Hello to all the toads and pond visitors !
Today we are going to tackle a poetry form called nocturna.
Picture credit: Grace
The word was first used by Christians and was a form of night prayers. Later it appeared in the 18th century and was derived from the French nocturnal and was usually music inspired by the night and played at evening parties. During that time poetry was also recited.
The painter Whistler used that name in some of his paintings, they also had a night theme, which in turn inspired Chopin to write his well loved Nocturnes.
The Nocturna is basically a nine line poetry form based on the nocturne theme containing three, three line lessons recited during the night. The subject must be nocturnal and it consists of three couplets linked by the rhyme of the centre line. This is usually written in decasyllabic or iambic pentameter (10 syllables per line).
a. b. a. c. b. c. d. b. d.
|My Star 'Till The Morn|
She sang softly like a bird taking flight,
It was then that I fell in love with her.
I wanted to hear her all through the night
Though the radio now plays another song,
I imagined that her voice was pure sugar
Her presence now haunts me all winter long
I close my eyes, because a dream's been born,
I know I will see her soon this summer
The woman who's now my star til the morn.
The Sunday Challenge is posted on Saturday at noon CST to allow extra time for the creative process, so please do not link up old work which kind of fits an image. This is in the spirit of our Real Toads project to create opportunities for poets to be newly inspired. Management reserves the right to remove unrelated links but invites you to share a poem of your choice on Open Link Monday.
I look forward to reading your words ~ Happy Sunday to all ~
Grace (aka Heaven)