How to Find a Poem人人都是诗人

Poems live everywhere.

They are just waiting for you to find them – in overheard words and captured phrases, in the hidden spaces of song lyrics and old books……

Here’s a poem Hanan wrote last week.

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人生无处不成诗

诗句无处不在,旨在发现。从掠过耳畔的只言片语,到隐匿在歌词和古籍善本中的行文用语,处处都有诗的踪影。

一次,我在闲逛二手书店时发现了一本亨利·吉尔伯特的著作《亚瑟王的骑士》。书中第五页上的一首诗吸引了我。

How do you find a poem in a book? 

怎样找出字里行间的诗与句?

Pull out a page and cut out words and phrases that capture your attention. Arrange and rearrange them until they ‘click’ into your found poem. Separating the words from the page allows you to see them fresh and to use them in any order, in any arrangement. That is what Hanan did with this way.

从你打开书页的那一刻起,把那些自动跃入眼帘的词句摘抄下来。然后,将这些词句用诗句的格式重组搭配,直到它们一一扣合成为行云流水般美妙的诗句。有了这些从书页中挖掘来的词句,每个人都能创造出更多新颖别致的诗词雅韵。

You can also leave the page intact, circling or underlining words you wish to work with or using a pen or pencil to obscure words you choose not to use. This method provides the added constraint of using the words in the order they appear on the page. That is what Hanan did. Here’s more poem he created in this way.

另一种方法就是,用笔圈出或标记出你喜欢的词句,把你不喜欢的词句涂抹掉。这种方法能从一开始就让你的词句一目了然,所有诗句的行文先后完全依照原文顺序呈现。

Gather some words to you. You can find them in a book, or when you’re listening to a song, a movie, a conversation. Use those words to build yourself some poetry.

从书中搜集美妙的字词,或从歌词、影片、甚至平时的聊天中寻找灵感元素,将它们组织出属于你自己的诗句。

In as little as five minutes you can find not only a poem but also the poet in you!

只要短短的5分钟,一首蕴含着美妙意境的诗句不禁会跃然纸上,还会引领你走进诗的世界。

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