|By Rena J. Traxel|
Many contemporary nature poets according to Poets.org are “inspired by the Japanese traditions of Haiku and Renga. (Originally conceived as a short associative meditation on the natural world).”
What is a nature poem?
According to The Art and Craft of Poetry a nature poem is "a poem in which nature plays an integral role, emphasizing terrain and life (including humans) in a natural setting, season, metaphor, symbol, situation or theme."
As some of you know I live in the country. Now that spring is in the air, I wake up to the birds singing in the trees outside my window. So when I write nature poems, I tend to write about birds. Here is a poem I wrote one cold afternoon after spending the morning snapping photos. I wanted to write a poem about this precious nest I had found that I was sure wasn’t there a year ago. I ended up writing a poem about my own frustrations that came from building a house from scratch.
Abandoned nest in the trees
Covered in snow and frost
Not an ideal place to live
Better than being homeless
--Go into nature and write a poem.
--Look out your window and write a poem about the nature you see around you (even if you live in the city).
--Using the picture above as a prompt write a poem.
--Write a poem that uses nature as metaphor for the social injustices that you have observed.
Feel free to share your poems in comments below, on your own blog, or in the A to Z poetry Facebook group.
--To learn more about the different types of poetry click here.
--To read some nature poems click here.
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