OK, we are nearing the end of our challenge. Today we are doing a simple little Japanese poetry form called a "Lantern Poem."
A lantern poem is a five line poem in the shape of a Japanese lantern. Please note that each line is specific in what the word(s) should be describing and then also note the number of syllables per line. These poems do not have titles – the first line is basically the title.
The Pattern is:
Line 1: noun (one syllable)
Line 2: describe the noun (two syllables)
Line 3: describe the noun (three syllables
Line 4: describe the noun (four syllables)
Line 5: synonym for noun in line one (one syllable)
Today would have been the birthday of a sweet writer friend of mine – she passed away just over a year ago. When I did this poetry challenge in 2011 she wrote the following LANTERN POEM and I thought I would share it as a lovely example of this poetry form:
© 2011 Mary Walling
Here’s another example, from Sally Clark:
© 2008 Sally Clark ~ (Example from “The Highlights of Homeschooling: How to Write 30 Forms of Poetry – The American Revolution” by Teresa Ives Lilly, poetry by Sally Clark) FYI: Teresa Ives Lilly is the author of several Christian romance novels ~ website: Teresa Lilly
And here’s my Lantern poem:
Can depend on
© 2014 Stephanie Abney