Literary Paraphernalia: 10 Literary Prints for the Home

Next week, I’m moving to a new studio in Downtown Portland, and because I can’t afford a Picasso, I decided to stick with some cheap prints that show off my love of words. Here are a few of my favorites:

If you know me at all, you know that I love Sylvia Plath and her one and only novel The Bell Jar. The Etsy shop Pomalia sells many prints with the black-and-white typography based book covers. You can get a few of your favorite titles and display them on a wall in your living room.


If you’re a Kurt Vonnegut fan, you may recognize this quote from Slaughterhouse-Five. This sentence in particular has been a favorite of many readers. It simultaneously accepts and dismisses everything. In other words, it gives zero fucks.


This famous Shakespearean line comes from Hamlet. It is the last piece of advice that Polonius gives to his son Laertes, who is itching to get to Paris. However, the phrase originally didn’t have such a new-agey meaning. Instead, it meant put yourself first, because then you will be in a better position to help others.



Oscar Wilde wrote a lot about identity, and this is one of his better known quotes. There are many reasons why you should be yourself, but I’ve always enjoyed this quote because of how blunt and simple it is.


This is a print that doesn’t need much of an introduction. I think “read more books” is a sentiment we can all get behind. The words are printed on top of an antique dictionary page.


Tyrion Lannister is one smart dude. To be honest, this quote has nothing to do with the meaning of life. No words of wisdom or inspiration (I mean—I suppose there could be some inspiration). But I love it anyways. It’s a conversation starter.


As we all know, book nerds also tend to be introverts (not me, personally, but that’s another post), who have better relationships with the books on their shelf than actual people. No judgement. People are crazy. Jean-Paul Sartre was a french playwright, novelist, and screenwriter (among other things). This line comes from his play No Exit, one of his more famous works.


Besides a hatred for people, many book lovers share a love of coffee. This illustrated poster featuring a quote from T.S. Elliot is a great way to show that love off. The full quote (in case you’re having trouble reading it) is “I have measured out my life with coffee spoons.”


Rainer Maria Rilke was a Bohemian-Austrian poet and novelist. The full quote on this print reads “to fall, patiently to trust our heaviness, even a bird has to do that before he can fly.” I love the illustration and design on this one, as well as the meaning behind the quote.


Like many people my age, I grew up on Winnie the Pooh. I love the idea of having a wall with illustrations from your favorite childhood books. Maybe I’ll start with this one. Or you could put it in your child’s bedroom or nursery, if, you know, you like to do stuff for other people.


About Melanie Figueroa

Melanie is the Editor-in-Chief at The Poetics Project. She has a masters in writing and book publishing from Portland State University and a passion for stories in all their forms. Her favorite book is The Bell Jar. You can follow Melanie on Twitter or Instagram @wellmelsbells.
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