There are many verses and poems attributed to the symbol of a horizon. In her novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston uses horizon imagery from the very first sentence:
“Ships at a distance have every man’s wish on board.”
To define the word horizon usually takes a bit of poetry as its meaning can be as deep and wide as the landscape on which it settles. Place, time of day, and direction all play a part in the visual expression of a horizon.
Try It: Horizon Poetry
Take a walk at sunrise or sunset. Look through photographs of unforgettable landscapes. Write a poem that expresses either your definition of the word horizon or the deeper meaning of what it represents to you. Paint a picture of your horizon for us. Place your poem in the comment section below. We’ll be reading.
Thanks to everyone who participated in last week’s poetry prompt. Here’s a snowflake-inspired poem from Maureen we enjoyed:
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