Thursday, April 7, 2016

Day 7 ~ How to Write a "Lantern Poem" for “30 Poems in 30 Days” #NationalPoetryMonth

OK, since it is still rather early in the poetry challenge – we’ll do a rather simple little Japanese poetry form today called a "Lantern Poem."

A lantern is a five line poem and when you follow the exact syllable pattern, your poem should result in the shape of a Japanese lantern.

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)

Here’s an example for you:

Forty Winks

                                                             © Stephanie Abney 2016

NOW – if you saw yesterday’s post I gave you a heads up for the poetry form for tomorrow, Friday – SPINE POETRY and PLEASE WAIT UNTIL FRIDAY to post your pictures of your poems ~ if you were with me last year~ you will remember this one and how much fun we had. In fact, once a few of us posted ours on FB – it went pretty crazy. Everyone wanted to join in on the “Spine Poetry.”

So start reviewing the spines of books to get a feel for what poetry you can create using ONLY the spines of books stacked up on each other on their sides (DVD cases work as well). Here’s another example of "Spine Poetry"~

And, as always, 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 7 Lantern Poem

Not cuddly
On their own terms

mandy said...


Heidi Murphy said...

Mexican Hairless Dogs
Half rat, half dog

Heidi Murphy said...

I wrote more on