Take the first line of any one of Hopkins’ poems and write your own poem celebrating the arrival of Spring in your part of the world. Try to incorporate some of Hopkins’s amazing experimentation with language texture especially with sounds.
Nothing is so beautiful as Spring –
Aganapanthus awakening affablly
Behold the Bell-flower beginning to bloom
Clovers creating a cacphony of colour
Dapper Dahlias deftly dancing
Eagerly extolled by enraptured Echinacea.
Foxgloves flaunting fabulous frocks
Germinating Geraniums gallivanting galore
Here the Hydrangea has its heyday.
Impeccable Irises idle
Jaunty Jasmines jostle
Kalmias kindle a kaleidoscope.
Lo the Lavender languidly lounges
Magnolias mesemerise magnificently
Narcissi nimbly form a nimbus
Orchids offer officious obeisance.
Perfect the Peony, pleasant and passionate
Querulous Quince quashed by the quota
Reticent Roses red and radiant
Salutary Snowdrops sanguinely sing.
Tentatively the tulip tries to take after
Unlike the Ursinia’s unprompted undertaking
Violet Violets vaunt their value
While the Wallflower wakes and waves
Xanthoceras’ xanthic, xiphoid xenia beckons.
Yonder the youthful yellow yarrow yawns
And Zenobia zips with zesty zeal.
Such is Spring, spreading semantic synergy with sanguine satisfaction.
With a challenge set to focus upon sound, I decided to experiment with my capacity for alliteration with an alphabetic rendition of the flowers of Spring. Admittedly they may not all be flowers of spring and some of the lines are clumsy and lack cohesion, but I am pleased to have at least attempted the idea and tested the depths of my vocabulary. There is a distinct satisfaction in having the lines roll off the tongue.
3 thoughts on “Blog #1: Alliteration in Spring”
Your take on celebrating the arrival of Spring through the construction of your own poem was absolutely phenomenal! You definitely mimicked the amazing experimentation of Hopkins’ language through your use of alliteration and vivid imagery. You brought life to your words in a way that made me feel as if I was in a field surrounded by the most magnificent spring flowers. I loved how you chose to challenge yourself and keep each line alphabetical as it really emphasised your creative ability and kept me anticipated to see how you would deliver each following line. Overall, you have composed an amazing piece. Keep up the great work!
A lovely experiment! And it does succeed in capturing the emotions that the new life of spring can create…. good work Andrew!