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  1. Love says, “No one meshes souls as I; Without me there are just loose strands—so love Me first,” she presses, eyeing me and you. I lay myself then on her lap of love, Even as I’m stretching toward you; I Soon find myself, perforce, abreast with you. Next, you wrap around me, sidelining Love; Yet in so clasping me, it happens you Alight upon her right, just as had I. Let nothing come between my Love and you— Not even I; she knots us closer! Love Shows up the symmetry of you and I, And yet I’m drawn to her, a
  2. [CA] Today I know that life is but a dream, For how else could a moment ages past Arise now on the surface of this stream Of being, sliding freely in its churn? Before, rash memories swirled up, eddying fast Against the current’s flow; now hours return To present tense unrippling, it would seem. Yet fiction glints off this which I might deem Pure fact. Forthwith, it blurs and slides away With shoreline forests slipping past the hull Of this stern oarsman’s boat, soon turning dull.
  3. A. Baez


    [CA] I saw the fault lines in our common ground, But wavered—loath to estimate the force And timing of the tremors they foretold; Why test this fragile paradise we’d found, Perhaps provoking nature’s wildest course— Or dig for rifts when random knolls gleam gold? I never yet have walked a tract of earth Without a flaw: some harbor muck below That muddles building; some hide barren soil Plowed far too long to nurture crops of worth; And some lie cold, inhumed beneath the snow. Small faults should make no solid heart recoil, But you would probe our playg
  4. Explore the Craft of Writing Poetry English Verse It's about the rhythm. The following metric lines all seem to be attempts at deformalizing the line. Skeltonic Verse which today is sometimes also referred to as Tumbling Verse, is thought by some to have its roots in Anglo Saxon prosody. Both terms refer to short lines of irregular dipodic meter with tumbling rhyme created in the 15th century by English poet John Skelton (1460-1529). It is a subgenre of Georgic, didactic verse, the verse usually being instructional in nature. The short clipped lines create a fast paced energy which
  5. Tinker

    Iambic Eclipse

    Iambic Eclipse I had a tetrameter dream with neat iambic pattern flow. I rose to write the rhythm down, the beat would come and it would go No special day do I relate, the sun's eclipse was blocked by fog, the day was gray. I had to watch the big event in photo log. ~~Judi Van Gorder The prompt: Write about a special event in iambic meter.
  6. One of our regular members, whose work has always been novel and a pleasure to read, has of late been producing some sonnets. Backchannel, Eclipse asks (re his recent "sonnet for Newcastle (practice)," "hi Tony does the meter scan in that sonnet?-Barry." Reproduced below is the text of my reply to him which he has graciously allowed me to share so that others also may (hopefully) benefit from the analysis. Eclipse wrote this sonnet in an hour. It usually takes me a lot longer than that to even formulate an idea (or ideas) for shorter poems. Then again, I'm pretty slow, lol.
  7. I submit five poems of Edgar Bowers for examination: THE ASTRONOMERS OF MONT BLANC EDGAR BOWERS (four more) These poems are all written in flawless iambic pentameter that is mostly strict (meaning, in addition to other accepted substitutions, they contain only the occasional anapest). Read each one out loud, but do not try to read them according to some preconceived notion of what iambic pentameter is or should be. Rather, read them naturally and trust that the meter is there. Notice how the musicality varies in each of the poems, how the language speeds up and slows down at various
  8. tonyv

    Iambic Pentameter

    The most common metric line in English poetry is iambic pentameter. A poem written in pure iambic pentameter (da Dum da Dum da Dum da Dum da Dum) can create a sing songy effect yet a skilled writer can deliver the metric pattern without the poem sounding like a nursery rhyme. Here are some guidelines for composing iambic pentameters. The guidelines are generally accepted standards that I try to follow. Many people have the misconception that a line of iambic pentameter must contain exactly five iambs. While five iambs in a row certainly does make an iambic pentameter, iambic pentameters
  9. Tinker

    Urjuza or Urjuzah

    Explore the Craft of Writing Arabic Verse Urjuza is Arabic- Didactic verse using rajaz meter. The verse focuses more on the details of content leaving the poem "devoid of stylistic elegance and poetic beauty". I found this form at Vol Central. The elements of the Urjuza are: stanzaic, written in any number of couplets. metric, written in rajaz meter monorhymed or written in rhymed couplets. either aa aa aa etc or aa bb cc dd etc informative or instructional. *Encyclopedia of Arabic Literature Volume 2 page 646 Arabic Poetic Genres and Forms
  10. Tinker


    Explore the Craft of Writing American Poetry Rap is verse set to a beat and is usually written in musical bars even though the verse is spoken or chanted rather than sung to a melody. Some believe the term "rap" refers to "rapid rhyme" and Rap competitions encourage off the cuff, spontaneous composition. The rapid fire of words is a distinct element of the genre. Rap in the dictionary means "to hit" and that is exactly what Rap does, it hits the beat. Originating in the African American community, associated with hip-hop and a "gangsta" life style, it is the fastest growing, most popular
  11. I recently contacted an expert on meter at a well-known internet poetry workshop with a few questions that I had. He answered my questions and recommended that I get a book which is unquestionably the best work on the subject of meter available today. In other words, it's a contemporary standard. The book is by Timothy Steele, a professor of English at California State University in Los Angeles, and it's called "All the Fun's in How You Say a Thing -- an Explanation of Meter and Versification." (Ohio University Press, Athens, Ohio, 1999) None of my local Borders or Barnes and Noble stores
  12. Tinker

    Best Left Behind

    Another experiment in meter... 12 lines of dactylic tetrameter... I cheated just a little. Best Left Behind Writing a story of love and its turbulent properties, takes me back farther than I'd like to go. It's true time has a way of distorting perspective and changing an incident totally void of propriety to an event of which some deem acceptable. You may have thought that this tome might be succulent bringing out secrets too juicy to verbalize, but--- telling embarrassing long buried, happenings only suffices to dredge up what's best left be- hind. With forgiv
  13. Explore the Craft of Writing Poetry Measuring the line Meter is the rhythmic measure of a line of verse. The emphasis being on the word measure. "Meter is so not rhythm, because rhythm is way beyond and above meter. (Metric) scansion is merely a way to begin to reveal just how the pleasing effect of sounds in speech is augmented by stress patterns.” Ikars Sarma “Think of meter as an underlying beat, a poem's regular beat, like the beat in a piece of music. Think of the variations (the substituted feet, choice of syntax, rhyme, etc.) as the music superimposed over that beat. The meter
  14. Tinker

    Anapestic tetrameter

    Explore the Craft of Writing Greek Verse Anapestic tetrameter is a metric line of verse used most often for light verse or comic effect. Dr Suess is a master in the use of anapestic tetrameter. But it is not confined to light verse; it can be used in more serious work such as in Lord Byron's Don Juan. It is another meter originating in ancient GreeK Verse. As it name implies, it is a line of 4 sequential anapests. quantitative short/short/LONG = ssL/ssL/ssl/ssL or accentual syllabic unstessed unstressed STRESSED = uuS/uuS/uuS/uuS The anapest, sometimes called a reverse dactyl, it is
  15. Explore the Craft of Writing Greek Verse Alcmanic verse is a metric line of dactylic tetrameter. It was named for the ancient Greek poet Alcman and was commonly used in early Greek verse. Quantitative verse Lss / Lss / Lss / Lss in English, accentual syllabic Suu / Suu / Suu / Suu Beatles' lyric from Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds Pict ure your / self in a / boat on a / riv er with tang er ine / tree ees and / mar mal ade / skis ii es The Alcmanian strophe can be found in some of Horace's work. This stanza form takes its name
  16. Tinker


    Explore the Craft of Writing Greek Verse Alcaics "gives an impression of wonderful vigour and spontaneity". The 1911 Edition Encyclopedia. The stanzaic form is attributed to the poet Alceaus 6th century BC and is an Aeolic classic meter. The elements of the Alcaics stanzaic form are: stanzaic, any number of quatrains may be written. metric, quantitative verse. The first 3 lines are 5 metric feet and the last line, 4 metric feet with a specific combination of trochees and dactyls. There are variations on the rhythm of the Alcaics quatrain but the following (one source refers
  17. Tinker

    Choriambics Line

    Explore the Craft of Writing Greek Verse, the beginnings. Choriambics line is an unrhymed, 16 syllable line consisting of 2 trochees, iamb, trochee, iamb, trochee and 2 iambs in that order. Or you could say it was made up of a trochee, 3 choriambs and an iamb. Quantitative Verse Ls-Ls-sL-Ls-sL-Ls-sL-sL Ls-LssL-LssL-LssL-sL Children playing with dolls, girls being girls, getting prepared for life. Choriambics by Rupert Brooke Here the flame that was ash, shrine that was void, lost in the haunted wood, I have tended and loved, year upon year, I in the solitude Waiting
  18. Explore the Craft of Writing Greek Verse, the beginnings. Elegiac Couplet used by Homer is made up of Classical Hexameter line followed by a Classical Pentameter line. Although the Greeks sometimes used the couplet in epic poetry, the Romans commonly used the couplet in love poetry. It was said that Cupid stole a metric foot from the 2nd line and the couplet became known as the "meter of love". The Elegiac Couplet is a complete couplet, a contained thought within the two lines. The couplet can stand alone or can be written in a series of verse. The two immortals stepped briskly
  19. Tinker


    Explore the Craft of Writing Greek Verse, the beginnings. Paeon is a metric foot with one 1 long or stressed syllable and 3 short or unstressed syllables in any order. The metric foot "paeon" can be easily confused with "paean" which is an ode praising a person's life. Accentual Syllabic - Suuu or uSuu or uuSu or uuuS ---- Quantitative - Lsss or sLss or ssLs or sssL Heaven by Judi Van Gorder Emphasizing emeritus implications of Elysees.
  20. Explore the Craft of Writing Greek Verse, the beginnings. The Sapphic Stanza is classic Aeolic verse and attributed to the poetess Sappho 6 BC, Greece. Plato so admired her that he spoke of her not as lyricist or poet but called her the 10th Muse. Her poems spoke of relationships and were marked by emotion. In a male dominated era she schooled and mentored women artists on the island of Lesbos and her writing has often been equated with woman-love. "Rather than addressing the gods or recounting epic narratives such as those of Homer, Sappho's verses speak from one individual to another."
  21. Tinker


    I found a site that has free poetry classes that gives quality one on one instruction in subjects such as meter, rhyme, syllabic verse, haiku and the use of refrains and figurative language. I am trying it out by taking the beginning classes in Meter and Refrains and now have added the beginning haiku class. It moves at your pace and although it begins with basics it never hurts to review if you are already accomplished in those subjects or if you are like me, I always start at the beginning and I always learn something new. There are also advanced courses in some of the subjects. I have gotte
  22. Explore the Craft of Writing Poetry English Verse Dipodic Quatrain is a quatrain written in podic or folk meter with 2 stressed syllables per line. Podic Verse or folk meter is a measure of verse simply based on the number of heavily stressed syllables in a rhymed line. The number of unstressed syllables are not considered. It is a hold over from Alliterative verse of the Anglo Saxons but instead of the irregular strophic verse, stanzas and rhyme are employed, something learned from the Normans. The elements of the Dipodic Quatrain are: stanzaic, written in any number of q
  23. Tinker

    Christabel Meter

    Explore the Craft of Writing Poetry English Verse Christabel Meter is named for the famous poem Christabel by English poet, Samuel Taylor Coleridge written in 2 parts, Part I in 1797 and Part II in 1800. Three more parts were planned but the poem was never finished. In a time when iambic meter was the standard for English poetry, Coleridge was said to have stepped out of the box and threw in a slightly more interesting rhythm. Some say the poem Christabel was written in iambic tetrameter with some anapests thrown in, but Coleridge wrote in his preface that he was writing the poem in
  24. Explore the Craft of Writing Arabic Verse The sher is a "complete couplet". In Urdu the sher is a poem in itself and when the two lines are a lone composition not surrounded by other shers, it is called a Fard. When surrounded by other couplets it is a unit of the qasida or more importantly the ghazal, it is called a sher. Each sher should be able to stand alone including a volta or turn between the L1 and L2. L2 should bring a twist or surprise as a response or expansion of L1. The sher should require no other lines around it to be complete. The lines should be of equal length. A Qa
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