For the Love of Verse!

It’s that time of year when we all connect with the beauty of words through poetry. Most people run the opposite way when it comes to poetry. Some simply don’t like it, and others feel they don’t understand it. But poetry is all about what you get out of it. Emotions it conjures up; words ringing true.

National poetry month

Poetry is fun to write. You don’t have to be a poet laureate or have a Masters in Literature to write poetry. All you need is a subject, words, and emotions. There are many types of poems to dabble with such as Haiku, Odes, and Sonnets. This is a link that gives explanations and examples of Traditional and Invented Poetry forms – http://www.shadowpoetry.com/resources/wip/types.html.

I’d like to share a poem I did several years ago. This is a Cento poem, Latin for “patchwork”. It’s a collage of other poets’ works. Check out Wolf Cento by Simone Muench. She’s a professional poet, so you’ll probably find her poem of great value.

How to Write a Cento:

  1. You borrow lines from other poets’ poems. This does not need to follow any particular meter or rhyme.
    2) I browsed PoemHunter.com to read popular poems.
    3) When I found the first line for my poem, I went in search of another line from another poet that would go with the first. The lines you choose can be from any part of the poem.

Below is the result of the Cento I created. I loved putting this poem together because it gave me a glimpse at many poems. Even though it doesn’t have to fit any meter or rhyme, I chose to make my poem rhyme. I’ve put the name of the poem and poet in italics. If you click on the links, they will take you to the poem.

Death Dream

A stranger came to the door at eve, Love and A Question by Robert Frost
Enswathed, and seal’d to curious secrecy. A Lover’s Complaint by William Shakespeare
love strikes away the chains of fear Touched by an Angel by Maya Angelou
As I lean and look through the glimmering light–that one has utterly
disappeared
, I Thought I was Not Alone by Walt Whitman

‘He scents thy footsteps in the snow Broken Love by William Blake
Sigh thou mayst, and bid it go Think of it Not, Sweet One by John Keats
With thoughtful pace, and sad, majestic eyes, Dante by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Nor seek to know the look of that which dies A Dream Lies Dead by Dorothy Parker

Yon heaven thy home, that waits and opes its door. The Guardian Angel by Robert Browning
Misery, my sweetest friend—oh, weep no more! Death – Poem by Percy Bysshe Shelley

But will you hear MY dream, for I had one Sea Dreams by Alfred Lord Tennyson
For the heart whose woes are legion
‘Tis a peaceful, soothing region-
Dreamland by Edgar Allan Poe

Have you written a poem for fun? Have you ever tried an invented poetry form?  If you’d like, please share in the comments.

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8 thoughts on “For the Love of Verse!”

  1. I LOVE poetry. Every now and then I have to break out into verse, just to keep myself sane. I had a poetry phase in college and it spills over to my novels. Some people like that. Some don’t. *shrugs* I think a touch of poetry in every day reading makes for awesome variety.

    1. Crystal, That’s awesome that poetry spills into your novels. For writers, I think poetry is a great way to help writers learn how to tighten sentences and find THE WORD that fits. Thanks for stopping by.

  2. So a cento is a poetry of mashup. I can totally see doing this with some of my favorite song lyrics. I read the other day that Bob Dylan’s “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall” was composed of first lines of all the songs he thought he’d never have a chance to write, so in a way, that’s a type of patchwork song.

    1. Jeri, Doing a cento with favorite song lyrics is a great idea. I never thought of it. If you make one, please share it. I’d love to read it.

  3. I like poetry. I don’t claim to understand all of it, but I like it and appreciate the talent it takes to write it, which is very different from novel writing. I love that Cento. Now THAT’S an exercise in creativity, especially since you made it rhyme. What a boss.

  4. I know all about NaPo and I always want to join in! Unfortunately, this April I have a bit too much going on for me to possibly try and join in, but in this month I have managed to write 3 poems so far, which is good for me. I’ve also really enjoyed reading some of the poetry that other people have come up with too!

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