Poems are one of my favorite things to write. I love the ebb and flow of the words. When I am inspired to write a poem I don’t often think about form, unless that is what I have decided to explore. Free-writing poems is a relaxing activity for me, and I often mix rhyming and non-rhyming sections. I don’t know if intellectual schooled poets would approve of this, but it works for me.
I do enjoy picking a specific poem form, now and then, and using the rules to guide my words and rhyme scheme. We have been having some fun on Writer’s Carnival exploring the Haibun. This was a new form for me, and I enjoyed it very much, as it mixes formal Haiku sections with prose. There is no set amount of stanzas or prose sections; you are free to design the body of your poem any way you want. (Example: Diamond Brocade by Rebecca Braun)
A basic Haiku uses the form of 3 lines: 5-7-5 is the syllable count for those lines, traditionally evoking images of nature. (I don’t always follow the nature theme, but I like the 5-7-5 form. (Example: Butterfly by Craig Lincoln)
Another form I appreciate is the French Villanelle: a nineteen-line poem with two rhymes throughout, consisting of five tercets and a quatrain, with the first and third lines of the opening tercet recurring alternately at the end of the other tercets and with both repeated at the close of the concluding quatrain. (Example: Cats and Skulls by Rebecca Braun)
What is a tercet? A set or group of three lines of verse rhyming together.
What is a quatrain? A stanza of four lines, especially one having alternate rhymes.
I find the Sonnet to be a very beautiful form to write. There are many different forms of Sonnets, I have found, but I particularly like the English Shakespearean Sonnet: This form consists of Fourteen lines with each having ten syllables, has a rhyme scheme of abab cdcd efef gg, and uses Iambic pentameter-daDa daDa daDa daDa daDa. The first 8 lines set up conflict, the remaining six lines provide a turning of the initial theme or conflict. Many poems of this style are about love. (Example: Love Lost by Rebecca Braun)
I have shared with you some of my favorite forms of poetry. Most of the examples are mine, and may not reflect the true traditional essence of the form, so research further if you want to know the history and traditional formal aspects of these styles of poetry.
What kind of poetry do you like?
Please, share your favorite forms of poetry either to read or write, and share examples, if you so desire. Comment on your methods of writing poetry.
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