Monday, November 16, 2009

Three Reasons for Reading Poetry In Winter

1. Winter is made up of stillness. Words echo in the distance and their meaning, amplified by the frozen void, carries further away and deeper towards the fringes of our understanding.

2.The ground is covered by snow. White is an ‘all or nothing’ color. Everything appears to be at a standstill - where nothing is possible anymore and bleakness overwhelms us.
It’s also the point where the tide begins to turn, from the rock bottom of despair.
Often this new beginning is brought about by random verses or snippets of songs.

3. Winter is musical - an icy symphony made of spikes of sound.
A poem takes this reverberation and circles it into a cloud of syllables that can make us happy for the rest of the day. 

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