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Monday Poetry Prompt

This week’s prompt: write a Rispetto (Italian for Respect)  Definition: A Rispetto, an Italian form of poetry, is a complete poem of two rhyming quatrains or one 8-line stanza (octave) with meter. The meter is usually iambic tetrameter with a rhyme scheme of abab ccdd or abababcc. A Heroic Rispetto is written in Iambic pentameter, usually … Continue reading

Monday Poetry Prompt

This week’s prompt: write a poem emphasizing Cacophony Definition: jarring, discordant sound – generally associated with harsh consonants, rather than with vowels. Example: Don Juan, Canton the 7th by Lord Byron “Bombs, drums, guns, bastions, batteries, bayonets, bullets– Hard words, which stick in the soft Muses’ gullets.” Craft used in poetry (and other genre, I … Continue reading

Monday Poetry Prompt

This week’s prompt: write an acrostic poem Definition: a poem in which the first letter of each line spells out a word, name, or phrase when read vertically. If you feel up for a challenge: a double-acrostic employs both the first and the last letters of the lines. Here is an example by Ben Johnson hiding … Continue reading

Monday Poetry Prompt

This week’s prompt: write a Minute Poem Courtesy of Robert Lee Brewer: Some forms have a long, exotic history. Some forms are relatively new, but have a well-known founder. Others just seem to spring out of nowhere. Such appears to be the case with our most recent poetic form: the minute poem. The rules are … Continue reading

Monday Poetry Prompt

This week’s prompt: erasure poem We haven’t done an erasure poem in a long time: pick a newspaper article (newspaper or online (print it if you pick an online article)) or a page in a book you are about to throw out… any piece of existing writing. take a black sharpie and read through the … Continue reading

Monday Poetry Prompt

This week’s prompt: write an interlocking rubaiyat, sometimes referred to as rubai. You might be familiar with the 12th-century Persian work, The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam. It employs the Rubai. And without possibly noticing it, one of Frost’s well known poems (“Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening”) executes interlocking rubaiyat perfectly. Here are the rules of the … Continue reading

Monday Poetry Prompt

This week’s prompt: write an Ovillejo – Happy Writing! Courtesy of Robert Lee Brewer (link features an example; scroll down): Ovillejo Poems The ovillejo is an old Spanish form popularized by Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616). This 10-line poem is comprised of 3 rhyming couplets (or 2-line stanzas) and a quatrain (or 4-line stanza). The first line of each … Continue reading

Monday Poetry Prompt

This week’s prompt: write a ghazal The Ghazal is a poetic form consisting of rhyming couplets, between 5 – 15 couplets. A ghazal may be understood as a poetic expression of both the pain of loss or separation and the beauty of love in spite of that pain. Happy Writing! Rules Each couplet should be able to stand alone, as … Continue reading

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