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Sunday Scribblings #159: Wondrous Words in the Final Frontier

From the moon to the stars! This time I am all for exploring wondrous words in the final frontier and beyond, for September 8th is Star Trek Day (apparently!).

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Poetic Sundays: Wondrous Words in the Final Frontier

This week is not about any specific poetic form but looking at poetic connections in the Star Trek series. So first, here is a definition of poetry from the show: “an art form that uses words, put together in new and unexpected ways, sometimes in rhyme.” ~ Deanna Troi, “Dark Page” (source)

Verse and Universe: The Final Frontier

Poetry and literature have made several appearances in the Star Trek series, often as a means of character development, cultural exploration, or as a source of inspiration and reflection. Here are some out of the world instances of poetry or wondrous words in the final frontier:

  • Klingon Poetry: Klingon poetry is a recurring theme in Star Trek, and I love how classic literature and poetry are woven in within these spaces. For example, there is a translated version of the epic poem “The Epic of Gilgamesh” and also “Hamlet.”
  • Paradise Lost Found!! Aboard the S. S. Botany Bay and many other references to Milton’s famous poem across other episodes as well (source).
  • Poetry and Imagination. While I don’t recall watching this episode, once I read about this poetic connection, I wanted to go look for and watch the Star Trek: Enterprise season one episode ‘Rogue Planet’. The connection: W. B. Yeats’ poem The Song of Wandering Aengus. Watch the episode for yourself to find out how this connection plays out or read more about it here.
  • Spock’s Poetry Recitals. Like many, I did have a certain fondness for Spock for his oddities, and while I am not sure I recall this episode, I am pretty sure I watched it. For I and my family were big Star Trek fans when I was younger:)
  • Captain Kirks Poetic Side: He quotes “All I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by” to Dr. McCoy in an episode. This is from a 20th century poem titled “Sea-Fever” by English poet John Masefield (source).
  • Then I have both Captain Kirk and Spock spouting nonsense Carroll style as they seem to draw inspiration from the Jabberwocky and those tweedly twins from Wonderland!!
  • Data’s Poetry: Data, the android officer in “The Next Generation,” explores his creative side by writing poetry. While there are many instances of his poetic attempts, one of the most famous ones within the show is his Ode To Spot.


On My Blog

This past week:

On the Homefront

Spending time with mom some more and discovering Bangalore traffic and some of its shenanigans that I have been away from (not ones I would want to embrace) were part of this week. And on the delightful, heart-uplifting side, I spent a few hours browsing through old photographs…Nostalgia does have its benefits…


On My Blog

Maybe a couple of posts.

On the Homefront

I am getting to the end of my almost-month long visit with my mom so it is a bittersweet feeling for sure. On the one hand, I have to bid goodbye to her and leaving with the hope that she gets stronger by the time I visit again. On the other, I am heading back home to DH and my kids, and will spend a few days with everyone together before we head out to drop my son off for his junior year at college (this time at an off-campus apartment).


Literary Celebrations (close-to-it also!)

  • Literary birthdays this week include: Joan Aiken on the 4th of Sept; Sam Hamill and Paul Fleischman on the 5th; Alice Sebold on 6th Sep; David Levithan on the 7th of Sept; Phyllis A. Whitney, Matt de la Peña, Kalki, Bharatendu Harishchandra, Sonia Sanchez, and Leo Tolstoy on the 9th; Mary Oliver on the 10th
  • Sept is Be Kind to Editors and Writers Month
  • National Read a Book Day is on the 6th of September (well, for me, it is daily!)
  • The 8th is International Literacy Day and World Ampersand Day
  • While the 9th of September is International Sudoku Day

Foodie Celebrations

Other Celebrations and Observations

Wrapped Up: My Sunday Scribblings

So dear reader, you have reached the end of this Sunday Scribblings! As always, I welcome your thoughts, comments, and suggestions about this post. Do you have any wondrous words in the final frontier to share with me and other readers? And, of course, do let me know if you plan to celebrate any of these mentioned celebrations this coming week/month?

Linking this to the Sunday Post over at the Caffeinated Reviewer and the Sunday Salon

13 thoughts on “Sunday Scribblings #159: Wondrous Words in the Final Frontier

  1. This brought me back! I remember the days were I watched Star Trek with my brothers. I also didn’t know September had a National Waffle Week! How fun!

  2. How sad you must feel to leave Bangalore and your mother. It must be wonderful to spending time looking through old photos there.

    I do love the idea of Star Trek Day. Thank you for this wonderful run through the poetry of Star Trek.

  3. I never knew there is a Star Trek day….although my husband is an avid fan, I only watch bits and pieces on the side, so I know a little of the stories but not entirely lol. Great poems! Yes, the characters are eloquent and have their own ways of speaking, this is neat!

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