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  1. Explore the Craft of Writing Light Verse Little Willies or Ruthless Rhymes were made popular at the turn of the 19th century because of a publication by Col. D Streamer"s (Harry Graham English poet , 1874-1936) Ruthless Rhymes for Heartless Homes. Graham took the pen name from his regiment, the Coldstream Guards. He wrote short satirical poems, one about a boy named Billy. Billy became Willie and a new form was born. The poems were recited and copied all over the English speaking world. The elements of Little Willies are: satirical accentual, with 4 stresses per line.
  2. Tinker

    Bagarthach Verse

    Explore the Craft of Writing Light Verse Bagarthach verse was hatched in the science fiction novel The Reefs of Earth by American writer R. A Lafferty. In the novel, alien immigrants to earth occasionally speak in verse. They call it Bagarthach Verse and it has powers beyond the words. (Well, doesn't all good poetry?) In the book the mean spirited wishes of the verse often come true. The verse is similar to Ruthless Rhyme. In this world, when written by earthlings, the verse form would be categorized as Light Verse. The elements of the Bagarthach are: funny or clever but mean s
  3. Explore the Craft of Writing Light Verse The Didactic Cinquain or Recipe Poem is often taught to American school children used as an aid in exploring the poetic mind, or just having fun with words. It uses parts of speech for the set form and in this regard is similar to the Diamante or Diamond Poem. This verse form is not to be confused with Rhyming Recipe or Recipe Poem which sets a culinary recipe to rhyme. The elements of the Didactic Cinquain or Recipe Poem are: a cinquain with lines made up of L1 1 noun, L2 2 adjectives, L3 3 verbs, L4 1 phrase or sentence, L5
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    The Minute Poem

    Explore the Craft of Writing Light Verse The Minute Poem is a 60 syllable verse form, one syllable for each second in a minute. The theme should be an event that is over and done completely, as in a minute. Since the dominant line is short the effect is likely humorous, whimsical or semi-serious. It was created by Verna Lee Hinegardner, once poet laureate of Arkansas. The elements of the Minute Poem are: narrative poetry. a 12 line poem made up of 3 quatrains. syllabic, 8-4-4-4-8-4-4-4-8-4-4-4 rhymed, rhyme scheme of aabb ccdd eeff. description of a fini
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    Limerick and Cross Limerick

    Explore the Craft of Writing Light Verse The Limerick is an old folk-tradition. Although commonly thought to be Irish, there is evidence that this verse form is, in fact, an old French form brought to the town of Limerick Ireland by returning veterans of the French War in 1702. Conversly, the verse form can be traced back even further. The oldest recorded poem fitting the metered, rhymed frame is from Thomas Aquinas (Italy 1225-1274). Sit vitiorum meorum evacuation Concupiscentae et libidinis exterminatio, Caritatis et patientiae, Humilitatis et obedientiae, Omniumque virtutu
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    Morning Brew

    Here is a bit of fluff for the morning.... Morning Brew Breathe in the heady aroma of coffee brewing. Pour, then grasp the hot mug, warming palms to heart and peer into the dark, steaming, pool to find the entrance to the day. Slowly savor the smooth, bittersweet of the full bodied liquid, and feel the burn while it slides down the throat. Ahhh...... Good morning. . . Judi Van Gorder
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    Explore the Craft of Writing Light Verse The Rubliw is an invented form created by American poet Richard Wilbur then named and defined by Lewis Turco, author of The Book of Forms among other works. A short metric poem was sent by Wilbur to Turco containing a challenge to name the verse form framing the poem. Turco responded in kind and named the form by reversing the spelling of Wilbur's name. He also wrote humorous, didactic messages in the same form to fellow poets Dana Gioia and Sam Gwynn. The Rubliw as created would fall under the category of Light Verse. The elements of the Rubl
  8. Tinker

    Tuanortsa or Palindrome

    Explore the Craft of Writing Light Verse Tuanortsa is a Palindromic poem. A palindrome reads the same from front to back as from back to front. Palindromes in a single word would be level, radar, eye, civic, rotor etc. A palindromic poem need not be quite as tricky as turning a word inside out. The lines can simply be mirrored so that the sequence reverses the order and the lines read the same from bottom to top as they do from top to bottom. This was presented to me as a poetry exercise. Why it was called Tuanortsa, astronaut spelled backward, makes no sense to me because the word i
  9. Tinker

    Mad Cow & Mad Calf

    Explore the Craft of Writing Light Verse In the Mad Cow, the rhyme scheme sets the tone. This pastoral verse form invented by American Sebastian "Duke" Delorange, found at Poetry Base, is a perfect candidate for "Light Verse". The elements of the Mad Cow are: is a poem in 35 lines made up of 7 cinquains? metric, alexandrine lines, iambic hexameter (6 metric feet) lines with midline caesura. rhymed, rhyme scheme ababc cdede fgfgh hijij klklm mnono eieio. (for those not familiar with the nursery rhyme, "Old Mac Donald had a farm e i e i o. And on that farm he had a co
  10. Tinker


    Explore the Craft of Writing American Verse Paradelle Billy Collins, American poet and humorist inadvertently invented the satirical verse form, Paradelle in 1967 when he wrote Paradelle for Susan. The poem with footnote was written to mock amateur poets who sacrifice sense for form and targeted the Villanelle. It was meant as a parody, hence the name "Paradelle". Although it was written as a spoof some reviewers took it seriously taking the footnote at face value. They critiqued the poem as amateurish and clumsy not realizing that the poem was intentionally written to appear amateu
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    Light Verse

    Explore the Craft of Writing Poetry Light Verse, Vers de Societe, Gentle Verse, Occasional Verse or Social Verse are all names for any poetry written with spontaneity and humor. Wit, rhythm and rhyme are standard components but the form and structure of the poem are at the poet's discretion. Often the poems are very short but not always. Austin Dobson, master of light verse, suggests: Never be vulgar. Avoid slang and puns. Avoid inversions. Be sparing of long words. Be colloquial but not commonplace. Choose the lightest and brightest of measures. Let
  12. Tinker

    Alphabet Poem

    Explore the Craft of Writing Light Verse Alphabet Poem is a poetic technique that incorporates letters of the alphabet as part of the structure of the poem. The Alphabestiary, the Abecedarius and the Iroha Mokigusari fall under this category or genre and there are at least 5 different variations on this page, each taking its own path. ABC poem, a subgenre of the Alphabet Poem is sometimes used as a word game for children in which the child is asked to think up words in alphabetical order and write a poem using those words as the first word of each line. It is an Abecedarius without
  13. Explore the Craft of Writing Light Verse Double Dactyl is nonsense verse in dactylic meter which helps the silliness along. It was created by 20th century American poet Anthony Hecht and the opening line of each poem in this verse form is often Higgledy Piggledy or a silly equivalent. The elements of the Double Dactyl are: stanzaic, framed in 2 quatrains. metered, L1-L3 written in dactylic dimeter (Suu/Suu), L4 is a trochee followed by an iamb. (Su/uS) rhymed xxxa xxxa x being unrhymed. composed with L1 is the words, Higgledy Piggledy (or silly metric equivalent) a
  14. Tinker

    Rhyming Recipe

    Explore the Craft of Writing Light Verse A Rhyming Recipe, is exactly what the name implies, a culinary recipe in rhymed verse. This verse form was common in the 19th and 20th centuries and used as an easy way to remember recipes. It was also used in greeting cards or gift cards as a poetic way to share a recipe. Although this verse is sometimes referred to as a Recipe Poem, it is not the same form as the Recipe Poem which is a classroom exercise in using the parts of speech. The elements of the Rhyming Recipe are: written in any verse form at the discretion of the poet.
  15. Tinker

    A Definition Poem

    Explore the Craft of Writing Light Verse A Definition Poem is used in classrooms and workshops as a creative writing exercise. It begins with the statement "A (noun) is ", followed by descriptions of the noun in metaphor or imagery. The frame is at the discretion of the poet although it is usually written in free verse. Tome by Judi Van Gorder Poetry is words in a line time in black on white, plum blossoms in winter snowflakes in July tears on a page magic
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    a la Bartholomew Griffin

    Explore the craft of writing poetry Light Verse a la Bartholomew Griffin is what some would call a poetic device, technique or tool. This technique is sometimes used as an exercise in repetitive end words in workshops and classrooms. Named for English poet Bartholomew Griffin (died 1602) from two of his 150 sonnets which were written with the end word repeated throughout the poem. This is considered Griffin's literary contribution to technical form. The device is usually used in light verse and does not necessarily adhere to the original sonnet structure used by Griffin. The elements
  17. Tinker

    Blind Rhyme or Hidden Rhyme

    Explore the Craft of Writing Light Verse Hidden Rhyme or Blind Rhyme is an exercise verse, sometimes used in poetry workshops and classrooms in which the end-word of each line rhymes internally early within the next line. The elements of the Hidden Rhyme, or Blind Rhyme are: suited to light verse. structured at the discretion of the poet. best when L1 sets a rhythm and the following lines maintain the same cadence. composed with the end-word of each line rhymed internally in the following line. often but not always, written with the first line rhyming w
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    The Triolet

    Explore the Craft of Writing Light Verse French Verse The Triolet The word Triolet didn't appear until 1486, but the verse form can be traced back 13th century France. It is a member of the Rondeau family as distinguished by the rentrement. (the use of the first line or phrase of the line as a refrain.) The Triolet fell in and out of favor with French poets until the 19th century when it became part of the promotion of Romance Fixed Forms by Theodore de Banville. He promoted the form as playful or satirical. One challenge of the form is in managing the intricate repetition of li
  19. Tinker

    Madsong Stanza

    Explore the Craft of Writing Light Verse Madsong Stanza is a stanzaic form one could have some fun with. It is lyrical poetry written by a madman or a fool or at least a poet in the mood. It is said to be a descendant of the Middle English, 13th century, anonymous, Cuckoo Song, which is the oldest song found in print. However, I am unsure why "they" say that, because the version of the Cuckoo Song I was able to find does not carry the same rhythm or rhyme scheme that is attributed to the Madsong Stanza. Maybe that is part of the madness. Traditionally the Madsong Stanza is written:
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    Explore the Craft of Writing Light Verse Clerihew is a type of epigram named for and invented by Edmund Clerihew Bentley (1875-1956) when he was a schoolboy; the very first Clerihew was written in science class when apparently his mind was wandering from the subject. The form quickly gained popularity among his fellow students but has later been utilized and published by such recognized poets W. H. Auden. The Clerihew mocks the famous and those in authority through a humorous perspective. It is often deliberately clumsy and could be put in the burlesque genre. The elements of the Cle
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    Explore the Craft of Writing Light Verse ABBA or Mirror Poem is a rhetorical device that makes use of rhyme in a condensed and unique manner. Although I am sure the device had been used long before, the use of the term ABBA or Mirror Poem was discovered in a book of poetry by the English educator and poet John Caffyn 1987. The elements of the ABBA are: a very short poem. A single strophe of 2, 3 or 4 lines. rhymed. The poem contains mirror rhyme in which the first and last syllables of the poem rhyme, as do the two center syllables. Rhyme scheme a…..b b ……a This reflectiv
  22. Tinker

    Occasional poetry

    Explore the Craft of Writing Light Verse Occasional poetry is verse written for an occasion such as a birthday, graduation, birth or any event really. It is normally considered Light Verse but it could loosely come under the genre of an ode. We usually associate an ode with lofty purpose and expect it to be long. Occasional poetry need not be so lofty nor need it be long, but the fact is, neither does the ode. (I am sure I am going against all of the poetry pundits, but this makes sense to me.) The purpose is near the same in that both are written in honor of a particular event or person.
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