Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Styles of Poetry
Poety has always held a soft spot in my heart. Here some forms of poetry that I enjoy. Do you write poetry? Do you find this helpful? Let me know. Next week, I'll have another post about some more forms of poetry that I enjoy.
This is a popular style where the first letter of each line spells a word, usually using the title. Acrostics are easy to compose and the poem should "tie in" with the title.
A Diamante poem is a 7 line poem set up in a diamond shape.
Line 1: a noun/subject
Line 2: 2 adjectives describing line 1
Line 3: 3 "ing" words related to line 1
Line 4: use 2 words to describe the noun then 2 words to describe the antonym or synoym in line 7 (if there is an antonym used in line 7, the shift occurs here)
Line 5: 3 "ing" words related to line 7
Line 6: use 2 adjectives descibing line 7
Line 7: the 1st word's antonym or synonym.
THE FLIGHT OF LIGHT
dazzling, heartstopping, pulse-pounding
vibrant, awake, asleep, opaque
daring, biting, grasping
An ode is a poem praising a person, place, or thing. Generally, there are no rules or rythme schemes to follow.
Foreign Country, Foreign Land
Foreign Language, Foreign customs,
I want to learn all I can.
There is a small town by the water,
Steep hills overlook the Rhein River
And the colors of Autumn blossom on the leaves.
A custom from old comes to town
Every Autumn, Every year,
A walk is offered, for fun, for cheer…
Maria and I, though foreign we are,
Start the march as evening falls,
Accompanied by friends, we begin at the start…
Our walk brings us to a castle,
I light my torch, Maria has some tea…
Our friends partake of the local food and beer.
By the river we walk, our friends full of excitement…
Another stamp, another beer, another torch, another path…
A barge comes by, glistening in the night.
I know for weeks to come, Maria and I will talk
Of this time and place and our beloved Torchwalk.