Poems and updates

Poems and updates

It’s May again, and I have been an Austen Author for two years. What a fun ride it has been! 🙂 I always have my May post on Memorial Day, which makes me giggle. I’m not sure who will read it … maybe I should have done a giveaway. LOL Anyway, I’m looking forward to many more Memorial Day posts at Austen Authors!

Before I get to my actual post, I thought I would update everyone on my news. I am still finishing To Save Elizabeth. Life has thrown a couple distractions my way, but I’ve got my head down, and I’m powering through. The book will definitely be out in June. It would be nice to have it come out on “that day I no longer celebrate,” but it might be after that.

Also, I have branched out into large print books. Darcy’s Secret Betrothal is now available in that format, and it’s only a dollar or two more expensive than a standard paperback. A reader on Facebook pointed out to me that I should make the cover large print, too, so I’ll be redoing that cover sooner or later. Right now, I’m focusing on putting out a large print edition of each of my backlist books as I update their covers. I have two more—Matches Made at Netherfield and Decisions and Consequences—that have updated covers and those are the two that will be turned into large print first.

I think that’s all my news, so now, on to my post! <3 

One of the things I did when I taught high school special ed was teaching English. We did a lot of reading and some basic writing. We did a little poetry here and there, but I’m not a fan of it and neither were they, so we didn’t do much. One of the things we did do once was an “I Am From” poem. I had greatly enjoyed it, but of course, the students did not. 😉

As you know, poetry was rather popular in Regency England. Lots of JAFF authors use poems in their stories. I confess that I tend to skip those. blush I don’t recall ever using one in a story. However, when I was thinking about what to do for my post this month, poetry came up. 

If you recall, I recently did Jane Austen’s Facebook page. I got the graphic organizer from freeology.com. I was looking for the “I Am From” poem, or something similar, so I could do one for you for one of our characters. I went with an “I Am Poem,” because it was not as challenging to construct. The poem is below. I’m guessing you’ll know right away which character is “speaking” in it. 

Perhaps in the future, I’ll do the other poem for another character. 🙂

~~~***~~~

I Am Poem

I am liberal and honest.

I wonder what she thinks of me.

I hear the voices of my parents, reminding me of my duty.

I see a house full of impertinent daughters.

I want to marry her.

I am liberal and honest.

I pretend that I don’t like her.

I feel the brush of angel wings.

I touch the cheek of my yet-to-be-born son.

I worry that I will fail my sister again.

I cry when I think about my parents.

I am liberal and honest.

I understand her connections are beneath me.

I say I want a happy life.

I dream that she is at Pemberley.

I try to be a fair master.

I hope she says ‘yes.’

I am liberal and honest.

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What do you think? Did you easily guess who is “speaking”? Did I do well? How would you change it? Finally, did you enjoy it?

 

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14 Responses to Poems and updates

  1. Well may I assume he is FD? Love that you are making your books available in large print. I hope they do well and best wishes with all of your summer projects.

  2. When the brief study of poetry occurred in either grade school or the middle school years, I just couldn’t remember the names of parts of or styles of, or rules regarding poetry. So besides not really being inspired by the poems we were told to read, with few exceptions, it just couldn’t keep my interest, and a writing assignment? Oh dreaded fate. But then I got older. I still don’t remember the parts, styles, or rules and thank the Lord I don’t have writing assignments!!
    But over the years I have come to appreciate a few poems and poets here and there.

    I really liked your poem. It captured Darcy’s persona and even quite a lot of his story arc in a concise nutshell. You did a good job. It had a lot of quite moving thought pictures. I don’t know what that poem style is called when the first line is repeated throughout the piece, and I was curious if by the middle if he was trying to convince himself that he was ‘liberal and honest?’ Quite lovely Zoe.

    • I don’t know what it’s called either. LOL I didn’t have the thought in my head that he was trying to convince himself of that, though it could be. 🙂 Thank you for the lovely compliments! <3

      • You’re so welcome for the compliment. But seriously, the poem did come from your head!!! And your heart.

  3. I don’t ordinarily like poetry either. However, there are a few individual poems I like, but not enough to say I like the author’s works or even the genre. I like it when I run across one I like. I can never remember things, so usually I write it down. (Then I have to be careful not to lose the paper.) I like your poem. I guessed who was speaking on the second line. I think Mr Darcy and I must have been soulmates at one time or another!

  4. Don’t feel bad! I don’t (like) read poems / poetry either. They are usually gibberish to me. The only poem I like is this one, probably because I “get” it:

    If thou could’st empty all thyself of self,
    Like to a shell dishabited,
    Then might He find thee on the ocean shelf,
    And say, ‘This is not dead’,
    And fill thee with Himself instead.

    But thou art all replete with very thou
    And hast such shrewd activity,
    That when He comes, He says, ‘This is enow
    Unto itself – ’twere better let it be,
    It is so small and full, there is no room for me.’

    • Nice! Do you have it memorized? I liked the “I Am From” poem because it allowed me to delve into my memories and record the things that made my childhood what it was. I kind of wish I had done that one for Darcy, but this one was so much easier! LOL

    • Thank you for this poem Linda A. I went in search for it, got lost down the internet ‘rabbit hole,’ and found some interesting things. Now I want to read more about the poet, T. E. Brown. The internet mistakenly directs a quest for that poem to Sir Thomas Browne….which mistake I stumbled upon accidentally while trying to find which written work of Browne’s this was found in.

      Anyway, such a meaningful poem, with such strong conviction. So moving, this is one I want to memorize and have with me always. My deepest thanks.

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