Snow and Poetry

For Day 19 of Zero to Hero, the challenge is to “publish a post using a format you’ve never used before”. The slideshow below contains a photo gallery (a format which is new to me) of wintry pictures which I took a couple of years ago, plus a cento I composed to go with them. A cento is like a poetic mash-up, with lines from poems by different authors rearranged into a new, unique poem. For a wonderful example of a cento that the BBC recently produced as a promo for one of their channels, click here: BBC Cento.

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And here is my complete cento in order. All of the authors’ names and the titles of the poems are in the captions of the gallery slideshow. In respective order, I composed the cento with quotes from poems by Robert Frost, Emily Bronte, John Clare, Thomas Hardy, George Meredith and Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep
And fifteen wild Decembers
From those brown hills have melted into spring.
The winter comes; I walk alone.

Around the house the flakes fly faster,
And all the berries now are gone.
Sharp is the night, but stars with frost alive
Leap off the rim of earth across the dome.

The secret ministry of frost
Shall hang them up in silent icicles,
Quietly shining to the quiet Moon.

10 thoughts on “Snow and Poetry

  1. I never knew there was an actual term for re-creations based on other authors’ work! You learn something everyday. Love the photos and the lines that they visualize. I think my favorite is the photo with Coleridge’s lines. Or maybe I just really like seeing photos of smooth, undisturbed snow. 😉


    • I didn’t know the term “cento” until very recently when I heard about the BBC one (which is amazing, by the way. You should definitely click on the link in my post and watch the video of their cento. I love it!).

      I really like that photo too. I like the lack of colour in it, apart from the glimpse of the pale blue sky. It almost looks like a black and white photo, even though it isn’t.

      Thanks for your comment. I’m glad you enjoyed my post. 🙂


  2. Lovely. Houston is not a great place to take winter photos, but I’m hoping there will still be opportunity when I make a quick trip to Maine in a couple of weeks.


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