Saturday, April 30, 2016

Day 30 ~ “Free Verse Poems” about family history for “30 Poems in 30 Days” #NationalPoetryMonth

OK, so today is the LAST day of #NationalPoetryMonth ~ so, so sad, BUT – you shouldn’t stop writing poetry – I hope this little journey has shown you that you CAN write ALL KINDS of poetry.

I have one friend who wrote her journal entry each day last year as a little poem or one sort or
another. Very cute idea.

As I said – today I thought it would be fun to create a poem about something or someone that has to do with your family history – you choose. If that doesn’t resonate with you – just write about whatever comes to mind. AND, today, YOU CHOOSE the poetry form you wish to use – any we have tried out or just do one in free verse.

I thought I would address (in the simplest of terms) the difference between “blank verse” and “free verse” and you’ll see why I am suggesting you use “free verse” if you don’t want to use a previous poetry form.

Blank Verse is generally unrhymed verse BUT it has a rather detailed fixed metrical pattern. I don’t plan to go into that today. Whereas Free Verse is more random, with NO fixed metrical pattern of any kind and no need to rhyme although you are welcome to and it doesn’t need to be any systematic pattern of rhyming if you even choose to use rhyme – no need to count syllables or to worry about much of anything – just let it come. But free verse is actually tricky to make it flow, but once you get it just how you want it – you will be most happy with it.

A couple of other things: I’m currently writing a book, “Writing Poetry, Step by Step.” I hope to be able to have it published within the next 30-60 days – when it’s ready – I’ll post the links to it here on my blog and elsewhere on social media ~ please watch for it. This has been fun – be sure to check back next year. 

Since I’m mired in schoolwork of my own (taking a couple of college English classes this semester), I don’t have time to prepare my own free verse poem for today – when I finally get around to it – I’ll come back and add it in, but that could be weeks away. So, just go ahead and take the reins ~ YOUR poem, YOUR way on our very last day!! Cheers!! I’d love your feedback on what this month has meant to you – feel free to leave such comments here on the blog. Thanks!!!!

PLEASE REMEMBER ~ any poetry found on this blog, written by me, is my personal property and may not be used without my permission, other than sharing it as an example in a lesson or to read it to someone. The same goes for any poems that are shared in the comments of this blog or elsewhere online as a result of this challenge. They are the creative property of the person who writes them. These poems are their original work and no one may use them without their permission. It is understood that they own the copyright for to them as soon as they post them. Thanks so much!

Also, if you choose to post your poems on your own blog ~ that’s awesome. But PLEASE don’t just copy and paste my daily instructions, but rather post your poem on your blog or you FB wall or wherever AND LINK BACK TO THIS BLOG POST for others to come here to read the instructions. I’ve spent considerable time researching the poetry forms and writing them up to share with you. Thanks for respecting my work. 


Vicki said...

Day 30-Family History

I recently was given an album
Of photographs of the past
It's full of lovely photos
Of ancestors who were steadfast

There's men in topcoats and suits
And women in high style fashion
And babes wearing cute outfits
When their lives were full of passion

These photographs are amazing
The only problem is this
None of them are labeled
So, no names have come to us

My advice to all you people
Is to label all your pictures
So someone someday will know
Your name in all it's grandeur

Deborah said...

I have loved this challenge (in spite of grumbling about making me think too hard) and might even use some of the forms again! Looking forward to your book and your challenge next year!
Thanks for doing this!
Now you can concentrate on school! (And family.)

jeanie said...

I'm with Deborah, it's been really fun!! Thanks for doing this challenge, Stephanie. I never knew there were so many forms of poetry and it was fun to try them all. Thanks!!

Peggy Barker said...

Thanks Stephani! You are an awesome teacher and I have loved this month of poetry. Good luck getting your book published and I look forward to reading it and writing more poems in the future.