12 thoughts on “POETIC FORMS

  1. I tried to email you at that address, but it didn 't work. You should be able to find my email on posts (? as administrator ?)I said: Walt that is a most generous offer. I should be delighted to receive your file. I greatly appreciate the work that you do for Poetic Bloomings, and the sharing aspect of the poetry community.

  2. My horror form is the ghazal, as seen on Margo Roby's Tuesday Tryout site recently. Complicated rhyme scheme, and meaning restrictions. I managed one stanza only.A sestina isn't about syllable counting! It's about juggling words into the right order, but is enormous fun to do! I wrote a rude one in which all of the end words were anagrams of each other. I won't inflict that one on you. But here's my sestina called "Love Story", loosely written in iambic pentameter, but there's no restruction to that metre.I started reading poetry to learn,re-awaken my old interest in words,and found a subject I have grown to love.The distillation of mere words into a poemhas aroused in me a passion which will shinefor ever in my life: a treasured gift.This unexpected blessing, this small giftis something that in future I will learnto handle like a lamp, somehow to shineits brightness on my wilful way with words,illuminate them to create a poemthat by chance someone will come to love.Greeting each new verse like a lover, playing with it. Thank God for this gift, this unrhymed effusion of a poemfar from perfect yet. But I am learningto choose, to blend, to manage all the wordsuntil the form that suits them starts to shinethrough the dross. The meaning has to shine,brought to life with skill and care and love.Meaning is a tool that hones the words,a talented, sharpened chisel; it is a gift -essential as a means of shaping. Learn to use it prudently to make a poem. My ambition is to write a poem,shrewdly polish words to make them shine.Metaphor, form and rhythm must be learned;strict rules used with skill and loveuntil the infant poem is a giftto move you, calm your fears with words.Gratefully offered, sublime recompense, wordsmust be melded, moulded and teased for a poemto emerge. Poems call for many kinds of gifts -assonance, metaphor, images, synonyms – shiningbrightly, all to be mixed in the cauldron of love. To emulate this pleasure: I will learn.With these words I pray that light will shineon poems shaped for you with love -my gift to you is all that I have learned.

  3. Viv, that is FABULOUS! I love to read a well-written sestina. As for WRITING in sestina? My mind doesn't work easily in that direction. I can't plan it in my head, and I have to keep looking back and forth between my writing and the form, to make sure I'm doing it correctly. I'm way too lazy for that. I wrote the following sonnet-praising, anti-sestina haiku for the April PAD Day 12 prompt: write a write a form poem, or an anti-form poem. ;)In view of her form,Sestina would look lovelyDressed in a sonnet

  4. P.S. There is an easy way to write a sestina. I've never tried it before, but I'm certain it would work beautifully: ask Walt to do it for me. 😉

  5. and even lovelierexpressed in seventeen syllablesof shining haiku(OK, 18 if you're nitpicking!)It's not easy but I had to write sestina, villanelle, sonnet and pantoum for one of my degree courses.My method with the sestina is to think of six likely words and write a first stanza, then to make a template in which I put the end words in place in each stanza and then just write the poem in the spaces. This one just flowed in my passion as a debutants poet, but sometimes the key words undergo a sea change before finally settling down.

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