Shine bright on National Poetry Day

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The theme for National Poetry Day 2015 is ‘light’ so, to celebrate, we’d like to brighten up our Twitter feed on 8th October with your couplets.

From Wordsworth’s ‘celestial light‘ in 1804 to Simon Barraclough’s ‘Sunspots‘ in 2015, poets have always been influenced by light and darkness. We’d like to showcase all of our Young Poets Network contributors on the biggest day of the poetry year, so we’re asking you each to send in two lines of poetry on the theme of ‘light’.
We’ve included some suggestions below to get you started, but feel free to interpret the theme in any way you’d like.

The light is shattered into gold on every cloud, my darling,
and it scatters gems in profusion.
Rabindranath Tagore, ‘Light

The earth, and every common sight,
To me did seem
Apparelled in celestial light
William Wordsworth, ‘Ode: Intimations of Immortality

I don’t want my light to die.
Lisa Clarkson, ‘Genevieve

It’s like the light,—
A fashionless delight,
Emily Dickinson, ‘XCVIII

He saw a blue light entering his heart
coming from a man he couldn’t see
Maitreyabandhu, ‘Star Man

Had I the heavens’ embroidered cloths,
Enwrought with golden and silver light,
W. B. Yeats, ‘Aedh Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven

this is done by fixing espresso and watching the pinkening light on
The Shard.

Simon Barraclough, ‘Sunspots

Thanks for submitting your couplets. You can see these on our twitter feed on National Poetry Day, Thursday 8th October.

Published September, 2015

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