How to Create Your Own Poetry Plaque October 04 2013
What is your favourite poem? As lovers of language at Honeymellow, we love poetry. It is that wonderful moment when you some lines of verse come to mind that sum up that ‘spot in time’. In the ‘seasons of mists and mellow fruitfulness’, we thought we would give you some ideas about creating your own custom-made ‘Poetry Plaque’.
Firstly you need to choose your plaque. We have expanded our range of blank signs to include not only our popular silver, white and gold colours in different sizes but we are also now offering different colourful themed backgrounds too from wood effect to vintage shabby chic.
Secondly, let us know the lines of poetry you want by typing or pasting them into the blank box designated for your own text on the page of your chosen plaque before you add it to your shopping cart. Is it something nostalgic from childhood, a few lines to inspire or you love the sound of the words that sing in your ears? If ‘thou has some music too’, you could pen some lines of your own. Five of our favourite forms of poetry which are great for signs are:
- The haiku: an ancient Japanese form of unrhymed poetry consisting of just 3 lines of 5 syllables, 7 syllables and then 5 again.
- A tanka: similar to a haiku but longer with five lines of 5, 7, 5, 7, 7 syllables.
- Palindrome or mirror poetry: a poem that reads the same backwards as it does forwards.
- An acrostic: the first letter of each line spell a word which is usually the title of the poem.
- The Shakespearean sonnet: for the more adventurous, this has 10 syllables per line and rhymes: abab cdcd efef gg.
If you have a family member or friend who has put pen to paper, a bespoke poetry plaque would make a wonderful gift. Put their carefully crafted lines on display this autumn as the 'hedge-crickets sing', 'the redbreast whistles' and the ‘gathering swallows twitter in the skies’.