Tuesday, April 25, 2023

Day 25 - 2023 How to Write a “Lantern Poem” for #NationalPoetryMonth “30 poems in 30 days”


OK, let’s do a simple little Japanese poetry form called a "Lantern Poem." When centered, the shape of this little poem resembles a Japanese lantern.

It is a five-line poem with very specific requirements. Please note that each line has very particular guidelines 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 first line is always a noun, with lines 2-4 describing that noun with 2, 3, then 4 syllables, and the LAST line ends with ONE syllable that is a SYNONYM for the noun in line one, as follows:


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)


Need some help coming up with synonyms? Thesaurus ~ Synonyms


  Examples of Lantern Poems:  

    Always there
  Can depend on

                                   © 2014 Stephanie Abney



Forty Winks


© 2016 Stephanie Abney

  Eternal love
                        © 2020 Stephanie Abney



Broadens my view
         © 2023 Stephanie Abney

Now it’s YOUR TURN!! 


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