This week: NaPoWriMo 2021 starts tomorrowEdited by: Andy~2021 has to be better
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“Poets utter great and wise things which they do not themselves understand.”
Hi all, I'm Andy~2021 has to be better , and I am your guest editor this week.
It’s that time of year where poets get ready for NaPoWriMo (National Poetry Writing Month), where we attempt to write 30 poems in 30 days.
Some people just do the basic (write 30 poems in 30 days), while others stretch themselves a little by maybe exploring one theme using multiple poetry forms, or one form using multiple themes. This year I’m going to choose one form and exploring its variations. Some poetry forms only have one variation, whereas there are some forms with multiple variations. Those forms that have multiple variations usually also give the variations special names.
A limerick will always be a five-line poem with a strict rhyme scheme of AABBA, usually with the A lines written in anapaestic trimeter and the B lines written in anapaestic dimeter. A limerick can have more than one stanza, but it will always be called a limerick.
The modern, or American Cinquain, is five-line poem with 2, 4, 6, 8, and 2 syllables, and it has five recognised variants. A Reverse cinquain has one 5-line stanza in a syllabic pattern of two, eight, six, four, two. A Mirror cinquain has two 5-line stanzas consisting of a cinquain followed by a reverse cinquain. A Butterfly cinquain is a nine-line syllabic form with the pattern two, four, six, eight, two, eight, six, four, two. A Crown cinquain is a sequence of five cinquain stanzas functioning to construct one larger poem. A Garland cinquain is a series of six cinquains in which the last is formed of lines from the preceding five, typically line one from stanza one, line two from stanza two, and so on.
An Oddquain is a short, usually unrhymed poem consisting of seventeen syllables distributed 1, 3, 5, 7, 1 in five lines, and it has four recognised variants. A crown oddquain is a five stanza oddquain sequence. A reverse oddquain is a oddquain with a reverse syllable pattern of 1-7-5-3-1, a mirror oddquain is a two stanza oddquain sequence of the pattern 1-3-5-7-1 1-7-5-3-1. An oddquain butterfly is a “merged mirror oddquain” where the two stanzas of a mirror oddquain are merged together, one of the middle 1 syllable lines is dropped, resulting in one nine line stanza of the form 1-3-5-7-1-7-5-3-1.
The form with the most variations though, is probably the sonnet. Ranging from the traditional Shakespeare sonnets of 14 lines written in strict iambic pentameter, to the Terza Rima Sonnet of 14 lines written in lines of ten or eleven syllables, to the submerged sonnet that is a sonnet written inside a longer piece of poetry. And then there is the awe-inspring Heroic Crown of Sonnets, which instils fear into the hearts of mere mortals. It is one single poem composed of fifteen (usually different forms) sonnets, where each sonnet addresses only one aspect of the poem. The final line of one sonnet serves as the initial line of the next, and the last sonnet is composed of the first line of the initial 14 sonnets.
I hope our WDC poets will be joining me and everyone else in trying to write their 30 in 30.
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