem.

    Writing poetry has actually helped me learn to develop an internal rhythm in my writing of prose. Try it sometime. Look at poetry devices and try using them in your stories (without the end rhyme of course).

  4. Interesting idea, Dianna! I never thought to think of poetry while writing. :)