Let’s Start with Forms of Poetry

Forms of Poetry

This simply means you can pass off anything you write as poetic-even if it doesn’t rhyme. Infract rhyming is only one of the myriad forms of poetry that exist.

Others include *but are not restricted to* the ballad, blank verse, burlesque, canzone, cinquain, classicism, couplet, elegy, epic, epigram, epitaph, epithalamion, free verse, haiku, iambic pentameter, idyl, lay, limerick, lyric, ode, pastoral, rhyme, terza rima, sonnet and verse. Now gather the bits of your brain that have exploded and come along with me on a ‘forms of poetry’ journey.

Today let’s talk about the first five forms i mention. *over the next few days i will go through the other forms.

The ballad: the ballad is basically a poem meant for singing. Its origins date back to communal dancing *no doubt accompanied by harps and whatnots* and belongs to an oral tradition- free from literary influences. In Australia-the bush ballad remains popular.

Comments about ballads: I reckon this is the kind of poetry you write when you want to write a song but don’t know how to write a melody. But I’m just a poetry snob.

Blank verse: it usually has the same unrhymed meter *like iambic pentameter*. It resembles the rhythm of ordinary speech and hence used for its flexibility.

Comments about blank verse: Shakespeare, Milton, yeast, pound, frost were bandits for this kind of verse. So if you fancy yourself to be in this league then b.v. Is your ticket to fame?

Burlesque: quite simply it treats the subject matter in a trivial or ridiculous way.

Comments about burlesque: yes. It does bring to mind tightly corseted women tossing their skirts around on stage. You can forgive yourself for thinking naughty thoughts.

Canzone: this is a medieval Italian lyric poem. It usually has five or six stanzas and a short concluding stanza. Think of Dante, Petrarch and Carducci.

Comments about canzone: attempt it only if you have a medieval Italian lover.

Chinquapin: it has five lines. Line 1 is one word (the title). Line 2 is two words that describe the title. Line 3 is three words that tell the action. Line 4 is four words that express the feeling. Line 5 is one word that recalls the title.

Comments about chinquapin: do you want to sound like a retard?

Don’t forget to come back for the next instalment. And if you want more information on any of these forms then look it up yourself you slackarses. Also feel free to comment in any of the above poetic forms-get crazy creative on me!