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Poetry Friday - Victorian Found Poem/Writing Advice...

November 26, 2015

Tags: Poetry Friday, found poetry, art, artsyletters, ponderings, writing life

Greetings, Poetry Folks!

I hope you have had a wonderful holiday with people you love. The holidays can be tricky - virtual hugs if that wasn't the case for you this year. We have been counting our blessings visiting with family.

In fact, we're still visiting, so today I'm offering just a bit of fun from the studio. I've been drooling over HILL'S MANUAL - SOCIAL AND BUSINESS FORMS: GUIDE TO CORRECT WRITING (Chicago, Moses Warren & Co. Publishers, 1880), with all its Victorian flourish and advice for every communication situation, per Victorian standards. I'll be making lots of art from it I'm sure, and for starters I've made a small shadow box (6 inches by 6 inches) with a found poem for writers. (Above - Click here to view on Etsy.)

Here's the "revealed" text - more of an adage than a poem, perhaps, but I hope you enjoy!


becomes the
that will entertain and
instruct while
faculties of mind are employed

Kind of a 19th-Century-inspired expression of our modern maxim encountered at writing conferences, on blogs, etc.: BIC ("Butt in Chair")! Though maybe after a big meal this week, we need to temper that discipline with an extra walk or two.

Enjoy, I hope, a long weekend! And FIND lots of great poetry to keep you company at Carol's Corner with our delightful Poetry Friday host.


  1. November 27, 2015 12:34 AM EST
    What fun that must be to read those 'instructions', Robyn, and that you 'found' a clever poem hidden within for all the rest of us is terrific. It makes e wonder what those authors might say about the following of directions. Yes, it was a good Thanksgiving, and yes, I need a few extra walks. Thank you!
    - Linda Baie
  2. November 27, 2015 5:55 AM EST
    Happy Thanksgiving to you, Robyn. I am thankful for your clever found poem. Bravo!
    - Sally Murphy
  3. November 27, 2015 8:52 AM EST
    Those Victorians... anything to avoid the word "butt." ;) Thanks for sharing your gorgeous work with us, Robyn!
    - Michelle Heidenrich Barnes
  4. November 27, 2015 9:26 AM EST
    Thanks for sharing your Victorian find, and for your thoughtful Thanksgiving "virtual hug." Afraid I never heard of "BIC"--am glad for the current and backward glance. Glad your Thanksgiving was family-filled. God bless you!
    - cb hanek
  5. November 27, 2015 9:37 AM EST
    You are so talented! Not only can you find poems in a book that's more than one hundred years old, but you can also make it into art! Wow! Wondering where you found the book!
    - Carol Wilcox
  6. November 27, 2015 1:51 PM EST
    That's perfect! Love your artsy creations, Robin, I'll be back at your Etsy store for the holidays!
    - Tara
  7. November 27, 2015 3:28 PM EST
    Linda, - Ha! I do wonder what those authors would think.... Glad you had a good Thanksgiving. Thanks for popping in!

    Hi, Sally - and I'm thankful for literary friends Down Under. Wishing you a great weekend.

    Michelle - Maybe "Derrière in Chair?" Thanks for the kind words!

    Hi, cb - You might never look at a BIC pen the same way again! Thanks for coming by this holiday weekend; wishing you many blessings as well.

    Carol, Thank you! And eBay - my hubby has suggested I need an intervention as I am always finding vintage listings I can't resist there....

    Hi, Tara! Thanks so much, and thank you for "favoriting" my shop on Etsy!
    :0) Happy Weekending.
    - Robyn Black
  8. November 27, 2015 6:31 PM EST
    Love this! And I especially enjoyed going to Etsy and reading the full text. . . "for example, how characters can be told from penmanship." Yikes! Happy day after Thanksgiving, definitely more leisurely than yesterday.
    - Ramona
  9. November 27, 2015 7:41 PM EST
    There are such interesting things to be discovered in old books, especially the instruction manuals. Have fun in the discovery!
    - Diane Mayr
  10. November 27, 2015 10:50 PM EST
    Hi, Ramona - and, too funny! Guess we'd better dot those i's and cross those t's.....

    Diane - it's hard to put them down! I've been working in another book from the same period about "home life" with instructions for wives about managing their domains. Oh my. But there's some good sense mixed in some of the advice as well; so interesting to read!
    - Robyn Black
  11. November 28, 2015 8:16 AM EST
    Your art is always an inspiration to me! LOVE this found poem and its shadow box!
    - Mary Lee Hahn
  12. November 28, 2015 12:26 PM EST
    Thank you, Mary Lee! Hope you are having a great holiday weekend. :0)
    - Robyn Black
  13. November 28, 2015 6:58 PM EST
    Glad you have been having lovely family time, Robyn :-) Thanks for sharing your latest creative inspiration! Love those old books, especially that Victorian flourish!
    - Tabatha
  14. November 28, 2015 9:39 PM EST
    Hi, Tabatha - I hope you & yours have enjoyed the weekend! Thanks for coming by with your own lovely flourish. :0)
    - Robyn Black
  15. November 29, 2015 11:46 PM EST
    I clicked on your Etsy link and got quite distracted by your shop. You have some lovely things, Robyn. You are a multi-talented lady!
    - Violet N.
  16. November 30, 2015 9:59 AM EST
    Oh, thank you, Violet! I love it when people get distracted by my Etsy shop. ;0) I appreciate your coming by, and the kind comments. Happy Holidays!
    - Robyn Black

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