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  • Chuck Toll (11/20/2007 9:39:00 AM) Post reply

    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.

  • Bekah Lero (11/16/2007 10:35:00 PM) Post reply

    interesting....

  • Bekah Lero (11/16/2007 10:35:00 PM) Post reply

    interesting....

  • Gene Van Troyer (11/12/2007 6:39:00 PM) Post reply

    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)
    ISBN: 0-87451-381-2

    -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.

  • Kelly Lynn (10/30/2007 7:31:00 PM) Post reply

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    check out my poems please, I'm pretty new to writing poetry, I usually write random thoughts, but I really enjoy poetry now.

  • Goldy Locks (10/10/2007 7:17:00 PM) Post reply

    '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


    The Owl

    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
    Grotesquely feeds
    For he is hungry as can be
    He is hungry as can be.


    by John Logan
    ©BOA Editions, Ltd 1989
    American Poets Continuum Series

  • Baidurya Mukherjee (10/8/2007 11:01:00 AM) Post reply

    Hey everybody.Please read my poems and rate it.Please!
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  • John Raubenheimer Rookie - 1st Stage (9/20/2007 5:18:00 PM) Post reply | Read 1 reply

    I found the interesting rhyme scheme for 'Though I Shoulder This Rain', in a poem by Dorothy Nimmo, the Settle poet who died a few years ago. (I live in Settle, Yorkshire.) Unfortunately I haven't got her poem to hand...

    Though I Shoulder This Rain

    Though I shoulder this rain like a pack,
    I know a part of me will always be
    in Johannesburg Transvaal, in Bellevue,
    near the vagrant root of a flowering tree.

    I know that part of me will always be
    where purple jacarandas wash over the street -
    with my brother feeding the pigeons, who with fencing wings
    strut and bobble about his sandalled feet.

    Where purple jacarandas wash over the street:
    tender report of the popping flowers.
    pressed by wheelers and walkers, the shouters, talkers
    who pass under his balcony at all hours.

    Tender report of the popping flowers.
    Clickbang of lightning: my memories persist
    vivid as the storm through England's drizzle.
    They will stay with me as long as I exist.

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    • Ernestine Northover Rookie - 1st Stage (9/24/2007 6:43:00 AM) Post reply | Read 1 reply

      A very unusual poem with the repeating the second line of each verse at the start of the next. Clever idea. I enjoyed reading this I haven't come across this poet before. Thanks for posting it here it ... more

  • Josie Whitehead Rookie - 1st Stage (9/8/2007 4:27:00 PM) Post reply

    I write a lot of my poems with rhyme and rhythm because I write for children. If you have children, or know of parents/grandparents/teachers, please tell them of my website: www.whiteheadm.co.uk Having said that I write for children, lots of adults tell me they like my work also.

  • Bryan Mahoney Rookie - 1st Stage (7/31/2007 4:59:00 AM) Post reply

    check out my poems


    http: //www.poemhunter.com/bryan-mahoney/

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