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Wednesday, March 30, 2005

What kind of poem could I write?

Personally, I prefer rhymed poetry, but the more modern unrhymed poetry is also accepted for the carnival. What kinds of poetry could you write? Well, you could try a
  • Pentameter - A line of verse consisting of five metrical feet.
Of course, that begs the question, what is a metrical foot? Well, one type of metrical foot is an
  • iamb - A metrical foot consisting of an unstressed syllable followed by a stressed syllable or a short syllable followed by a long syllable, as in delay.
Other types of poetry you could write:
  • psalm - A sacred song; a hymn.
  • haiku - A Japanese lyric verse form having three unrhymed lines of five, seven, and five syllables, traditionally invoking an aspect of nature or the seasons.
  • limerick - A light humorous, nonsensical, or bawdy verse of five anapestic lines usually with the rhyme scheme aabba.
  • sonnet - A 14-line verse form usually having one of several conventional rhyme schemes.
All these definitions are from Dictionary.com.

2 Comments:

Blogger sb said...

Yes, and Dictionary.com is not about poetry. I much prefer this approach to haiku.

10:17 PM  
Blogger J. Andrew Lockhart said...

The refer to haiku that sb shows us is what I would use as well. 5-7-5 form is not used by most English poets.(based on the difference between the Japanese and English language.)
Andrew Lockhart

2:39 PM  

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