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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

Monday Poetry Prompt

Today’s prompt is a poetic form called the cento, which is Latin for “patchwork.” This poetic form is made up of lines from poems by other poets. Though poets often borrow lines from other writers and mix them in with their own, a true cento is composed entirely of lines from other sources. You may … Continue reading

Monday Poetry Prompt

This week’s prompt: write a Decima, a Spanish or Italian rhyming form. It covers all aspects of life, including themes that are philosophical, religious, lyrical, and political. They can also be humorous or satirical. It has 10 lines with 8 syllables per line. In Puerto Rico, the rhyming scheme is ABBAACCDDC. The Decima Italiana has the following … Continue reading

Monday Poetry Prompt

Today’s prompt is to write a dodoitsu. This Japanese poetic form consists of four lines with the syllabic structure 7-7-7-5 and no rhyme, often concerns love or work, and are usually comical. Here’s my attempt: surrounded by men all day in suits or construction hats tossing pleasantries like lures but I never bite These poems … Continue reading

Monday Poetry Prompt

For today’s prompt, write a landay. Landays are 22-syllable couplets, generally rhyming, with 9 syllables in the first line and 13 syllables in the second line. The form is from Afghanistan, typically sung by women as folk songs. You can try writing a single landay or string a few together for your poem. Happy writing! … Continue reading

Poetry Between The Lines

In November, we looked at five poems by W.B. Yeats, a poet I have heard of a lot but have not yet read myself in any depth. Gail, our leader for this session, had done a great amount of research on 4 of the 5 poems and guided us through the discussion of each poem … Continue reading

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