The poetry of scent: Candles inspiring a celebration of National Poetry Month

April brings National Poetry Month, a time to dive into the world of poetry. This month is special because it shines a light on poets whose work stands out due to its deep connection to Ireland's stunning landscapes and its ability to capture the country's rich history and culture in words. In Ireland, poetry is a big deal. It tells stories of love, nature, and history while deeply tied to the beautiful scenery—from the wild mountains to the crashing coastlines.

This love for nature and storytelling is something we at Rathbornes understand well. Since 1488 in Dublin, we've been making candles that do more than light up a room. Our candles bring the essence of Ireland's landscapes into your home through carefully crafted scents.

As we celebrate National Poetry Month, let's explore how the blend of words and scents can take us on a journey to Ireland, where every candle, like a poem, shares a piece of the Irish spirit. With Rathbornes, experience how a candle's scent can bring to life the beauty of Ireland, much like a poem captures the essence of its landscapes and stories.

Join us in celebrating the art of poetry and the magic of scents this month.

The Connection Between Scent and Poetry

Poetry and scent share a unique power to transport us beyond the immediate, evoke emotions, and awaken memories. When we read a poem, its words can carry us to distant lands, drop us into the heart of unseen landscapes, or plunge us into the depths of human emotion. It's not just about the words on the page; it's about where those words take us, the scenes they paint in our minds, and the feelings they stir in our hearts.

Similarly, scents have the remarkable ability to trigger memories and emotions. A single fragrance can take you back to a moment long past, perhaps to childhood, a special place, or a moment with a loved one. Just like poetry, scents speak a language beyond words. They communicate directly with our senses, creating vivid, personal experiences.

Candle and Poetry Pairings

Pairing one

The Candle: Dublin Tea Rose, Oud & Patchouli

This candle captures the essence of a Dublin garden at dusk, intertwining the delicate aroma of tea roses with the deep, earthy notes of oud and the subtle warmth of patchouli. It's designed to evoke the peaceful transition from day to night in an Irish garden, where the air becomes filled with the rich scents of blooming flowers and damp earth.

The Poem: "He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven" by W.B. Yeats

Yeats, one of Ireland's most celebrated poets, weaves a tapestry of love, dreams, and the delicate nature of human connections in this short but profound poem. The poem's imagery, with its references to the "cloths of heaven," embroidered with light and the celestial, complements the ethereal and sophisticated scent of the Dublin Tea Rose, Oud & Patchouli candle.

Pairing two

The Candle: White Pepper, Honeysuckle, & Vetivert

The White Pepper, Honeysuckle, & Vetivert candle by Rathbornes masterfully combines the spicy kick of white pepper with the sweet, intoxicating aroma of honeysuckle and the earthy depth of vetivert. This scent profile is reminiscent of a late spring evening in Ireland, where the contrasts in nature blend harmoniously—the sharpness of freshly ground pepper mingling with the delicate fragrance of blooming honeysuckles underpinned by the grounding presence of vetivert, echoing the earth's rich soil.

The Poem: “Postscript” by Seamus Heaney

Let's consider Seamus Heaney, another luminary of Irish literature. His poem "Postscript" offers a powerful reflection on the beauty of the Irish landscape and the unexpected moments of awe it can inspire. In this poem, Heaney describes a drive along the coast of County Clare, where the natural beauty of the sea and sky leaves the traveller caught off guard by its profound impact, a moment of beauty that "catches the heart off guard and blows it open."

Pairing three

Candle and Poetry Pairing: Camomile & Mimosa

The Camomile & Mimosa candle captures the essence of a serene, sun-drenched meadow in the heart of Ireland. The gentle, soothing aroma of camomile blends beautifully with the bright, sweet notes of mimosa, creating a comforting and uplifting fragrance. This candle is a tribute to the quiet beauty of the Irish countryside, offering a moment of calm and contemplation in the rush of modern life.

The Poem: "The Wild Swans at Coole" by W.B. Yeats

For this pairing, we turn to another of W.B. Yeats's celebrated works, "The Wild Swans at Coole." In this poem, Yeats reflects on the passage of time, nature's enduring beauty, and the search for solace amidst change. The imagery of the swans—majestic, serene, and untouched by the passing years—contrasts with the poet's sense of mortality and change.

The Sensory Journey

The unique blend of scents in the White Pepper, Honeysuckle, & Vetivert candle and the vivid imagery of "Postscript" combine to create a layered sensory experience. As the candle fills the space with its complex fragrance, Heaney's words invite you to envision the rugged beauty of the Irish coast, where the wild Atlantic meets the green shores in a dance of natural splendour. The spiciness of the white pepper evokes the bracing sea air, the honeysuckle mirrors the wildflowers dotting the landscape, and the vetivert grounds the experience in the earthiness of Ireland's fertile land.

The Sensory Journey

Lighting the Camomile & Mimosa candle while delving into "The Wild Swans at Coole" creates a harmonious sensory experience. The candle's soothing and uplifting scents echo the poem's themes of finding tranquillity and beauty in nature despite life's inevitable changes. The fragrance encourages a sense of calm and reflection, enhancing the poem's contemplative mood and celebrating nature's timeless grace.

Wishing you an enlightened month

This month, we've seen how the delicate dance of scents can complement the woven words of Ireland's celebrated poets, creating an immersive experience that transcends the ordinary. Each candle, with its unique scent profile paired with a poem, offers a moment of pause, reflection, and connection to the world around us and within us. It's a testament to the enduring power of our senses to shape our experiences and memories.

We invite you to continue this journey beyond National Poetry Month, exploring the connections between the scents surrounding you and the poetry that moves you. Let the unique blend of fragrances from Rathbornes candles inspire your pairings, whether with poems, songs, or moments of quiet reflection. In doing so, you celebrate the art of candle-making and poetry and create personal rituals that enrich your daily life with beauty and meaning.