Today I've gone Italian with an Ottava Rima poem. An Ottava Rima is a poetic form made up of eight lines that rhyme. Each line consists of eleven syllables.The Ottava Rima in its current form was first created by the Italian poet, Giovanni Boccaccio. It is based on a poetic form then used in Sicily, incorporating an alternating rhyming scheme throughout its eight lines. The double rhyme in the last two verses was introduced later on.
An Ottava Rima poem is made up of an octave with the rhyme pattern: ab ab ab cc
This poem presented an interesting challenge, but then again a challenge is a good thing for a poet. I kept returning to it across a couple of weeks.
Distancing myself from the words allowed me to return with a clearer vision about what my poem needed in order to settle. Sometimes making a poem is akin to working with Lego pieces. When the word arrangement works, you hear everything click into place.
Some tinkering and line movement proved quite useful in the end. I would recomm…
A Kyrielle poem is structured so that all the lines have eight syllables and each stanza of four lines ends in a refrain. It takes on a rhythmical form very much like a rhyming couplet.
A Kyrielle poem is made up of 4 lined stanzas of eight syllables each. The capital letter (directly below) being the refrain:
aabB ccbB ddbB eebB
Here is my Kyrielle poem. It is springtime in Australia, so it seems appropriate to tap into the sensations of the season when looking for inspiration. Just like the Ottava Rima poem I wrote recently, Kyrielle poems require some thought and effort. I must admit I again enjoyed the challenge presented by the structure of the poem. Finding sufficient rhyming words that are also appropriate for the subject was a major consideration. So, my fellow poets are you up for the challenge?
Finessing all the shrubbery The gentle breeze washed over me Scents and bouquets then arose The earth reveals what winter knows The morning air is light and warm Dragonf…
It is important to create a sense of wonder around words. Ralph Fletcher refers to deliberate playfulness with language to create a particular kind of effect. I agree. Wordplay is critical to feeling comfortable with language in general and poetry in particular. Here are a few ideas to get the word fun started: Poets try to see ordinary things in extraordinary ways *Describe a pair of
dirty,worn out sneakers They look like..... They smell like..... They feel like..... They remind me of..... What don’t you want to be
doing tomorrow ? What don’t you want to be
doing next week ? What don’t you want to be
doing when you grow up ? Word gatherers - collect
words...poets need them Words which sound like
noises (onomatopoeia ) buzz plop quack twang whizz splat bong Words which sound good hubbub giggle gingerly agog billabong skedaddle gongoozle Words which are made up: esky elbonics tetramangulation woos Alliteration: When poets use a string of
words which begin the same letter we call it alliteration Awfully angry ant…