The Taj Mahal from Persian and Arabic, “crown of palaces”, is a white marble mausoleum located on the southern bank of Yamuna River in the Indian city of Agra. It was commissioned in 1632 by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan (reigned 1628–1658) to house the tomb of his wife, Mumtaz Mahal.
The Taj Mahal is regarded by many as the best example of Mughal architecture and is widely recognized as “the jewel of Muslim art in India”. It is one of the world’s most celebrated structures and a symbol of India’s rich history.
Today, we ask you to use the magnificent Taj Mahal as inspiration for your poems. They could be about someone’s final resting place written in maybe an Elegy, or you could incorporate an Indian form of poetry (Naani, comes to mind). Any adventure you can muster based on this stop on our itinerary is most welcome!
Today is July 4th, Independence Day in the United States. So, our stop over is in the Nation’s capitol in Washington, D.C. The District of Columbia is rife with many great and famous monuments to celebrate the country’s historic past. From the Washington Monument, to the Jefferson Memorial in Monticello, the Iwo Jima Memorial, The Lincoln Memorial and there are many more sites to provide inspiration. Choose one and wax poetically with your verbal fireworks.
We’re coming to the end of our love song. The sounds and various effects we use to express them will serve us in our future pursuits of poetry.
Twice a year when the poetry challenges come around, we know there will be a Tuesday dedicated to either love poems and “anti-love” poems. These opposite poles of romantic magnetism have a distinct “sound” all their own.
As we’ve explored, the lilting music of love has a quality that placates our hearts and touches souls. But the edgy, almost angry or angst filled sense of this “dark side” of love has a certain timber to it. The sound is more driven by the emotion. Jealousy, paranoia, uncertainty and self-doubt all come off sounding different from one another.
So, to close out February and to silence the sounds of love, develop some of those dreaded “anti-love” poems.