Canadian Poet and educator, Carl Leggo wrote, 'writers write their worlds in words. With the resources of the alphabet we explore and express who we are in the world. The alphabet provides the building blocks for constructing knowledge of our identity.' Carl Leggo shared this idea for growing a deeper appreciation of poetry:
Carl Leggo reminds us that these 26 amazing letters hold infinite possibilities, infinite combinations. How magical is that? Sound, shape and power combine to create shades of meaning we can share with an audience of fellow readers and writers, the world over.
*Write down the 26 letters of the alphabet
*Circle your five favourite letters
*Write five words that begin with your five favourite letters
*Use these words to reveal some poetry
There exists in these 5 listed words much in the way of music. Opportunities abound for alliteration and zany connections. There is an energy in the words as well. We can begin to look at the alphabet with renewed respect.The alphabet is the poet's paint palette. In place of paint poets use words to create images.
Poems can be about anything and everything. The world is chocker-block with poetic possibility. We begin to discover poetry when we choose to engage with the world and with its glorious words. Poetry reveals itself where imagination, experience, understanding and emotion intersect, or sometimes even collide.
My five letters are: A, M, P, R and S
My five words are: adventures, meandering, perfection, rendezvous and sunset
Here is the poetry I found:
Adventure and discoveries
Await the curious child
Exploring the sweeping line of the beach
Meandering through the shallows
With seagulls for company
The breeze creates kiss curls on waves
Before they announce an inevitable rendezvous
with the shoreline
-A chorus of ripples and slaps
The soundtrack of the sea on a loop
background the scene
Sunset draws a russet curtain across a beach day
close to perfection.
Alan j Wright
I found this a most interesting challenge. A poetic puzzle to be solved. Constructing an invisible link between my five chosen words was like joining the dots. Writing is essentially problem solving. This was a challenge I therefore embraced.
So, I invite you to go for it. Find your five favourite letters and five wonderful words beginning with each of those letters and follow it to where your poetry bursts into life.