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Current poetry writing competition Competition no 19: Write a two-verse poem with a marked difference in mood between the two
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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
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 fills the air of every office
Pernicious poisonous malodorous fumes
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
I am sure you can do better! But hopefully that will give you the gist of what I mean.
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