Poetry Challenge 17: Triolet

This was interesting. I’ve written triolets before and I ran into the same issue this time as before. One feels that the repeated lines would be quite affecting if the poem were to be sung; on the page, they seem a bit like dead wood. Perhaps my approach is too straightforward? At any rate, I…

Poetry Challenge 16: Halovidian

The challenge this time is to write a poem using rhyme, meter/rhythm, and/or alliteration, with the following catch: we have to use at least three of the following invented words, and assign our own meaning to them. You can also include made-up words of your own. If necessary, provide pronunciation guides. Feel free to invent…

Poetry Challenge 14: I Will Arise and Go Now

Since our several attempts have proved futile, I’ve decided to make like a hotel elevator and skip 13. Our Poetry Challenge 14 has just opened up! Instead of hosting the challenges here on my personal blog, we’ll now be hosting them at our Academy of Inventive Literature forum. It’s hosted, in turn, by Google Groups…

Poetry Challenge 13: Rhetorical Devices

I’ve been having fun surveying the list of rhetorical devices on Wikipedia. A lot of them I recognized from my favorite reading, or have used without knowing what it was. I think that you probably would have the same experience! The more literary “tricks” we include in our work of literary art – provided we…