Monday, April 3, 2017

Day 3 ~ How to Write a “Synonym or Antonym Poem” for “30 Poems in 30 Days" #NationalPoetryMonth

So, today I’m trying a poetry form that is also completely new to me. I had not previously written one of these, but it incorporates a couplet, is only three lines long (and the first line is ONLY a one word title) and it seemed intriguing. I must admit it turned out to be more difficult than I anticipated. But don’t be discouraged. This “30 poems in 30 days” challenge is meant to be fun. So, give it a try and if you find it really isn’t for you, then write any style poem for today ~ but at least, look it over. Despite being harder than I expected, I actually am quite pleased with the results. So, here ya’ go:

Synonym and/or Antonym Poetry:

"Synonyms" ~ resource for synonyms and/or antonyms (depending on which little dot you click up by the search button)

Well, since we did couplets yesterday, let’s expand on that form just a bit and then we’ll move on to something different tomorrow. So, “Synonym” and/or “Antonym” poems are quite short, only three lines and they include a couplet, which was yesterday’s poem so the endings in both lines of a couplet need to rhyme. I guess I should have helped you out yesterday with a couple of online rhyming resources.  

Here you go. They are pretty nifty!! Enjoy!

"Rhyme Zone" ~ plug in a word, hit search and it kicks out a list of rhyming words (this one is the easiest to you, I think, because the other one gives you thousands of choices and that  that’s too long to sort through and can be overwhelming. So, whichever you like…

"Rhymer" ~ pretty cool – even has six options on how to rhyme: end rhymes (rhyme ending words), last syllable rhymes, double rhymes (like walking/talking), triple rhymes (have the same vowel sounds in the third-to-last syllable and all following sounds (explanation, destination, imagination), beginning rhymes (scenery/cedar) and first syllable rhymes (carrot/caring).

OK, so for today we need a title (which you type across in all CAPITAL LETTERS) and underneath you will write a couplet but with these specifications:

Choose any word.  Write that word in capital letters on the first line.  In a thesaurus or at "SYNONYMS" ~ resource for synonyms AND antonyms ~ you can look up some synonyms (or antonyms, if you wish) to that word. Choose around 3-5 synonyms OR antonyms and list them below your one word title. THEN, on the third line, come up with a descriptive phrase about the word. And yep, the ending words of both lines need to rhyme.

Here are a couple of examples I came up with:


Pioneer, settler, foreigner, outsider, newcomer

Welcome, I, too, walk to the beat of a different drummer.
© 2017 Stephanie Abney


Emergence, evolving, increment,development.

Without life’s obstacles there is little improvement.

    © 2017 Stephanie Abney

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Vicki said...

Day 3
Lost inside, misunderstood, confusing
Family dynamics forever changing

Kristi Quist said...

Sinew, energy, tissue, vigour, tendon, brawn,
Dystrophy will cruelty steal until all is gone.

Heidi Murphy said...

Mine is here: come see me and leave a comment!

Aubri said...

Confidant, supporter, ally, booster, champion
Without you I am much less of what I can be

Stephanie Abney said...

Awesome poems!!