Saturday, April 5, 2014

A Short History of the World - A Book Spine Poem

A Short History of the World 

Red Earth and Pouring Rain
Magic of the Angels
Sacred Games, Burning Bright,
The End of the Gods.

Born Free, Going Solo,
All Creatures Great and Small.
A Time to Kill Men of Honour,
A Fraction of the Whole.

- a poem by my'shelf'

The books are all different sizes, which made it very difficult to balance them on top of one another, and they did topple over a couple of times. Not to mention, it was hard to take one whole picture with all the books and titles in the frame and legible, hence there are two photos now. 

I would love to know what you make of the poem, which is pretty much open to your interpretation. What I was going for was a fairly literal meaning, considering there is very little poetry in me. I don't remember where I first saw this idea, but this post was inspired by Kid Lit Geek's fantastic Book Spine Poetry.

And these are the books starring in the poem. I have read and I happen to like the bold ones. Clicking on the couple of highlighted names will lead you to my reviews.

A Short History of the World by H. G. Wells
Red Earth and Pouring Rain by Vikram Chandra
Magic of the Angels by Jacqueline Rayner
Born Free by Joy Adamson
Going Solo by Roald Dahl
All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot
A Time to Kill by John Grisham
Men of Honour by Adam Nicolson
A Fraction of the Whole by Steve Toltz

So what do you think of this? I would, of course, love to see some of your book title poetry!


Anonymous said...

Ohh... what a neat idea! I might have to try one of these too :D

Priya said...

Maggie - Isn't it? It's fun to do, too. I'd like to see what you come up with! :)

Midnight scribbles said...

This is a fantastic idea! Going to try one soon!

Priya said...

Midnight scribbles - I know!! Great, can't wait to read it.

Viktoria Berg said...

I like your poem. It seems to be about climate change - or perhaps that´s just on MY mind... I might do one, too!

Sue @ Crushingcinders said...

I love it and the different sizes gives it character!

Priya said...

Viktoria - It *could* mean that! ;) I'm not very good with poetry, but in my experience, it could always mean ten different things that all make sense.

Sue Holmes - Aw, thanks. :)

Anonymous said...

Loved your spine poetry, Priya! To me it looked like a mythological story about the end of the gods and also about the origin of living beings and humans. Thanks for sharing.

If you are interested, you can find my spine poem here - "A Little History of the World"

Priya said...

Vishy - That's the 'literal' meaning I was talking about. Maybe it was the context of the books that made me come up with it, The End of the Gods, Red Earth and Pouring Rain are both about mythology. :) Thanks for liking!

Pooja said...

This is great! My shelf would probably be singing a very different tune :D

Priya said...

Pooja - Thanks! Haha, okay now I'm curious too see what!!

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