Poetry Friday: Wanderers (The Planets)


          My current WIP is middle grade historical fiction set in 1548 Bruges and Brussels in what is now modern day Belgium, but was then still known as the Spanish Netherlands.  My main character is the daughter of an astronomer, so I have planets and stars on the brain all the time nowadays!  The picture above is what I think of my main character when she is contemplating the night sky (minus the inappropriate attire, as her clothing is definitely not the period I am writing about).  But I like the look of this girl, and I like that she is writing, perhaps drawing her own versions of the constellations!

          So for Poetry Friday this week, I found a poem about the planets, known as “wanderers” even back in the Renaissance and Medieval period.  This week’s Poetry Friday is hosted by A Year of Reading.



          by Walter de la Mare

          Wide are the meadows of night,
          And daisies are shining there,
          Tossing their lovely dews,
          Lustrous and fair;
          And through these sweet fields go,
          Wanderers amid the stars —
          Venus, Mercury, Uranus, Neptune,
          Saturn, Jupiter, Mars. 

          ‘Tired in their silver, they move,
          And circling, whisper and say,
          Fair are the blossoming meads of delight
          Through which we stray.


5 Responses to “Poetry Friday: Wanderers (The Planets)”

  1. 1 Mary Lee March 26, 2011 at 2:48 am

    Your WIP sounds fascinating! I’ll be in Belgium (and Bruges) this summer and I’ll make it a point to look up at “the wanderers” while there!

  2. 3 Amber Keyser March 27, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    Lovely, lovely, lovely!

  3. 5 Ruby April 5, 2011 at 10:42 am

    We love what you are doing in honor of of Poetry Month. Check out with LitWorld is doing during the Poetry Month.


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