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Friday, May 25, 2012

Poetic Book Titles!

I’ve seen some of your posts like this, and I always think they’re fascinating! I especially like it because I marvel at clever, imaginative, and witty book titles. When I’m browsing a bookstore or library, a book title is the first thing I look at and the first thing that grabs my attention. Then I flip it over and read the summary. Only when I’m in line buying the book or borrowing it do I remember the cover is something to look at, too! It’s the title that is most important to me. Book titles may be naming prose, but together they are poetry: 
On Kingdom Mountain,
The woman in the wall
(Dreamdark: Blackbringer)
Catching fire
When Heaven and Earth changed places.
Impossible.
In sunlight, in a beautiful garden,
Dream lives of butterflies.
The heart is a lonely hunter, forever… 
Because it is bitter, and because it is my heart.
The wanderer, huntress:
Out of the dust,
Walk two moons
By the shores of silver lake
Where the red fern grows.
When you reach me,
Lips touch three times–
A ring of endless light.
Two of these book titles were inspired by poems and one was inspired by a song. Do you know which books, the poems, and the poets? (See answer at the end of this post.)
Have you discovered a poem among some of your book titles? Have you ever been inspired to title your novel or stories from lines in a poem? 
Have a lovely weekend, Zigzaggers, and happy Memorial Day weekend to my USA buddies!!! Take time to remember and thank our fallen troops who sacrificed their lives so we could keep ours.
For your reading pleasure:
On Kingdom Mountain by Howard Frank Mosher 
The Woman in the Wall by Patrice Kindl 
Dreamdark: Blackbringer by Laini Taylor 
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins 
Impossible by Nancy Werlin 
Dream Lives of Butterflies by Jaimee Wriston Colbert 
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers 
Forever… by Judy Blume 
The Wanderer by Sharon Creech 
Huntress by Andrew Joseph 
Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse 
Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech 
By the Shores of Silver Lake by Laura Ingalls Wilder 
Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls 
When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead 
Lips Touch Three Times by Laini Taylor 
A Ring of Endless Light by Madeleine L’Engle 
Because It Is Bitter, and Because It Is My Heart by Joyce Carol Oates
Because it is bitter, and because it is my heart is a line from the poem “In the Desert” by Stephen Crane. Read it here: http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/175754
A Ring of Endless Light by Madeleine L’Engle
A great ring of pure and endless light is a line from the poem “The World” by Henry Vaughan. Read it here: http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/174701
Impossible by Nancy Werlin 
The ballad “Scarborough Fair” by Simon & Garfunkel inspired Nancy Werlin to write a novel about it. Read more info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scarborough_Fair_(ballad)

23 comments:

Dana said...

I love these posts! One of these days I'll post my own. :)

Have a great weekend!

Annalisa Crawford said...

That was fantastic :-)

Tara Tyler said...

did that for a janet reid contest. it's fun! i like your titles,

Tara Tyler said...

cant do that with ebooks!

LD Masterson said...

Aw, come on, Laura. I'm having enough trouble getting all the books in my TBR pile read. If I start looking at the titles as possible poems, I'll never get anything done.

Too late, I think I see one forming.

Stina Lindenblatt said...

OMG! I can't believe you managed to do that with book titles. I'm totally going to have to try this. :D

Julie Dao said...

That was beautiful - WOW. I'm going to have to try this...

DL Hammons said...

*Shaking head*

The places your mind goes!

Have a wonderful weekend! :)

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I wouldn't have caught the music.

Have a great weekend, Laura.

Jennifer Shirk said...

Oh, very cool! I don't know enough poems to do it for a book title. But what a great idea about a song though.

Have a great weekend!

Carrie-Anne said...

My most-recently completed manuscript took its title from Shakespeare's Sonnet 145, and the sequel takes its title from Sonnet 29. A number of chapter titles in various manuscripts have also taken titles from songs I like, like "Don't Let Me Wait Too Long," "Trading in His Shelter for Danger," and "Who Will Stand, Who Will Fall?" The third novel in my Russian family saga, which I'm hopefully going to start this year, also has a title taken from the second line of The Divine Comedy, and each of the four Parts will similarly have titles taken from the first stanza.

Margo Berendsen said...

You are the first person I've ever come across who has ever mentioned a Ring of Endless Light, one of my childhood favorites!

I agree with you about titles, they matter more to me than covers, but ultimately it's the premise and the first page that matter most to me.

Lovely poem!

Elana Johnson said...

Wow, super creative post. I don't think I could do this if I tried.

Clarissa Draper said...

How clever you are. I bet I could so a haunting poem with mystery titles.

Krista McLaughlin said...

Very cool! I like that!

Have a good weekend! :)

Laura Marcella said...

Dana- They’re fun to do! I had so many other books that could’ve worked for poems.

Annalisa- Thank you! Have a great weekend!!

Tara- You mean you can’t take a picture with ebooks! But you can still discover a poem among ebook titles.

LD- LoL, whoops, I hadn’t thought of that! I hope you share your book titles poem!

Stina- Definitely do it!! It’s really fun.

Julie- Thank you for saying so! Have fun!!

DL- I hope that’s a good thing! I think it is. So yes, I’ve decided to take it as a compliment. Thanks! :)

Diane- Have a great weekend!!

Jennifer- You can certainly check out any poetry website for book title or chapter title ideas!

Carrie-Anne- Wow! That’s awesome. I’m glad to see another author who is inspired by poetry. Thanks for sharing!

Margo- I LOVE that book!! I remember reading it for the first time in fifth grade. I’d borrowed it from my homeroom teacher’s classroom library and loved it so much that my parents surprised me one day after school with my own copy! I re-read it every few years. It’s been a while, though. I’ll have to try and squeeze it in this summer!

Elana- Thank you! You’re a talented writer and I know you could do this!!

Clarissa- You’re right! That would be awesome with mystery titles. I hope you give it a try!!

Krista- Thank you very much! Have a wonderful weekend!

Carissa Taylor said...

This is such a fun idea - what a lovely poem! I'll definitely have to post one of my own someday soon!

Love your blog BTW - new follower!

Libby said...

I would never have thought to do that!

Melissa Ann Goodwin said...

What a creative idea - Now when I'm wandering through bookstores, I'll always be putting titles together. Very cool!

Beth Camp said...

Thanks to LD Masterson, I'm now looking at my to be read pile as a source of . . . gasp . . . poetry! A lovely post -- again.

Laura Marcella said...

Carissa- Hello and welcome to Wavy Lines! I hope you try it. It's really fun! I have so many other books that would make great poetry. Thanks for stopping by and commenting and I appreciate the follow!!

Libby- It's so much fun! Definitely give it a try!

Melissa- LoL, I hadn't thought of that!

Beth- Poetry and prose go hand-in-hand!! Thank you for your kind words. :)

Saumya said...

This is such a cool idea and thought! I never knew some titles were inspired by poems. I LOVE that you love poetry. And Ring of Endless Light brings back childhood memories.

Laura Marcella said...

Saumya- Thanks! A lot of people were doing this last year and I finally got around to doing it for myself. It was a lot of fun! I have so many other books with titles that could make interesting poems. I haven't read A Ring of Endless Light in a while, so I think this summer will be a good time for a re-read!!