The prompt for Day 9 of the #introtopoetry course from WordPress is Landscape and the suggested poetic device is apostrophe – addressing someone or something directly.

 

My choice of landscape is the English Lake District.  I wrote a poem about it longer ago than I care to admit.  For this exercise, I have started with that poem and rewritten it using apostrophe.  The last verse refers to the work of the Calvert Trust.

The two versions of the poem are side-by-side below.  I think the device of apostrophe has improved the poem.  Do you agree?

 

The Lake District

How can I describe you,
English Lakeland,
So often drawn or painted
By man’s or woman’s hand?

The view in your hilly lands
Changes as the hours pass
Patterns of light and shadow
Show shapes beneath the grass.

Your lakes add atmosphere,
Colour, reflections,
Feed mists, rain, ice and snow;
Waterfalls make connections.

How varied your effect
On us mortals!  Some sail,
Row, hang-glide,
Walk, climb and then abseil.

Others watch birds fly,
Paint scenery,
Write stories inspired
By your hills, or valleys’ greenery.

You are a wonderful place,
For those who are fit.
And those with a disability
Can take part in spite of it.

The Lake District

How to describe in words
The English Lakeland,
So often drawn or painted
By man’s or woman’s hand?

 In hilly lands the view
Changes as the hours pass.
Patterns of light and shadow
Show shapes beneath the grass.

Lakes add atmosphere,
Colour, reflections,
Feed mists, rain, ice and snow;
Waterfalls make connections.

How varied its effect
On us! Some sailing,
Rowing, hang-gliding,
Walking, climbing, abseiling.

Others watching birds fly,
Painting scenery,
Writing stories inspired
By hills, or valleys’ greenery.

What a wonderful place,
For those who are fit.
And those with special needs
Can actively discover it.

 

 

 

 

 

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