It’s day six of the WordPress ten day poetry challenge and my creative enthusiasm is beginning to ebb. Today’s challenge is ‘enjambment’ which (as per the WordPress defintion is
Enjambment is all about the arrangement of words on the screen (or page, as the case may be), and how that arrangement affects the pace of our reading. The term may sound like a mouthful. But what it describes is a really simple phenomenon: when a grammatical sentence stretches from one line of verse to the next.
I have also included some extra spacing to add a breath pause to give the reader time to reflect. Unfortunately, I am unable to illustrate this properly due to formatting limitations.
Hope it works!
wriggle through the ears
into the mind
inside the head
Their teeth gnawing,
gnawing at dignity
The rotting flesh
chewed to the bone of sanity
venom spews from slack mouth
The stench of betrayal
too much to bear.
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It’s day five of the WordPress ‘Ten Day Poetry Challenge’ and I am on a roll. Well, not quite. For today’s challenge we were asked to write a Limerick but after several stressful hours of tapping out the rhythm I almost conceded defeat. The Limerick is a far tougher form than it first appeared.
This poet is struggling to write
A poem that’s not too contrite
The Limerick is tough
to write off the cuff
The prompt kept me up half the night.
Not only do you need to adhere to a set rhyme pattern of A-A-B-B-A there is also a quirky rhythm
L1 da DUM da da DUM da da DUM
L 2 da DUM da da DUM da da DUM
L3 da DUM da da DUM
L4 da DUM da da DUM
L5 da DUM da da DUM da da DUM
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Day four in the WP Ten Day Poetry Challenge and we are tasked to write a poem which include similes. Always up for a challenge I dedicated this nonsense poem to the humble simile.
Why is poetry so exclusive?
It’s meaning to Joe Bloggs, elusive,
like a crossword of cryptic clues.
A jigsaw puzzle in shades of blues
like the sky on a cloudless day.
The simile shows us the way
like a random signpost in a maze
for readers left bemused and in a daze
as they clutch at metaphor straws–
the meaning, hidden behind layered doors.
Oh simile you have such style.
Please, my friend, PLEASE dally awhile
so Joe Bloggs can enjoy the verse.
And poets, please try not to be too diverse.
We are mere mortals don’t you know;
sometimes ‘tell’ is as good as ‘show’.
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Day three in the WP Ten Day Poetry Challenge and we are tasked to write an acrostic poem.
Often opaque in delivery
Tormenting – testing – teasing
Yet, sublimely addictive.
According to the young writers poetry website
An acrostic poem is a type of poetry where the first, last or other letters in a line spell out a particular word or phrase. The most common and simple form of an acrostic poem is where the first letters of each line spell out the word or phrase.
Alliteration – Gossip Goblins
Day two in the WP Ten Day Poetry Challenge and we are tasked to write a poem using alliteration.
Alliteration in italics
The gossip goblins with
their prying eyes
swoop then screech to share
who share with shells
who bathe in shallow waters
then whisper with passing whales:
What chance the minnow?
Weary wave changes channel with the tide
Seagulls go fishing
Alliteration – according to Wikipedia
Alliteration is a stylistic literary device identified by the repeated sound of the first letter in a series of multiple words, or the repetition of the same letter sounds in stressed syllables of a phrase.“Alliteration” is from the Latin word littera, meaning “letter of the alphabet”…
Alliteration narrowly refers to the repetition of a letter in any syllables that, according to the poem’s meter, are stressed, as in James Thomson‘s verse “Come…dragging the lazy languid Line along”. Another example is “Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers”.
Alliteration can also add to the mood of a poem. If a poet repeats soft, melodious sounds, a calm or dignified mood can result. If harsh, hard sound are repeated, on the other hand, the mood can become tense or excited.
Looking for inspiration and a cure for writing procrastination I decided to accept the WordPress Challenge and write a poem a day for ten days. Okay, I can already hear the footsteps of a herd of elephants in retreat at the mention of the word ‘Poetry’.
My first attempt is a Tanka. The Prompt: Water
After some research I found this description for a Tanka, courtesy of www.edu.pe.ca
The Tanka poem is very similar to haiku but Tanka poems have more syllables and it uses simile, metaphor and personification.
The Tanka has five lines with the following syllable count for each line 5-7-5-7-7
the dying ocean (5)
steams like an empty kettle (7)
planet overheats (5)
until only scum remains.(7)
Politics in denial(7)
Fellow poets: I am looking for critique… so please don’t be bashful.