Poetry: A Different Sort of Travel Reading

A while back, I reflected on songwriters as travel writers. Poets whose work appears on the printed page and elsewhere as you read and listen have places in travel writing and reading, as well.

Consider Homer, for example. This ancient Greek poet wrote a story in verse which has given its name to a whole travel idea: The Odyssey.

poet robert burns statue glasgow

Then there is Robert Frost, whose poem Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening surely evokes a New England winter, even if you’ve never seen snow.

Robert Burns, remembered for his love poems and bawdy stories, also wrote movingly of the landscape of his native Scotland in The Westin Winds and My Heart’s in the Highlands.

Rabindranath Tagore, William Shakespeare, Pablo Neruda, WB Yeats — poets widely known and lesser known, from every language, land, and culture, draw on ideas of landscape, journeying, and homecoming in their work, in ways that help inspire, define, and reflect on travel.

Popular television travel host Samantha Brown is among those who carry a book of poetry on their travels. Do you? If not, it might be a time to try out adding a few poems to your travel kit.

Resources to explore for that

seamus heaney handwrting poetry ireland

You may like to know about this exhibit on the life and work of poet Seamus Heaney, in Dublin, Ireland.

You could explore five ways to experience the work of Scotland’s ploughman poet, Robert Burns.

For news and ideas about poetry in and outwith Ireland, the Poetry Ireland website is a good place to visit.

Likewise the website of the Academy of American Poets online site offers wide ranging information and a library of poetry to enjoy.

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  1. Kuei-Ti Lu April 9, 2011
  2. Gregory Hubbs April 2, 2014
    • Kerry Dexter April 4, 2014

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