Whether it’s called the sitting room, the parlor, drawing room, or family room, the living room is a space devoted to relaxing and socializing. The term living room was coined in the late 19th or early 20th century.
Until the late 19th century, the front parlor was the room in the house used for formal social events, including where the recently deceased were laid out before their funeral. The term “living room” was initially found in the decorating literature of the 1890’s, where a living room is understood to be a reflection of the personality of the designer, rather than the Victorian conventions of the day. The rise of the living room and the funeral parlor outside the home meant the end of the dedicated room for receiving guests that had become common in the Victorian period.
What is it about your living room that invites you to sit and relax? What is your favorite part of the room? Who gathers in that space? What are your best memories of the living room? Write a poem about it and share it with us in the comment section below.
Thanks to everyone who participated in last week’s poetry prompt. Here is a poem by Andrew we enjoyed:
I see myself. Is this usual?
The table faces outward
Into darkness. There, swimming
In the ink of time
There I can see inward,
Not out. Light, black tiles
The bustle of some meal
Progressing like instruction;
There is a pineapple, shining
Belleek, quite rare – unique
With swirling lid. It lay
A time, but when was it
A book, I’m sure it must
Be mine, sits stately
By the chair. A gift
Left there for me, at my
Most of all, comfort;
Life, and joy, and care.
They were such happy days. Inward
So very inward, comes reply –
A bag shifts weight, the me
In flows of time ripples. Window
Stares forlorn at me. It’s dark, so dark.
The past leaves us so suddenly,
Photo by Houser Wolf. Creative Commons via Flickr. Post by Heather Eure.
How to Write a Poem uses images like the buzz, the switch, the wave—from the Billy Collins poem “Introduction to Poetry”—to guide writers into new ways of writing poems. Excellent teaching tool. Anthology and prompts included.
“How to Write a Poem is a classroom must-have.”
—Callie Feyen, English Teacher, Maryland