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  1. Tinker


    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 Clerihew are: satirical poetry, an epigram. often metered, written in iambic dimeter, but can be expanded using the rhythm of normal speech. a single quatrain. a mocking epigram of someone (usually famous or in authority) The first line is the title and the name of a person whom the epigram will mock. the second line rhymes with the name of the subject. rhymed, rhyme scheme aabb. Sir Humphrey Davy Detested gravy He lived in the odium Of having discovered sodium. --- E Clerihew Bentley The King of Pop, his name is Michael, nose, chin and skin, he chose to recycle. Genius with drive from the Jackson Five, he's a Thriller, dancing on toes and singing jive. ~ ~ Judi Van Gorder Royal, Kate Middleton Stripped to catch some sun. Neglectful, she forgot to hide As her crown assets slipped outside - - - Frank Gibbard
  2. 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. a tetrastich. A complete poem in 4 lines. composed with a surprise last line and a touch of sadistic humor. rhymed. Rhyme scheme aabb or abab. light verse. often composed using Little Willie and his family as the brunt of the joke. Willie with a thirst for gore nailed his sister to the door Mother said with humor quaint "Careful, Willie, don't scratch the paint." -------------------- --anonymous The Colonel brought Willie fame, his contribution to the arts, but whenever I hear the name my thoughts turn to body parts. ------------ -- Judi Van Gorder More Little Willies Dead Lounge
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    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 spirited. short, one quatrain. syllabic 8-9-8-9 syllables per line, sometimes all lines are 8 syllables. rhymed abab. Here is the first Bagarthach verse in Lafferty's book, spoken during an argument between two aliens. "I'm turning livid in this bog, This wooly world that spooks and spites you. You'll find that picture's got a dog! I hope the blinking bugger bites you!" Consequently the alien to whom the verse is directed is found dead from a dog bite..... So be careful what you write.. (Yes, I actually bought and read the book for this research.)
  4. 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 1 noun. unmetered, the rhythm of every day speech. unrhymed. meant to instruct. --------Movies, ------- old, new enlighten, entertain, touch ----- Two please, ------- popcorn? ----- ----jvg 4-5-05 The Patina is an invented form very similar to the didactic cinquain, created by Pat Nelson at Writing.com. Rather than meter and rhyme the focus is on words, adjectives and nouns. The elements of the Patina are: stanzaic, written in any number of tercets. measured in words rather than metric feet or syllables. L1 two words an adjective and a noun. L2 two adjectives and a noun expanding the image in L1. These 3 words should be alliterated, begin with same letter. L3 four words that explain the meaning of the image or theme. unrhymed. titled. Balm Gentle waves Cradling, calming caress Comfort for my affliction Fervid sun Penetrating, purifying poultice Balm for my aching Foamy water Splashing, scintillating serenade Therapy to my soul Salty air Infusing, invigorating impetus Elixir for my spirit Sandy beach Spongy, squishy silt Remedy for my cares ~~ Pat Nelson December 29, 2012 Five O'clock ticking clock difficult, draining day time to go home ~~jvg
  5. Tinker

    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 finished event (preferably something done is 60 seconds). is best suited to light verse, likely humorous, whimsical or semi-serious. by Judi Van Gorder Heaven's Hues Above the hills. clouds floated by to prink the sky with heaven's mist. The angels kissed the pale wash of lavender, pink and slate. Light sinks below treetops, horizons' props. It plays the sunset's rhapsody in harmony with soft refrain to stay the rain. Mission For the Queen Quickly the tiny ants skitter pesky critters from afar just dots little black spots One staggers with weight of a crumb like a drunken bum it rights itself crawls down the shelf Mission stamped into DNA its life, the pay to feed the queen whom no one's seen. Timer Set on Pop A steady mechanical whir provocateur A snapping pop crackle won't stop Paper container explosion artful fusion Addicting bite crunchy delight Popping corn in the microwave the taste I crave the butter-rich kernels bewitch. Memorial Day
  6. Tinker

    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 virtutum augmentation. Whatever evidence of French or Latin influence, the form still epitomizes all things Irish to me, therefore I include it with the Irish verse forms. It was popularized in England by Edward Lear in 1846 as a result of his travels to Ireland in his Book of Nonsense. During this time Lear is also said to have written The Owl and the Pussy Cat for his daughter. The Limerick of today is whimsical, witty and often bawdy. I have read that some of the Limericks that have hung around the longest are down right raunchy. The simplicity and quick easy wit of the limerick quite possibly account for its ageless run of popularity. It is the only Irish stanza that is used exclusively for light verse. The elements of the Limerick are: a poem in 5 lines, a pentastich. metered verse written in anapestic patterns. L1, L2, and L5 are trimeter (3 metric feet) and L3 and L4 are dimeter (2 metric feet). (anapest = da da DUM or u-u-S = unstressed , unstressed, stressed syllables.) best used for witty, whimsical, bawdy themes, light verse. written with a rhyme scheme a,a,b,b,a. no title is used. is adaptable to variation. The 3rd and 4th dimeter lines are often indented. And because so many Limericks begin "There once was a ..." the first syllable of a line may be absent. Also, there may be an additional or subtracted syllable at the end or even in the middle of a line, if it can be read without breaking the rhythm. Sometimes the third and fourth lines are printed as a single line with internal rhyme. So a Limerick sounds like this: (da) da DUM da da DUM da da DUM, (da) (da) da DUM da da DUM da da DUM, (da) (da) da Dum da da DEE, (da) da DUM da da DEE, (da) da DUM da da DUM da da DUM (da) (da) in parenthasis is optional There was a young lady of Niger Who smiled as she rode on a Tiger; They came back from the ride With the lady inside, And the smile on the face of the Tiger. --- unknown The parrot was messy and loud; her master was doting and proud. But should master die, his wife won't deny, the bird will be wearing a shroud. ---Judi Van Gorder An Irishman came to my city. his manner was charming and witty. He courted a lass who had a large ass, and he praised her big butt --- in a ditty. ---Judi Van Gorder Cross Limerick is an American invented form, a variation of the Limerick found in Pathways of a Poet by Viola Berg. It adds a couple of lines to the Limerick verse form. The elements of the Cross Limerick are: a septet. (7 lines). metric, anapestic patterns. L1, L2, and L7 are trimeter (3 metric feet) and L3, L4, L5 and L6 are dimeter (2 metric feet). (anapest = da da DUM or u-u-S = unstressed , unstressed, stressed syllables.) rhymed, rhyme scheme aabcbca. best used for witty, whimsical, bawdy themes, light verse. untitled
  7. Tinker

    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 Rubliw are: a poem in 9 lines. metric, iambic pattern, L1 monometer, L2 dimeter, L3 trimeter, L4 tetrameter, L5 pentameter, L6 tetrameter, L7 trimeter, L8 dimeter and L9 monometer. mono-rhymed. I found the following in an Essay by Lewis Turco: Dear Lew All hail to you, Old formalist, who through Your Book of Forms inform the new If you can name this bloody form, please do, before it disappears from view, For you're the one man who Might manage to. Adieu. ---Richard Wilbur Rubliw For Richard Wilbur Dear Dick, It's quite a trick To name the form poetic You sent Sam Gwynn who, in the nick Of time, included it in his panegyric Celebrating my arthritic Remove from the academic, But rubliw's a quick Kick. ---Lewis Turco RUBLIW FOR DANA GIOIA Dear Dan- a, in the main, A rubliw is a skein Of monorhymes making a chain To this point that's formally a cinquain, But then the lines, like a train Losing cars, refrain And start to wane Again. ---Lewis Turco And that's how verse forms are born!
  9. 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 it isn't a palindrome. Be that as it may, there was only one requirement of the exercise, write a 'poem' that makes sense when read, line by line, from the bottom up as well as from the top down. There should be no fewer than 6 lines but there may be more. Meter and rhyme are at the discretion of the poet. This Palindrome reverses words Love flowing freely lifting spirits conquering fears dissolving boundaries entwining souls ~ Forever ~ souls entwining boundaries dissolving fears conquering spirits lifting freely flowing love ~~ Phyllis Wheeler This one simply reverses lines deified Tucked deep within a redwood grove unseen and hidden from the road a tranquil place to heal a heart a structure built for love of art a bi-plane tail juts from the front the nose of the plane protrudes out back the entrance harbors a relic's fate a rail from a bridge, the Golden Gate a home for statues in marble and brass haven for canvas, stone, and glass a private quirky gallery a secret place that few can see a private quirky gallery haven for canvas, stone, and glass. a home for statues in marble and brass, a rail from a bridge, the Golden Gate the entrance harbors a relic's fate the nose of the plane protrudes out back a bi-plane tail juts from the front a structure built for love of art a tranquil place to heal a heart unseen and hidden from the road tucked deep within a redwood grove ~~ Judi Van Gorder If you are wondering, I have a client whose home is in a redwood forest not far from my home. He has built a private art gallery on his property. His sense of humor was designed into the building when he chopped up an old junked bi-plane and had the nose attached to the building in the back and the tail attached to the front so that it looks like the plane flew through the building and got stuck. He also procured an 8-foot long section of iron railing from the original Golden Gate Bridge when the renovation was being done on the bridge and new railing installed. The relic has become the railing of the entryway of the building. I had just been given a "tour" of this strange and wonderful building when the challenge to write a palindromic poem was presented. I couldn't resist.
  10. 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 cow e i e i o. With a moo moo here and a moo moo there. Here a moo, there a moo, e i e i o0" pastoral, to go along with it's name, the poem should include an idylic country setting. The Mad Calf is just a baby Mad Cow, also invented by Delorange at Poetry Base, this verse form is a simpler shorter version of its parent. The elements of the Mad Calf are: a poem in 20 lines made up of 4 cinquains. syllabic, each line 6 syllables. rhyme, rhyme scheme abcde fghij klmno eieio. which in reality would be xxxxe xxxix xxxxo eieio, x being unrhymed. pastoral.
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    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 amateurish and clumsy and the footnote had no basis in fact. Hoax or not, the Paradelle has become a legitimate verse form that many poets have attempted since. Its word restrictions pretty much limit the poem to nonsense. The Red Hen Press even published an anthology of Paradelles in 2005. The elements of the Paradelle are: stanzaic, a poem in 4 sixains. meter and rhyme at the discretion of the poet, but the 1st 3 stanzas must be identical in form. written with repetition, L1 of each of the 1st 3 stanzas is repeated in L2 and L3 is repeated in L4. L5 and L6 are written using every word from L1-L4, no additions, no subtractions. the 4th stanza is composed of every word used in the preceding 3 stanzas with no additions, no substractions. Paradelle for Susan with footnote by Billy Collins I remember the quick, nervous bird of your love. I remember the quick, nervous bird of your love. Always perched on the thinnest, highest branch. Always perched on the thinnest, highest branch. Thinnest love, remember the quick branch. Always nervous, I perched on your highest bird the.— It is time for me to cross the mountain. It is time for me to cross the mountain. And find another shore to darken with my pain. And find another shore to darken with my pain. Another pain for me to darken the mountain. And find the time, cross my shore, to with it is to.— The weather warm, the handwriting familiar. The weather warm, the handwriting familiar. Your letter flies from my hand into the waters below. Your letter flies from my hand into the waters below. The familiar waters below my warm hand. Into handwriting your weather flies you letter the from the.— I always cross the highest letter, the thinnest bird. Below the waters of my warm familiar pain, Another hand to remember your handwriting. The weather perched for me on the shore. Quick, your nervous branch flew from love. Darken the mountain, time and find was my into it was with to to. "The paradelle is one of the more demanding French verse forms, first appearing in the langue d'oc love poetry of the eleventh century.It is a poem of four six-line stanzas in which the first and second lines, as well as the third and fourth lines of the first three stanzas, must be identical. The fifth and sixth lines, which traditionally resolve these stanzas, must use all the words from the preceding lines and only those words. Similarly, the final stanza must use every word from all the preceding stanzas and only these words" Paradelle For Geoff by Zoe Fitzgerald What could possibly change the way you feel? What could possibly change the way you feel? I detest the moments when we are apart. I detest the moments when we are apart. We could feel the moments when change are possibly What I detest? The way you apart.-- The shallow graves of our crowded past The shallow graves of our crowded past Filled to overflowing with regrets we buried Filled to overflowing with regrets we buried Our crowded past with overflowing regrets To the graves we buried, filled of the shallow. I still feel your breath on my neck warm I still feel your breath on my neck warm Life continue as long as that is true. Life continue as long as that is true. As long as life is true your warm breath Continue on my neck I still feel that.-- We are the shallow life I detest. The moments Change with your overflowing graves, buried With regrets on my breath, when apart. We, filled. To what way could our crowded, Warm, possibly long past still continue as true? That is of the you I still feel. Feel?
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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 the rhymes be frequent but not forced. Let them be rigorously exact to the ear. Be as witty as you like. Be serious by accident. Be pathetic with the greatest discretion. Never ask if the writer of these rules has observed them himself." Her Letter by Francis Bret Harte (1836-1902) I'm sitting alone by the fire, Dressed just as I came from the dance, In a robe even you would admire, --- It cost a cool thousand in France; I'm bediamonded out of all reason, My hair is done up in a cue: In short, sir, "the belle of the season" Is wasting an hour on you. A dozen engagements I've broken; I left in the midst of a set; Likewise a proposal, half spoken, That waits --- on the stairs --- for me yet. They say he'll be rich --- when he grows up, --- And then he adores me indeed. And you, sir, are turning your nose up, Three thousand miles off, as you read. "And how do I like my position?" "And what do I think of New York?" "And now, in my higher ambition, With whom do I waltz, flirt, or talk?" "And isn't it nice to have riches, And diamonds and silks, and all that?" "And aren't it a change to the ditches And tunnels of Poverty Flat?" Well yes, --- if you saw us out driving Each day in the park, four-in-hand; If you saw poor dear mamma contriving To look supernaturally grand, --- If you saw papa's picture, as taken By Brady, and tinted at that, --- You'd never suspect he sold bacon And flour at Poverty Flat. And yet, just this moment, when sitting In the glare of the grand chandelier, In the bustle and glitter befitting The "finest soiree of the year," --- In the mists of a gaze de chambéry And the hum of the smallest of talk, --- Somehow, Joe, I thought of "The Ferry," And the dance that we had on "The Fork"; Of Harrison's barn, with its muster Of flags festooned over the wall; Of the candles that shed their soft luster And tallow on head-dress and shawl; Of the steps that we took to one fiddle; Of the dress of my queer vis-à-vis; And how I once went down the middle With the man that shot Sandy McGee; Of the moon that was quietly sleeping On the hill, when the time came to go; Of the few baby peaks that were peeping From under their bed-clothes of snow; Of that ride, --- that to me was the rarest; Of --- the something you said at the gate: Ah, Joe, then I wasn't an heiress To "the best-paying lead in the state." Well, well, it's all past; yet it's funny To think, as I stood in the glare Of fashion and beauty and money, That I should be thinking, right there, Of some one who breasted highwater, And swam the North Fork, and all that, Just to dance with old Folinsbee's daughter, The Lily of Poverty Flat. But goodness! what nonsense I'm writing ( Mamma says my taste still is low, ) Instead of my triumphs reciting, I'm spooning on Joseph, --- heigh-ho! And I'm to be "finished" by travel, Whatever's the meaning of that, --- O, why did papa strike pay gravel In drifting on Poverty Flat? Good-night, --- here's the end of my paper; Good-night, --- if the longitude please, --- For maybe, while wasting my taper, Your sun's climbing over the trees. But know, if you haven't got riches, And are poor, dearest Joe, and all that, That my heart's somewhere there in the ditches, And you've struck it, --- on Poverty Flat. a la Bartholomew Griffin ABBA Verse Alphabet Poem Bagarthach Verse Blind Rhyme Clerihew Definition Poem Didactic Cinquain or Recipe Poem Double Dactyl and the Mc Whirtle Limerick and Cross Limerick Little Willies Mad Calf Mad Cow Madsong Stanza Minute Poem Occasional Verse Rhyming Recipe Rubliw Triolet Tuanortsa or Palindrome
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    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 the history or the spiritual character. Each line of the poem begins with a sequential letter of the alphabet. Balancing Act by Judi Van Gorder An acrobatic bird with a blue crown crossed over and down the daunting extended façade gripping the grate with half-hearted indolence. Twenty six letters, twenty six words, a-z or z-a, is a variation of the Alphabet poem using one word for every letter in the alphabet not necessarily beginning a different line for each word. A Brief Cast by Judi Van Gorder A blue crane danced energetically for glory, holding imaginary jewels, keeping lithe movements noticeably osculating, posturing quickly round submerged tule until vultures wallop xiphoid yams. Zap! Single letter selection is a variation which is focused on only one letter of the alphabet. The appearance and shape of the letter selected inspires images that the poet explores. who are you, little i by e.e. cummings (1894-1962) the letter i reminds cummings of a child's head (five or six years old) peering from so high window at the gold of november sunset and feeling: that if day has to become night this is a beautiful way Alliterated alphabet poem, this variation is written with almost every word within the line beginning with the same letter of the alphabet. Tail Wagging by Judi Van Gorder Telling two trollops to take time to testify. Unrelenting umpires usually understand Vesting vapid vulgarities Without woefully worrying wanton women . Monster by Judi Van Gorder after seeing the movie. Abused, abased, abandoned, betrayed, bested, bludgeoned, challenged child carelessly careens down destructive, declivitous direction. Endurance elicits escape, frantic for friends, fun, freedom, grants gawking gazes, gratuitous groping. Hopeless hate heralds inappropriate icons. Jockeying Johns kindles killings. Longing lands lesbian lover. Murderous muggings multiply, needs negotiated naughtily, object of obscene obscurity. Partner’s panic propagates questionable quest. Rage ratifies random rampage, suicidal survival scourges! Tempest tethered, tried, used, unfit, unremorseful; vacuous validity voids villain. Wasted woman eXecuted! yesterday, zero. . . . . Alphabet Characters, another variation in which each letter of the alphabet becomes a character and the line representing the character uses a word beginning with the letter as the subject. Similar to the Alphabestiary in which each letter of the alphabet is described as an animal. Alphabet by Edward Lear(1812-1888) A tumbled down, and hurt his Arm, against a bit of wood. B said, "My Boy, O! do not cry' it cannot do you good!" C said, "A Cup of Coffee hot can't do you any harm." D said, "A Doctor should be fetched, and he would cure the arm." E said, "An Egg beat up in milk would quickly make him well." F said, "A Fish, if broiled, might cure, if only by the smell." G said, "Green Gooseberry fool, the best of cures I hold." H said, "His Hat should be kept on, keep him from the cold." I said, "Some Ice upon his head will make him better soon." J said, "Some Jam, if spread on bread, or given in a spoon." K said, "A Kangaroo is here,---this picture let him see." L said, "A Lamp pray keep alight, to make some barley tea." M said, "A Mulberry or two might give him satisfaction." N said, "Some Nuts, if rolled about, might be a slight attraction." O said, "An Owl might make him laugh, if only it would wink." P said, "Some Poetry might be read aloud, to make him think." Q said, "A Quince I recommend,---A Quince, or else a Quail." R said, "Some Rats might make him move, if fastened by their tail." S said, "A Song should now be sung, in hopes to make him laugh!" T said, "A Turnip might avail, if sliced or cut in half." U said, "An Urn, with water hot, place underneath his chin!" V said, "I'll stand upon a chair, and play a Violin!" W said, "Some Whiskey-Whizzgigs fetch, some marbles and a ball !" X said, "Some double XX ale would be the best of all!" Y said, "Some Yeast mised up with salt would make a perfect plaster!" Z said, "Here is a box of Zinc! Get in my little master! ----- We'll shut you up! We'll nail you down! ----- We will, my little master! ----- We think we've all heard quite enough of this sad disaster!"
  14. 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) and L2 is a name, from there on you are on your own. (at least 1 dactyl in the name should be attempted, 2 is great but not everyone has a name like Emily Dickinson. appropriate for light verse, the poem should be humorous not tumorous . Scrumptuous lumptuous by Judi Van Gorder Albertson's Groceries, beverages, pharmacy steak and prime rib, Munchable, lunchable always fresh vegetables, pineapple, passion fruit, must wear a bib! Some examples can be found at Everything 2 A Mc Whirtle is a Double Dactyl without the words Higgledy Piggledy. It is also allows a looser frame. This verse form is a 20th century American creation by Bruce Newling. The elements of the Mc Whirtle are: stanzaic, written in 2 quatrains but if an extra line slips in who cares. metric, L1-L3 are dactylic dimeter (Suu/Suu), most of the time. Usually L4 is a trochee followed by an iamb (Su/uS) but not always. An extra unstressed syllable is often added to the beginning of the first line of each stanza. rhymed, xxxa xxxa, x being unrhymed or additional rhyme may be added at the poet's discretion. written with a name in L1. (and if it doesn't fit the double dactyl meter, so be it.) appropriate for light verse.
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    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. rhymed, usually in rhyming couplets but the poet can develop any rhyme scheme. describes the steps in preparing a culinary dish. Note: Although this is called a Rhyming Recipe, there are Recipe poems written in other verse forms that do not require rhyme. The only constant is that you share a culinary recipe in verse. Heavenly Hamburger by Judi Van Gorder Place one pound lean ground meat with diced whole onion on medium heat. Sauté these lightly in a tall pan next add diced tomatoes from large can. Add canned corn or lima beans, uncooked egg noodles by all means. For 15 minutes cover pot to stew, so not to stick, stir the brew. Pepper and salt to taste, this is a dish that won't go to waste. Last, melt in shredded cheddar cheese. This hearty meal is sure to please. Salad Dressing by Sydney Smith
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    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 It's In the Refrigerator by Judi Van Gorder NBA basketball is an athlete's ballet. Graceful giants twist and leap to the thrum of We will, We will, Rock You!. It is driving to the hole, weaving through tall trees at full speed for the layup or roundball rodeo, a sphere arcs from half court to swish through an 18-inch ring 10 feet off the ground. It is D-E-F-E-N-S-E, take the charge, protect the paint, hand in the face pick, block, steal, big bodies bar the way. A lifetime in 24 seconds. Score or hit the rim, rebound or turn the ball over all in just about the same time it takes to read these words. NBA basketball is a whole list of Chickisms*. "nothing but net", "it's in the refrigerator, butter's gettin hard and the jello's jigglin'", "the mustard's off the hot dog", "he got caught with his hand in the cookie jar" and "Slam Dunk!" Adrenaline on a hardwood court, my winter retreat. *Chickisms, basketball terms used by most basketball commentators today, attributed to the late Chick Hearn 1916-2002, the voice of the LA Lakers.
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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 of the a la Bartholomew Griffin are: light verse. short. A poem written in 14 lines or less. metered or not at the discretion of the poet. written repeating the same end word throughout the poem. SONNET 23. (published 1596) by Bartholomew Griffin Fly to her heart ! Hover about her heart ! With dainty kisses mollify her heart ! Pierce with thy arrows her obdurate heart ! With sweet allurements ever move her heart ! At midday and at midnight, touch her heart ! Be lurking closely, nestle about her heart ! With power (thou art a god !) command her heart ! Kindle thy coals of love about her heart ! Yea, even into thyself, transform her heart ! Ah, she must love ! Be sure thou have her heart ! And I must die, if thou have not her heart ! Thy bed, (if thou rest well) must be her heart ! He hath the best part sure, that hath her heart, What have I not ? if I have but her heart ! Write On by Judi Van Gorder I ask, is this right? I thought the right way of it was truly right in front of me. Right next to the selected, right book of verse at the right hand of my desk. Write? That word 's not right.
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    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 with the last line. Battle Ground Judi Van Gorder That darn gopher has got to go! I know he is God's creation, but damnation, he is a pest at best who burrows under ground and is bound and determined to eat the sweet and tender roots of my garden. I harden my heart, I'll deliver the blow! ~~The Enemy~~
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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 lines so that it seems natural. The repeated line may vary in meaning to shift the emphasis of the poem. "The fifth and sixth lines both support the refrain and resist it. The support coming from re-establishing some formal stability after the irregularities of the third and fourth lines; and resist it by allowing a temporary release from its apparent stranglehold, usually accompanied by an expansion of the subject matter." The New Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics. The elements of the Triolet are: an octa-stich, a poem in 8 lines. in English, most often written with variable line length and meter at the discretion of the poet. Originally in French, the lines were octasyllabic which would create an 8 by 8 effect. composed with a refrain created when L1 is repeated as L4 and L7. There is also repetition of L2 in L8 . rhymed, with only 2 rhymes with the rhyme scheme ABaAabAB. most often playful or satirical, appropriate for light verse or occasional verse. Easy is the triolet, If you really learn to make it! Once a neat refrain you get, Easy is the triolet. As you see! I pay my debt With another rhyme. Deuce take it, Easy is the triolet, If you really learn to make it! --- Ernest Henley; British Poet (1849-1903) Cat Tale by Judi Van Gorder The kitty flips her fluffy tail displaying inborn-regal grace, her half closed eyes create a veil. The princess flips her fluffy tail, aloof and pampered tips the scale. With feigned disinterest on her face, the kitty flips her fluffy tail, she moves with orchestrated grace.
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    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: stanzaic, written in any number of cinquains. accentual, folk meter. L1, L2 and L5 carry 3 stresses, often ending in an unstressed syllable and L3, L4 carry 2 stresses. The rhythm is similar to the Limerick but with fewer unstressed syllables. rhymed, rhyme scheme xabba xcddc etc, x being unrhymed. Near rhyme is OK and alliteration and consonance encouraged throughout. The Cuckoo Song by anonymous 13th century Sumer is ycomen in, Loude sing cuckoo! Groweth seed and bloweth meed. And springth the wode now. Sing cuckoo! Ewe bleteth after lamb, Loweth after calve cow, Bullock sterteth, bucke, verteth, Merye sing, cuckoo! Cuckou, cuckoo Wel singest thou cuckoo; Ne swik thou never now! Silly Rabbit by Judi Van Gorder Today I stroked a hare and felt his furry coat so silky soft and then he coughed and ran off with a goat. I know I saw a toad he hopped into my bed with slimey skin he jumped right in and made me bump my head. I smelled a cow just now. How did she get in here? with cloven hooves and bellowed moo's she stopped by for a beer. I think I heard that rabbit, his loppy ears so long, with twitching nose and wiggle toes and singing a silly song. I made a savory stew though won't make it a habit with lots of spice it turned out nice I ate that silly rabbit.
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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 reflective rhyme can be extended further, a…..b….c c ….b…..a or a….bc…d d ….cb ….a untitled. Child at play, day beguiled. --- jvg Kick in the door, bite, fight, war a stick. --- jvg
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    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. Occasional poetry may be written in any structural pattern including some of the Ode patterns. Here is an example of Occasional Poetry that could also be called a Genethliacum Ode, a poem written in honor of the birth of a child.(Twins to be precise) Twins! by Judi Van Gorder Tiny fingers, tiny toes angel face with button nose. First came Charlotte, fairy bright, next Samantha, petite delight. Little girls who look the same claiming hearts will be their game, kept safe and loved when cared for by big brother Ben. Tiny fingers, tiny toes babies, Mom and Daddy chose.
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