One must make a distinction however: when dragged into prominence by half poets, the result is not poetry, nor till the autocrats among us can be “literalists of the imagination”—above insolence and triviality and can present for inspection, imaginary gardens with real toads in them, shall we have it.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Fussy Little Forms: Cavatina

Friends! Poets! Both! Time for playing with short forms. Let’s try the CAVATINA. 

Just recently came across this older Italian form, but to me, it seems like a sonnet variation--kinda? It features rhyme and syllable counting that together create a nice rhythm, and a couplet at the end.

Here are the rules: 

  • Ten-syllable non-rhyming line, 
  • Alternating with a four-syllable rhyming line, 
  • Repeated at least three times, 
  • Ending with a ten-syllable line couplet. 

Found this cute example online: 

Zilch Muse by Ryter Roethicle 

It's not the night or the music, it's me 
My muse has gone 
Too much work, too much pressure is enough 
She has withdrawn 
I sit here my glass of port as company 
Ideas, I have none 
My notes zilch, there's no inspiration there 
All ideas blown 
So I sit here drinking a lovely port 
No light has shone 
Another sip, appreciating God’s gift to me 
I must postpone 
No worldly wisdom to impart to you 
This time my foot is in some other's shoe.

Here is an article with many more examples: CAVATINA

Let’s try it!


Marian said...

Well, this form is more of a challenge than I thought it would be, heh. Enjoy!

Sanaa Rizvi said...

Loved the challenge, Marian💞 Sharing my poem "On the threshold of desire." Happy Weekend everyone💞

Kerry O'Connor said...

This is an interesting challenge. That alternately line may prove tricky.

Kim Russell said...

A tricky challenge, especially after a couple of days away from writing. I'll have to think about this...

Margaret said...

A bit silly and poking fun at my husband, but I enjoyed this challenge. Thanks!

Linda Lee Lyberg said...

Thanks for a great prompt- adding my link. I've never written a Cavatina before.

Vicki Rogers said...

Thanks for the challenge, I'm new to poetry and blogging. But, I'm hooked!