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      Blogs   05/01/2017

      Blogs are now accessible to Guests. Guests may read and reply to blog entries. We'll see how this works out. If Guest participation becomes troublesome, I'll disable Guest access. Members are encouraged to make use of the PMO Members' Promotional Blog to promote their published works. Simply add your latest entry to the blog. Include relevant information (your name or screen name, poem title, periodical name, hyperlink to the site where published, etc). If you have a lot of them and feel you need your own blog, let me know, and I will try to accommodate you. Members are encouraged to continue also posting their promotional topics in the Promotions forum on the board itself which is better suited for archiving promotions.
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German Verse

Knittelvers means cudgel verse. Considered simple, sometimes awkward and often satirical, comical or vulgar, Knittelvers are a 15thcentury German stanzaic form which by the 17th century had become indicative of derogatory statements. Written in crude couplets the genre / form was rejected as clumsy by most reputed poets. But by the 18th century they were revived by such noted poets as Goethe, Schiller and Gottsched. Knittelvers continue to be effective in political satire and parodies.

TheĀ elements of Knittelvers are:

  1. stanzaic, written in any number of couplets.
  2. rhymed. The rhyme can be true or assonant rhyme. aa bb cc dd etc.
  3. syllabic, originally the lines were long but narrowed down to either strict count of 8 syllable lines or free count of 8 or 9 syllable lines each. But by the 18th century two prominent variations emerged:
    • a rhymed couplet of alternating an 8 syllable masculine ending line followed by a 9 syllable feminine ending line.
    • or alternating rhymed couplets of 8 syllable masculine ending lines followed by a couplet of 9 syllable feminine ending lines.
  4. accentual, each line carries 4 stressed syllables.

    How Many Times? by Judi Van Gorder
    He said "sorry, it's me not you.
    I strayed and found somebody new."
    She knew before he spoke his confession
    he'd played long before this transgression.

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