Posts tagged ‘poems’

April 12, 2013

Guest Post by Angela Topping. ‘How Poetry Claimed Me’

by limebirdwriters

Today we have a real treat here at Limebird Writers. We are honoured to have Angela Topping, a renowned poet, educator, literary critic and author, writing about her experience with poetry. Enjoy! 🙂

How Poetry Claimed Me

When I was small, before I could read and write, my ambition when I grew up was to be one of those people who ‘said things’. I must have heard people saying, Shakespeare said, and Plato said etc and thought it was pretty cool to be quoted. I had a powerful passion for stories, and so I taught myself to read before starting school. My older sister used to sometimes read poems to me as well, those long narrative poems like ‘The Forsaken Merman’. Something must have rubbed off because I strongly recall making up rhymes and poems as I walked along, especially if I was on my own.

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