Saturday, April 19, 2008

Poetry Month (April 20-24)

20th- Musette
21st- Essence
22nd- Pleiades
23rd- Clerihew
24th- Epitaph

Ready for another week of poetry fun? Alright!

On a side note, happy Pesach and on the 22nd, earth day! The first poem type of the week is the musette. defines a musette as: "a poem that consists of three verses of three lines
each. The first lines have two syllables; the second lines have four syllables, and the third lines have two syllables. The rhyme scheme is a/b/a for the first verse; c/d/c for the second verse, and e/f/e for the third verse. The title should reflect the poem’s content."

Example: Camera Nut

Smile, please
Now move closer ~
Say cheese

Eyes crossed
Do it again ~
I'm lost

No fear
Ready on three ~
Look here!
by starkat

Example: Black
Deep space;
A raven's wing;
The trace

Of kohl
- Egyptian's eyes;
A mole;

Vanilla pod;
by devilzadvocate

I really like this next poem type. The essence poem is short, sweet, simple, and can be very beautiful. defines an essence poem as: "a short, structured form of two-lines, six syllables each with an end rhyme and internal rhyme."

Example: Birth of Dreams
Moonbeams flood sleepy earth ~
Night dreams are given birth.
by Luna

Example: A Park Bench Glance
Huddled against the cold;
troubled, homeless and old.
by EnigmaticMonday

Our third poem type of this week is the pleiades. defines a pleiades poem.
"This titled form was invented in 1999 by Craig Tigerman, Sol Magazine's Lead Editor. Only one word is allowed in the title followed by a single seven-line stanza. The first word in each line begins with the same letter as the title. Hortensia Anderson, a popular haiku and tanka poet, added her own requirement of restricting the line length to six syllables."

Example: Weary
Whether or not you care,
willfully I voice my
woeful littany of
weekend chores in which you
wallow, unexpected,
working as you try to
watch a football game or two.
by Mariacristina

Example: TIME
tenacious and fluid
trolls the waters of memory
twines contemporanously
tendrils of conciousness
twists of calendar years
tosses an alchemical salad
traps us by surprise
by ridinghhood

The clerihew poems can be a lot of fun to write and read. defines a clerihew poem as:
"a comic verse consisting of two couplets and a specific rhyming scheme, aabb invented by Edmund Clerihew Bentley (1875-1956) at the age of 16. The poem is about/deals with a person/character within the first rhyme. In most cases, the first line names a person, and the second line ends with something that rhymes with the name of the person."

Sir Humphrey Davy
Abominated gravy.
He lived in the odium
Of having discovered sodium.
by Edmund Clerihew Bentley

Example: Sleep
My bed is always my friend
I don't want sleep to end
Somehow though I always wake up tired
Maybe it should be fired
by Sarah

A poem type that's really a lot of fun to write, though sort of morbid, is the epitaph poem. defines an epitaph poem as:
"a brief poem inscribed on a tombstone praising a deceased person, usually
with rhyming lines."

Example: My Epitaph Poem
Here lies the man named Buck
he just ran plum out of luck.
He's buried here in the ground
Now ya know where he be found
by Buck Withers

Example: The tombstone of Hillaire Belloc (1870-1953)
Here richly, with ridiculous display,
The Politician’s corpse was laid away.
While all of his acquaintance sneered and slanged,
I wept: for I had longed to see him hanged.

That's all for this week! I'll write again on the 25th for the final five poems:
26th- Nonet
27th- Etheree
28th- Rictameter
29th- Brevette
30th- The Pictorial

Until then- keep writing!


Opinonsmatter said...

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