Wordle Words and Poetic Prose

Wordle Words © 2011 Mufidah Kassalias


Above are some of the most common words from my blog thus far, wordle-style — a sort of ‘tag cloud’ with a splash of colour and a vertical element. To some extent these words tell their own story, highlighting some of my photographic subjects and locations. Lewes, of course, features prominently, as — ahem — do I, since I tag each post with my name.

Looking at the random placement of the words there are some interesting juxtapositions: beacon and light; English and images; Madden and walked (my partner Sean, whose surname is Madden, is a great walker); large, black and sea; Lewes and heart (I live in the centre of town); next and frame; another and day.

Inspired by these juxtapositions, and the words in general, I decided to set myself the challenge of writing a short piece of prose that includes as many of the wordle words as possible, combined with as few additional words as possible — a more demanding version of an exercise we do occasionally in Sean’s writing classes, in which everyone contributes words to a list that we call a ‘word hoard’; from this list we choose a word or phrase that speaks to us in that moment and then take ten minutes or so to write in response to our chosen word or phrase.

Early one blue sky morning, two people decided to go for an English walk through Sussex town and country.

In the heart of Lewes they climbed the castle, took photographs of trees and clouds, fields and houses, and the long river snake known as the Ouse.

The church at Hamsey, smaller than they remembered, held up the hill on which it had sat for many, many years. Something grey walked behind them. They left, never to return.

Brighton in the afternoon, to see the pier stretching out to sea, the still water always in the now. Big, white seafront buildings glistened in the sun.

Then a drive to Sheffield Park, another green year full of reflections, images that take you back to a far away world.

A gorgeous evening in Seaford, walking along the cliff that every day sees first and last light. On this day, the winter solstice, a bonfire in the next field. They watched a rocket speed, a small beacon in the far west.

They arrived at the large, black sea at Cuckmere, which filled its river in the quiet night.

In the end, the couple walked back home and said good night.

Out of the 150 wordle words I managed to get over 100 in the above piece of writing — the additional words being prepositions, conjunctions and pronouns, with a scattering of nouns and verbs to spice things up a bit. All in all, an enjoyable moment of poetic silliness.

If you’d like to create your own wordle just go to wordle.net and either enter your blog URL or paste in some text. Once your wordle has been generated you can choose from a variety of options, such as font, colour scheme and word orientation.

Blogger Awards

As it’s the last day of 2011 it seems an appropriate time to thank everyone who has passed on various blogger awards:

Although these blog awards all come with ‘rules’, I’d just like to thank those who passed them on to me and mention a few blogs (twelve actually, one for each month of the year) which readers might like to follow. In alphabetical order …

  1. A Day in December
  2. A Monkeyhanger’s Motley Medley
  3. Adrian Harvey Photography
  4. Draw and Shoot
  5. Experiments in Experience
  6. In Search of Style
  7. James Brandon O’Shea
  8. Journey Photographic
  9. Katie’s Camera Blog
  10. Münchow’s Creative Photo Blog
  11. Photographs by David Williams
  12. Visual Journey

From the Blog Archives

Finally, here are two photographs from the blog archives. The first one, the subject of my first blog post, is part of a series of 10, the other nine images can be found via the Reflections tab above, where you’ll see thumbnails as well as links to the original posts. The second image is one of my favourite from the short series of zoom effect photographs, all of which can be found via the Abstract tab above.

Waterside Buildings © 2011 Mufidah Kassalias

Pink Wings © 2011 Mufidah Kassalias

33 responses

  1. Happy New Year Mufidah! I wish you an amazing 2012. Thank you for the shout out! :)
    I am happy to have connected with you here and look forward to all you upcoming work.
    Lovely writing.

  2. :Love the wordle, Mufidah! :) What a fun exercise! Congrats on all those nominations! You certainly deserve it! Thanks too for mentioning my blog. An honor indeed. :) The happiest of 2012 to you!

  3. This is way cool Mufidah! I am glad to have been following you since the beginning…keep up the great work…and thanks for mentioning me. Happy New Year to you!!!

  4. All deserving accolades Mufidah. You have set the benchmark high with some of your work and I have high expectations from your work in 2012 :)

    All the best and happy new year !

        • Horsham is a sweet town. Lewes has changed a lot since the 70s though. I’ve been here since the mid-90s and even in that time there have been huge changes — more cafés for a start, more houses, built wherever there is a gap between other buildings, more cars, parking zones (8 in all!), more shops that sell only 6 or 8 things, and, sadly, more High Street shops and restaurants, although somehow Lewes still has a good number of independent shops and businesses.

          • The last time I was in Horsham ( a few years ago ) it had changed out of all recognition. I lived in Ireland from 1980-2005 so seeing it again was quite a shock. I couldn’t find my way around at all. They seemed to have moved all the streets! Of course we can only be sure of 3 things. Change, taxes and death !

  5. Really interesting Wordle, I’ll have to try that out myself! I just love your Waterside Buildings image, simply wonderful!

    Thank you for mentioning my blog, I am very honoured to have been included!!