Rhythm and Rhyme Workshop
(1/12/2008 5:10:00 AM)
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I am a poet who writes in rhyme and rhythm, and it would be lovely to see a discussion on this subject in this forum. I don't think, perhaps, that this is a place to post your poems as there is a place for that.
Could I please start up a DISCUSSION:
I often find that if I have a song, a piece of music or have read a particularly rhyming and rhythmic poem beforehand - this helps me to get my rhythm for my own poem.
What particularly helps you all in this forum? Answers please - not more of your own poems to display for we all write poems in this way, and quite well.Replies for this message:
(5/20/2008 10:50:00 PM)
I enjoy writting more of a free flow than to rhythm or rhyme, very seldom do I ever rhyme, somehow it distracts me as a writter in doing so, sound wierd? I guess we all are who we are... And I must sa ... more
Lime and Tequila with a Splash of Pineapple
(1/25/2008 1:14:00 AM)
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I write in a variety of styles, including rhyme. For me, the real trick is not the rhyme, but the meter. I work hard on my meter, but it doesn't always flow the way I'd like.
Vikram Aarella - The Poem Shooter
(1/14/2008 12:33:00 PM)
I like rhymes Josie, its gives that much needed punch to the poem and appears more striking
- Bonnie Collins (5/20/2008 10:50:00 PM) Post reply
(12/31/2007 8:58:00 AM)
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(12/24/2007 10:21:00 PM)
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(11/20/2007 9:39:00 AM)
On Writing Poetry
Robert Frost once observed in a moment of pet,
That tennis is foolish when played without net.
So a poet abandoning rhythmical verse
Was to him just a lightweight (or something far worse) .
As I see it, the goal’s not to best an opponent
But determine a theme, then refine, shape and hone it.
Using rhythm and rhyme adds a memorable sound.
(Who truly recalls much of Elliot or Pound?)
If you would write your verse in classic rhyme,
You’ll probably use the iamb all the time.
Iambic feet in groups of five are stately
Yet lithe, as used by Shakespeare cherished greatly.
Trochees, though, have lots of power;
Use them when you snarl or glower.
Shorter lines, three feet or four,
Let you grasp your subject’s core.
The bounce of the anapest many find funny
As it scampers along like the legs on a bunny.
Yet its lilt appears often as part of our speech
So it can bring subjects within the heart’s reach.
Dactyls instead are insistent and driving,
Forceful and rolling with purposeful striving.
Horses and trains, also feelings in motion
Show a dactylic rhythm if you’ve got the notion
When you need change in the rhythm, it’s neat
To add strong spondees or weak pyrhic feet.
Slow down, look closely, or speed things up,
Add that dash of ‘different’ to your cup.
If you feel quite at ease with conventional forms,
That’s great. But if not, bid adieu to the norms.
Beyond the predictable, seek new realms of choice;
That’s where you must search to discover your voice.
Intense and insistent, poems are different from prose.
(Poetry, it’s said, never feels like prose to those who knows.)
For we treasure each line that rings true like a bell,
Spoken from the heart to our hearts wondrously well.
(11/16/2007 10:35:00 PM)
(11/16/2007 10:35:00 PM)
Gene Van Troyer
(11/12/2007 6:39:00 PM)
For those interested in poetic forms, I highly recommend two very useful books:
The New Book of Forms, by Lewis Turco (University Press of New England,1986)
-This is a useful quick reference handbook with examples to illustrate each form covered.
The New Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics, edited by Alex Preminger et. al. (Princeton University Press,1993) ISBN: 0-691-02123-6
-This covers everything.
My apology if I'm referring you to material that has already been mentioned in this forum.
(10/30/2007 7:31:00 PM)
check out my poems please, I'm pretty new to writing poetry, I usually write random thoughts, but I really enjoy poetry now.
(10/10/2007 7:17:00 PM)
'What I love about John Logan's poems is what we loved in him as a man: their warmth and directness, their affection for the world and its lives and the way they happen. The poems seem transparent, a current in which orescence and change, joy and loss, our involvement with them, are all but palpable.'
- W.S. Merwin
after János Hegedüs
and for Jill Bullitt
The moon is in sight
On a poplar rotting in the night
Two lamps of eyes catch fire
Two clawed feet clutch at their desire
The profound owl
Ferocious and gray
For he is hungry as can be
He is hungry as can be.
by John Logan
©BOA Editions, Ltd 1989
American Poets Continuum Series
(10/8/2007 11:01:00 AM)
Hey everybody.Please read my poems and rate it.Please!
Comment of the Day
- It's more of a song lyric.
Please let me know how I can improve it.
Changing words etc,
Thanks in advice!
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