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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

NasPoWriMo Day 23: Dancing with Monte Horeb

Today's assignment: try triolets. A triolet is an eight-line poem. All the lines are in iambic tetramenter (for a total of eight syllables per line), and the first, fourth, and seventh lines are identical, as are the second and final lines. This means that the poem begins and ends with the same couplet. Beyond this, there is a tight rhyme scheme (helped along by the repetition of lines) — ABaAabAB.

A  "We dance," said the Pentecostals
B  who find refuge in a Lutheran church.
C  "You do?" cried Lutherans, "We do too!"
A  "We dance," said the Pentecostals,
D  and Lutherans laughed, and clapped their hands,
E  clasped hands, and swung. "But not like that,
A  we dance," said the Pentecostals.
B  "Who finds refuge in a Lutheran church?"
Well, that was a start...but I failed on the syllable count, and the third/fifth and sixth line end-rhymes.  I'll come again later and try again....
Or at least come back and add Day 22's Pastorale...a work still in progress.

1 comment:

  1. I love the religious "twist" to this VERY HARD poetic form. I finally through up my hands and said forget : )
    Need a break? We are almost done!