Bearing in mind that many of the faithful followers of Real Toads may be celebrating the start of 2012 this weekend, I have decided to take the idea of something NEW to another level.
No, this is not a wordle prompt, though it does have a wordle graphic.
This mini-challenge involves each of us, who would like to play, creating our own short form poem by devising the structure according to syllables, rhyme scheme, line length and/or stanzas. This is not as difficult as it may first seem. Even those of us who write in free verse tend to favor a kind of pattern; this challenge asks us to formulate our style, to a certain extent. There is a precedent for this exercise: you will remember our introduction to the 'stellar verse', namely The Pleiades form. This form inspired DR F.T.S.E. to invent his own 'stellar verse', which he named The Orion.
- Length of poem 1 - 15 lines
- Decide on the syllable count of each line
- Will you include a rhyme scheme?
- Will it be divided into stanzas?
- Any acrostic, or alphabet elements?
- Make up a title for your form
I realize that I will have to put my money where my mouth is, so I have devised the following form, which I will call "Free Falling Verse". It relies solely on syllable count and division of stanzas: 5-8-7-6 (stanza 1, in which subject is introduced) 5-8-7-6-5-8-7-3 (stanza 2, containing main focus of figurative language) 5-8-7 (stanza 3, concluding thoughts on theme). Wish me luck in trying to write something to fit this scheme and I wish you luck in creating your own. Have fun trying something entirely NEW.
The link will not expire, so please come back later in the week with your innovation.