Monday, April 18, 2016

Day 18 ~ Couplet Poem for #NationalPoetryMonth for “30 poems in 30 days”

Let’s get down to basics today – every poet should know how to write a couplet. It is the basis of other poems and it’s only TWO lines of poetry. How easy is that?

Carefully stringing thoughts along
Into lovely little word-songs.
                      © 2014 ~ Stephanie Abney

Hmmm. I used “word songs” in my example yesterday, didn’t I? But a different poem – guess I think of poetry as word songs, what can I say?

Although I’ve seen some that are totally random, the dictionary definition of a “couplet” suggests that they usually consist of two lines that rhyme and have the same meter. The above example has 8 beats in each line and the endings rhyme well enough. So ~

Try expressing your complete thought in two mid-sized poetic lines. The end words of both lines should rhyme. It can be spiritual or silly or romantic or whatever suits your fancy – couplets are great to write for children or with children.

It is possible to string a bunch of couplets together to create a longer poem, but for today – just try creating one  or more individual 2-line couplets.

Here are a couple of couplets (hee hee) that I wrote about five years ago. Anyway, here they are, for what their worth (one is simple; the other is silly).


~~~~~~~ I was thinking about the Lord's tender mercies and came up with this:

I know the Lord is mindful of me,
And it makes me happy as can be.
                             © 2011 by Stephanie Abney

~~~~~~~ then, in a moment of frustration, I thought a little on "getting one's nose out of joint" and came up with this:

Writing this little assignment
Puts my nose out of alignment.
                               © 2011 by Stephanie Abney 

Did you think of a couplet? Just look around and think on an object or an emotion and give it a shot!!

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Vicki said...

When in your life you have dogs
You are so much closer to God

Peggy Barker said...

I find it hard to make a rhyme
Because I simply don't have time!