#AtoZChallenge ‘B’ #NationalPoetryMonth ‘She Walks in Beauty’ #NPM17

This year to celebrate National Poetry Month and to take part in the April A-Z Blogging Challenge, I’ll be posting two poems a day, one written by me and another poem written by one of my favourite poets. The title or first word of both poems will begin with the corresponding letter in the Blogging Challenge.


Today I offer you Treading on Stars by Luccia Gray, and She Walks in Beauty by Lord Byron.

Today I’m Treading on Stars because dreams can also be beautiful…

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Treading On Stars

Treading on stars

On her way to the moon,

Swishing her dress

As she glides through the sky.

Catching her hair

As it flies in the wind,

Wrapping her eyes like a scarf.

Still she flies through the heavens,

Bursting with hope,

On her way to the moon,

But the warmth of the sun,

Unyielding and cruel,

Dissolves her last breath,

As she carries her beauty

Back into the dawn.

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She Walks in Beauty by Lord Byron (1815)

She walks in beauty, like the night

Of cloudless climes and starry skies;

And all that’s best of dark and bright

Meet in her aspect and her eyes:

Thus mellow’d to that tender light

Which heaven to gaudy day denies.

One shade the more, one ray the less,

Had half impair’d the nameless grace

Which waves in every raven tress,

Or softly lightens o’er her face;

Where thoughts serenely sweet express

How pure, how dear their dwelling-place.

And on that cheek, and o’er that brow,

So soft, so calm, yet eloquent,

The smiles that win, the tints that glow,

But tell of days in goodness spent,

A mind at peace with all below,

A heart whose love is innocent!

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Lord Byron is considered one of the most representative poets of the romantic movement in England, and this short and intense poem, “She Walks in Beauty” is one of his most powerful works. The emphasis of the Romantic poets was on the writer’s spontaneous response to sensual stimulation. Byron isn’t interested in describing the lady’s clothes or her features, instead he tells us the feelings seeing her evoke, and allows readers to reach their own conclusion.

The lady is dark, like the night, she has dark hair, ‘raven tresses’, and she’s probably also wearing black or dark clothes, yet she also has sparkling jewellery and eyes, which light up her appearance.  She’s angelic, graceful and unreachable, as if she were a perfect goddess in heaven, looking down at mortals. The last three lines have always led me to imagine that perhaps he’s describing a woman who has died, ‘a mind at peace with all below’. The main idea is that feminine beauty is not based on external riches or physical appearance, but on symmetry, inner charm, peace and goodness.

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#AtoZChallenge 2015 Final Reflection

 

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My final reflection after completing the A to Z April 2015 Challenge has two parts:

1) My theme was Author Spotlight, so the first part is a review of the 26 wonderful authors I  have featured in my A-Z Challenge.

2) The second is an overview of all the blogs I visited during the challenge and why I enjoyed my visit.

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My featured authors made me think about love, good and evil, forgiveness and vengeance, relationships, our history, our future. They also made me laugh and cry, feel angry and happy. They frightened me, shocked me, and entertained me, but overall they made me think about myself, because every book I read teaches me something about myself as person and as a writer.

Here are all the featured authors and their blogs. They have all written wonderful books which have inspired me in the last six months. Check them out!

Ava Zavora her website

Laura Taylor her Blog    

Faith Mortimer her Website/blog

Alison Williams her Blog

Erica Stevens her Amazon page

Mark Rubinstein his Website

Terry Tyler her book review blog,

Olga Nuñez Miret her blog

Jo Robinson  her Blog

Karen Long her Blog

Dominic Piper his Amazon Author Page

Lara Ormiston her My Blog

Noelle Granger her blog

Matt Cairns his  Blog 

Geoff Le Pard his blog:

June Kearns his Website  

Regina Jeffers her Website  

Ita Ryan her Amazon author page

Elizabeth Hein her blog

Georgia Rose her  Website and Blog

Fran Clark her blog

Frances Evesham her Website/blog

Davis Burnett his Blog

Cathrina Constantine her Blog

Ben Adams his website and blog 

Loreen Auguri her blog

You can also check out their interviews and featured books here on my blog.

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Secondly, I visited many other blogs taking part in the challenge. Some I knew before and some I’ve met on the way, which was wonderful.

The following are those I’ve visited more often, sometimes daily. Here they all are, in no particular order. Check them out!

  • Ruth has given us lots of tips on photography, as well as her wonderful photos!

https://madmeanderingme.wordpress.com/2015/04/30/z-is-for-zoom-burst/#like-2002

  • Shawn has been sharing bits of wisdom and profound thoughts from his grandparents

http://downhomethoughts.com/2015/04/30/a-to-z-2015-z-is-for-zachariah/

  • Ula has been sharing wonderful short poems, real gems.

https://broccoliaddict.wordpress.com/2015/04/30/z-is-for-zeal/#like-1387

  • Sharon has been telling us about the setting of her novel There Must Be An Angel, which is on my TBR list.

http://sharonbooth.co.uk/2015/04/30/z-is-for-zaftig/#like-1749

  • Noelle has been showing us around Maine, where her main character Rhe Brewster lives and works.

https://saylingaway.wordpress.com/2015/04/30/z-zebulon-smith-house/#comment-2362

  • Rosie Amber has been telling us about the main characters of the books she’s read and reviewed.

https://rosieamber.wordpress.com/2015/04/30/letter-z-april-a-to-z-challenge-atozchallenge/#like-24882

  • Jessica has been gifting us with beautiful and inspiring quotes and pictures every day

https://sendsunshine.wordpress.com/2015/04/30/the-zest-of-life/#like-35181

  • Keith has been offering a limerick a day

http://keithkreates.com/2015/04/30/z-is-for-zulu/#like-2699

  • Bookbug who had no particular theme, but lots of diverse and interesting posts

https://bookbug2012.wordpress.com/2015/04/30/z-is-for-the-whole-bunch-of-things/

  • Jennifer who has offered us beautiful pictures and words

http://jennifernicholewells.com/2015/04/30/yellow-island/

  • Willow who has given us beautiful poems and pictures

https://willowdot21.wordpress.com/2015/04/30/not-the-a-to-z-april-challenge-zirconia/#like-8575

  • Elizabeth has been telling us all about the Galapagos Islands and its wonderful wildlife

https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/?tab=wm#inbox/14d09fc3a1e8e28e

  • Geoff, with his wonderful thought-provoking posts

http://geofflepard.com/2015/04/30/z-is-the-end/#like-4464

  • N J Magas and her varied posts on mythology, history, and writing.

https://njmagas.wordpress.com/tag/april-a-z/

  • Lauren, who has been writing inspiring flash fiction every day.

http://laurengreenewrites.com/2015/04/30/z-is-for-zoe/#like-20807

  • Linda who also hosts Stream of Consciousness Saturday

http://lindaghill.com/2015/04/28/x-is-for-execute/

  • Doree Weller’s Blog with lots of insightful posts

http://afriendofjesus2013.com/2015/04/30/z-is-for/#comment-4068 With inspiring posts from the Bible.

  • One of the most wonderful new discoveries has been Shailaja at her blog, The Moving Quill who has written wonderfully inspiring flash fiction throughout the challenge.

https://shailajav.wordpress.com/2015/04/30/zen-atozchallenge-aprila2z/#like-1376

Thank you for all your wonderful posts, and congratulations for taking part and completing the challenge!

On Monday May 4th the Reflections Linky List will appear on this blog–The Blogging from A to Z Challenge Blog.   Many authors will be adding their reflections, between today and Friday 8th May. Please visit and see what other participants have been doing and think about this challenge. 

#AtoZChallenge Roundup

So, the A-z Challenge is over!

I made it with hundreds of other blogs.

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I’ve popped into lots of blogs which I’ve enjoyed. Some I knew before and some I’ve met on the way, which was wonderful.

The following are those I’ve visited more often, sometimes daily. Here they all are, in no particular order. Check them out!

  • Ruth has given us lots of tips on photography, as well as her wonderful photos!

https://madmeanderingme.wordpress.com/2015/04/30/z-is-for-zoom-burst/#like-2002

  • Shawn has been sharing bits of wisdom and profound thoughts from his grandparents

http://downhomethoughts.com/2015/04/30/a-to-z-2015-z-is-for-zachariah/

  • Ula has been sharing wonderful short poems, real gems.

https://broccoliaddict.wordpress.com/2015/04/30/z-is-for-zeal/#like-1387

  • Sharon has been telling us about the setting of her novel There Must Be An Angel, which is on my TBR list.

http://sharonbooth.co.uk/2015/04/30/z-is-for-zaftig/#like-1749

  • Noelle has been showing us around Maine, where her main character Rhe Brewster lives and works.

https://saylingaway.wordpress.com/2015/04/30/z-zebulon-smith-house/#comment-2362

  • Rosie Amber has been telling us about the main characters of the books she’s read and reviewed.

https://rosieamber.wordpress.com/2015/04/30/letter-z-april-a-to-z-challenge-atozchallenge/#like-24882

  • Jessica has been gifting us with beautiful and inspiring quotes and pictures every day

https://sendsunshine.wordpress.com/2015/04/30/the-zest-of-life/#like-35181

  • Keith has been offering a limerick a day

http://keithkreates.com/2015/04/30/z-is-for-zulu/#like-2699

  • Bookbug who had no particular theme, but lots of diverse and interesting posts

https://bookbug2012.wordpress.com/2015/04/30/z-is-for-the-whole-bunch-of-things/

  • Jennifer who has offered us beautiful pictures and words

http://jennifernicholewells.com/2015/04/30/yellow-island/

  • Willow who has given us beautiful poems and pictures

https://willowdot21.wordpress.com/2015/04/30/not-the-a-to-z-april-challenge-zirconia/#like-8575

  • Elizabeth has been telling us all about the Galapagos Islands and its wonderful wildlife

https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/?tab=wm#inbox/14d09fc3a1e8e28e

  • Geoff, with his wonderful thought-provoking posts

http://geofflepard.com/2015/04/30/z-is-the-end/#like-4464

  • N J Magas and her varied posts on mythology, history, and writing.

https://njmagas.wordpress.com/tag/april-a-z/

  • Lauren, who has been writing inspiring flash fiction every day.

http://laurengreenewrites.com/2015/04/30/z-is-for-zoe/#like-20807

  • Linda who also hosts Stream of Consciousness Saturday

http://lindaghill.com/2015/04/28/x-is-for-execute/

  • Doree Weller’s Blog with lots of insightful posts

http://afriendofjesus2013.com/2015/04/30/z-is-for/#comment-4068 With inspiring posts from the Bible.

  • One of the most wonderful new discoveries has been Shailaja at her blog, The Moving Quill who has written wonderfully inspiring flash fiction throughout the challenge.
  • https://shailajav.wordpress.com/2015/04/30/zen-atozchallenge-aprila2z/#like-1376

    Thank you for all your wonderful posts.

    Congratulations for taking part and completing the challenge!

    Well Done

    There’s still time to check out some of the other blogs on the A-Z Challenge. There are plenty of interesting and varied topics.