Today is the World Poetry Day, and even if writing a poem is an endeavour of the mind, it helps if your feet are bitten with wanderlust. The glory of a snow-capped mountains or the vista of a blooming meadow, these can surely bring out the muse in us. It is not a blind conjecture that travel is good to spark the grey cells with verse. Many poets have been inspired by their destination.
Here are some beautiful places that inspired the stalwarts in classical poetry to write.
A Host Of Golden Daffodils For William Wordsworth
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It is an oft repeated anecdote that Wordsworth’s most read poem, ‘Daffodils’ was a recollection of an actual scene. This poem was inspired by a walk with his sister Dorothy in the woods of Lake District. Even the poem reads like a travelogue in verse, “I wandered lonely as a cloud, That floats on high o’er vales and hills, When all at once I saw a crowd, A host, of golden daffodils; Beside the lake, beneath the trees, Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.”
When Travellers Tell A Story
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Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales is inspired by the actual cathedral in the place of the same name. The pilgrims from Southwark to the cathedral engage in a story-telling contest, and the result is one of the classics of English literature. Not only is the story about travellers, but the story travels from Lombardy in Italy to many other places.
A Hotel Room That Inspired Oscar Wilde
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Room 16 of L’Hotel on Paris Left bank inspired Oscar Wilde to write, “My wallpaper and I are fighting a duel to the death.” What was then a dump of a place has been turned into a glamorous hotel, but the walls still carry notes reminding the author to pay his bills. The Irish poet was inspired by this beautiful city in 1900s where he created magic with his words. No wonder Hemingway called Paris a moveable feast.
Autumn In Winchester Inspired Keats
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Daily evening walks from Cathedral Close to St. Cross meadows in 1819 inspired John Keats to write his ‘Ode to Autumn’. He wrote, “Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun; Conspiring with him how to load and bless, With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eves run;” His work shows us how the power of observation can really make travel more meaningful.
The Forests Of Uttarakhand Inspired Tagore For Gitanjali
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The word for which India’s Rabindranath Tagore won the Nobel Prize for Literature was inspired by a home in the jungles of Kumaon range. Unfortunately, the home that Tagore symbolically named as ‘Mahesh Khan’ stands in shackles, neglected by the Forest Department. But you can still visit the forests that inspired the Bard.
Visit these beautiful destinations for an inspiration to write like the stalwarts.