Actually, the title of this post isn’t entirely accurate is it? Neither is it “Wordless”, nor could anyone with even a smidgen of visual acuity or artistic taste call it “Art”. I’ve heard it said, “A doctor who treats himself has a fool for a patient.” I fear a similar issue arises when the owner of a blog is also its editor. In the spirit of the season, please permit me this bit of self-indulgent folly? (more below)
The “word art” above was created by me using Wordle. I inserted a subset of the poem into their online tool, adjusted the colors to be somewhat Christmassy (is that a word?), and did some manual manipulation in Photoshop to get it roughly in the shape of a Christmas tree. What do you think?
Dr. Clement C. Moore, to whom the poem is credited, never expected that he would be remembered by it. He had children, and enjoyed writing poetry for them. He even wrote the a book. One year in the early 1800’s he wrote this poem to give to his children for a Christmas present. Most commonly called “‘Twas the Night before Christmas,” it was originally titled “A Visit from St. Nicholas.” Read Project Gutenberg’s “Twas the Night before Christmas, by Clement C. Moore, free here.