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A Literary Challenge

This fun challenge has been inspired by a brilliant post by Norman Darlington

Norman assembled three books to create a haiku from the titles:

Far beyond the field / one hundred frogs / just living

Now our titles may or may not be so profound but let’s try. Using titles of two or more books, try to create a short poem, a wise saying, a headline, something funny or anything that you like.


  • Complete, authentic book titles should be used.
  • No additions like and, but if, so etc.
  • Be creative and have fun.
  • If using not-so-well-known books please mention authors.


Romeo and Juliet/ Kidnapped/ The Hunt Begins


What do you think?

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  1. Grow long, blessed night / a beggar in Jerusalem / waiting for the wind

    Grow long, blessed night – Love poems from Classical India, by Martha Ann Selby
    A Beggar in Jerusalem, by Elie Wiesel
    Waiting for the Wind – Thirty-one poets of Japan’s late medieval age, by Steven Carter

      • Shukriya! I learned ‘wah wah’ nine years ago when attending a ghazal reading in Bangalore. I had read ghazals before that, and they never really touched me. But the readers put so much soul into the poems that I was completely drawn in, and I can say that that was a turning point in my appreciation of the form 🙂

        • I love Urdu poetry . Have you read or listened to anything by Faiz Ahmed Faiz, Ghalib or Iqbal? (Not sure how much Urdu you know but I’m guessing it is probably as good as my English if you can appreciate ghazals)

          • The recitation I attended in Bangalore was bilingual, first in Urdu then English. It was entirely Ghalib’s work. My Urdu is very weak. I learned ‘Hindustani’ more than 20 years ago and it has been deteriorating ever since. I can dig my way through a sher, word by word, but where it helps my appreciation is in reading a parallel text: if I already know what the words are supposed to mean, then I can greatly appreciate the Urdu 🙂 I found a good bookshop in Mysore and bought everything I could find on ghazals. I got a wonderful CD of Abida Parveen singin Ghalib’s ghazals. I wonder do you know it? It raises the hairs on the nape of my neck 😀

            But I also enjoy ghazals in English! I’ve even had a few published. Have you read any of Agha Shahid Ali’s English ghazals?

  2. Here’s another one

    As I Lay Dying / Death Be Not Proud/ Everything is Illuminated


    As I Lay Dying, by William Faulkner
    Death Be Not Proud, by John Gunther
    Everything Is Illuminated, by Jonathan Safran Foer


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