GRANADA CAMP FOR WAYWARD POETS – EXPLORATION: FEATURED FORM – BOP
July 2nd – You have some free time before the next group activities. Your counselor is clueless, so you slip away to explore the campgrounds and the surrounding area. What did you discover? Using the Bop Poetic Form, write your poem.
STAYING ON THE TRAIL
The Bop is a poetic form that was developed by poet Afaa Michael Weaver at a Cave Canem summer retreat.
Here are the basic rules:
1. 3 stanzas
2. Each stanza is followed by a refrain
3. First stanza is 6 lines long and presents a subject
4. Second stanza is 8 lines long and explores or expands the subject or problem
5. Third stanza is 6 lines long and either presents a solution or documents the failed attempt to resolve the problem