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(#5310628) Competition no 16: Write a poem with a made-up word as the title and beginning each verse
Posted by HeatherN on 27 Nov 2021 at 4:53PM
This was the winner of the subject for this competition by a narrow margin - the blank-verse monologue may come up in a future poll for those who voted for that choice (or something similar).

Anyway back to this competition:

I will post the rules first, and then give an example and blurb below

  • 1. You need to make up a word and use it as the title of your poem

  • 2. Each stanza (or verse) needs to begin with your made-up word

  • 3. The meaning of your made-up word should become clear as your poem progresses

  • 4. Your word should be the ONLY nonsense word in your poem - i.e. the poem must not be complete nonsense

  • 5. The poem should be between three and six stanzas long, each stanza no longer than six lines (meaning a maximum of 36 lines)

  • 6. Your made-up word must not be a proper noun - i.e. should not be the name of a person or place, but should be a word with a meaning.

Further information and guidance

A poem with repetition at the beginning of lines or stanzas is called an anaphora. This can be either a word or a phrase, repeated for emphasis.

I can not find an example of what I have asked you to do with a made-up word, so I have made a short poem up to give you the idea of what I am looking for.

This exercise is not so much about the use of anaphora, so I will not give any famous anaphora examples, but more about defining a word without using a definition, so that the word defines itself, which is why I have asked you to use a nonsense word.

It could be a feeling that you can't quite put a name to, or a mood. It could combine two feelings or moods such as a mixture of happiness and sadness - which you might call "Bluejoy" off the top of my head. Or it could be a completely new word that sounds good to you like "Kukuwarrakin", which could mean whatever you want it to mean, e.g. the thought processes of a pigeon.

Here is my effort which I am composing on the spot without editing, so will be very raw.

Frilliocity

Frilliocity fills the air of every office
Pernicious poisonous malodorous fumes
Inhaled innocently

Frilliocity, dressed in pleasant platitudes,
The weapon of the weak and wormy work-shy
Aimed at the amiable industrious types

Frilliocity finds its way into the lifeblood
Of the infected, a vicious virulent virus
Workaholic Wendy and Clever Clarrie
Where are they now?

Frilliocity killed their spirits
Reduced them to wretched wrecks
They resigned, of course

Frilliocity finally finished them off


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I am sure you can do better! But hopefully that will give you the gist of what I mean.
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SubjectPosted ByDate & Time
5311735Re: david on contest #16 HeatherN30 Nov 2021 1:46PM
5311734Re: Competition no 16: Write a poem with a made-up word as the title and beginning each verse HeatherN30 Nov 2021 1:44PM
5311732Re: Competition no 16: Write a poem with a made-up word as the title and beginning each verse HeartOnFire30 Nov 2021 1:37PM
5311715Re: david on contest #16 MM David littlefair XI30 Nov 2021 12:33PM
5311708Re: david on contest #16 HeatherN30 Nov 2021 12:01PM
5311691Re: david on contest #16 HeatherN30 Nov 2021 11:24AM
5311484Re: david on contest #16 MM David littlefair XI29 Nov 2021 5:44PM
5311481david on contest #16 The Spades Master29 Nov 2021 5:33PM
5311454Re: Competition no 16: Write a poem with a made-up word as the title and beginning each verse MM David littlefair XI29 Nov 2021 4:32PM
5311442Re: Competition no 16: Write a poem with a made-up word as the title and beginning each verse HeatherN29 Nov 2021 4:00PM
5311309Re: Competition no 16: Write a poem with a made-up word as the title and beginning each verse MM David littlefair XI29 Nov 2021 8:23AM
5311056Re: Competition no 16: Write a poem with a made-up word as the title and beginning each verse HeatherN28 Nov 2021 3:54PM
5310821Re: Competition no 16: Write a poem with a made-up word as the title and beginning each verse MM David littlefair XI28 Nov 2021 4:06AM
5310628Competition no 16: Write a poem with a made-up word as the title and beginning each verse HeatherN27 Nov 2021 4:53PM

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