Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Types Of Poetry ♥

Definition; A poem that tells a story.
+ Example;
Because I could not stop for Death,
He kindly stopped for me;
The carriage held but just ourselves
And Immortality.

We slowly drove, he knew no haste,
And I had put away
My labor, and my leisure too,
For his civilty.

We passed the school where children played,
Their lessons scarcely done;
We passed the fields of grazing grain,
We passed the setting sun.

We paused before a house that seemed
A swelling of the ground;
The roof was scarcely visible,
The cornice but a mound.

Since then 'tis centuries; but each
Feels shorter than the day
I first surmised the horses' heads
Were toward eternity.

Definition; A songlike poem about lost love, betrayal, death. It uses simple language & repetition.
+ Example;
I loved to watch that woman sew.
She let her hair grow long for show.
A riddle's a needle (the refrain might go)
And plainly said is thread.
-Robert Hass

Definition; A long poem that tells a story about a hero. It uses elegant language.
+ Example;
In the time of dreaming
Before the earth was old
Myths were in the making
Legends yet untold

Here began a story
Of one huge enormous frog
Solemn in his glory
He drank from every bog

Tiddalick the great one
Had to quench his mighty thirst
He drank from all the waterholes
So much he nearly burst

He drained the lake and river
The stream and billabong
Soon there was no water left
It was very wrong

Others now grew thirsty
There was no sign of rain
Hot sun scorched the arid earth
No water did remain

Tiddalick's swollen stomach
Was squelchy round and wide
He was so big he couldn't move
The water was inside

Animals assembled
Men gathered with them too
They had to end this great distress
And work out what to do

Boomerangs were useless
Spears bounced off his side
Getting angry didn't help
Even though they tried

The kookaburra had a plan
We need to make him laugh
To hold his side and open wide
We need to show some gaffe

If only we can do that
The water will pour out
We all must work together
To end this mighty drought

C'mon laugh you big fat frog
You're like a bursting pot
If only you could see yourself
Squelching as you squat

Tiddalick moved his mournful head
He had a doleful face
He didn't see the humour
Of smiles there were no trace

The kangaroo and platypus
Wombat and emu
All tried their best to make him laugh
But Tiddalick stayed blue

Some danced and some told stories
Others somersaulted
Tiddalick grew tired and bored
And slept when antics halted

The last to try was Norang the Eel
He was their final hope
He turned himself into a hoop
And wriggled like a rope

The rope stood upright on the sand
Then it began to spin
It went round like a whirlwind
Tiddalick began to grin

Then out slopped some water
Before it reached the sand
Man and beast began to drink
It worked like they had planned

But Norang went on spinning
Till he was scarcely seen
Tiddalick began to chuckle
It really made a scene

As his belly rumbled
The frog rocked to and fro
With his hands upon his sides
A stream began to flow

Tiddalick's mouth was open wide
With water gushing out
A surging tidal river
Spewed like a water spout

It swept away the animals
And covered all the sand
A shining lake of water
Had spread over the land

Now Tiddalick has shrunken
He's just a little frog
Who sometimes hides in desert sands
Or sits upon a log

Definition; A short poem that expresses feelings and thoughts.
+ Example;
In the song of life, all lyrics need a melody.

You are the lyric and you are the melody.
You are the lyrice of my heart and of my soul.

The beauty of rose, speaks a lyric of love.
Love, speaks a lyric of you.

The silent lyric of goodness, echoes from within you.
My heart speaks the lyric of love, to only you.

Let the words, the lyric, that bind, pass between us.
Let the lyric, of you, of me, be as one.

A million words I can speak of you and the lyrics
would be the same. I love you now, I always will.

Definition; A 14-line poem that follows an iambic pentameter, from unstressed syllables to stressed syllables; 10 syllables in a line with 5 of each.
+ Example;
From fairest creatures we desire increase,
That thereby beauty's rose might never die,
But as the riper should by time decrease,
His tender heir might bare his memory:
But thou, contracted to thine own bright eyes,
Feed'st thy light'st flame with self-substanstial fuel,
Making a famine where abundance lies,
Thyself thy foe, to thy sweet self too cruel.
Thou that art now the world's fresh ornament
And only herald to the gaudy spring,
Within thine own bud thy buriest content
And, tender churl, makest waste in niggarding,
(Pity the world), or else this glutton be,
To eat the world's due, by the grave and thee.

Definition; A long complex poem that celebrates a person or a thing. It uses elegant language.
+ Example;
Ode To Military Servive
They've fed me and they've clothed me.
I've learned to shoot a gun.
I've learned what "force march"
Really means.
Gee, but it's a lot of fun.
I've learned to walk guard duty.
And to jump at the sergeant's shout.
But, you know, even though it's so much fun,
I still want out!
Definition; A mourning poem about dead person.
+ Example;
Tent Revival
The others my age had grown to women
With their own men, houses, babies conceived
Here in last year's field - and here I was
Again, hipping Rose. The preacher cajoled
Me to be born again. Even in this
Heat, I was snow - blinding, deep - fallen pure -
And without sin, without breath, he could spit
In my eyes that I might see, and I would
See men - but they would look like trees, walking.

Definition; A poem that doesn't follow any rhyme scheme or meter but depends on its own sense of rhtyhm.
+ Example;
I am not a perfect girl.
My hair doesn't always stay in place
And I spill things a lot.
I'm pretty clumsy and sometimes,
I have a broken heart.
My friends and I sometimes fight,
And maybe some days nothing goes right.
But when I think about it
And take a step back,
I remember how amazing
Life truly is.
And that maybe, just maybe,
I like being unperfect.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

.:POETRY TERMS:. Lines ♥

Lots of words combined until it reaches its outermost part of the page and is followed by another line underneath. For poems, a new line starts when you press enter.

Anywhere you are, I am near.
Anywhere you go, I'll be there.
Anytime you whisper my name, you'll see.

How every single promise I keep.
Cos' what kinda guy would I be?
If I was to leave when you need me most.

[What Are Words - Chris Medina]

Well, technically speaking, without lines there wouldn't be a poem. It would just be a bunch of words jumbled together and continuing forever as one line. And that would still be a line, so without a line, there would be no words. Without words there would definately not be a poem.

.:POETRY TERMS:. Onomatopoeia ♥

A word written as how it sounds.

Buzz. Moo. Oink. Boom. Meow. Woof. Quack. Woosh. Bang. Boing. Kerplunk. Squish. Ring. Bam. Crunch. Crackle. Pop. Ding. Rawr.

I think the importance of onomatopoeia (gee, that's a hard word to spell) is that some sounds are just more fun to write out how it actually sounds. And I think poems are supposed to be fun, most of the poetry terms' importance are revolved around fun.

.:POETRY TERMS:. Assonance ♥

Also called vowel rhyme; a rhyme in which the same vowel sounds are used with different consonants.

Flash with a rash gimme my cash flickin' ash
Runnin with my money, son, go out with a blast.

I think it's important to use assonance because, like alliteration, it's fun and interesting. Reading it is easy, however writing it can be a trick. Assonance is just one of those things that doesn't seem so important, but without it, something's just missing. If you have the consonants sounds (alliteration), why not vowels?

.:POETRY TERMS:. Alliteration ♥

The repetition of the first sounds in words.

Alliteration? An author affliction and awful addiction, avoiding any actual achievement.

I think alliterations are important because they're fun to read. It's enjoyable to make one because  it requires creativity and words that go together that actually make sense. Alliterations, when read fast, can be a trick, which makes it more fun to read.

.:POETRY TERMS:. Meter ♥

An arrangement of words in regularly measured, patterned, or rhythmic lines or verses.

No I'm not bitter, I'm not mad.
Well maybe just a little, just a tad.
I know every apple here ain't bad,
But I found a worm in every single one I had.

We would all be happy, all be glad,
If sweet Mama Nature never had,
All these dirty little boys,
Who think girls are made for toys.

[I Hate Boys - Christina Aguilera]

I think meter is important because it makes the poem sound in place and not so jumpy. It also makes the poem sound neat and in order, and it's predictable what the next stanza is gonna sound like, or what the next rhyme is.

Saturday, April 30, 2011

.:POETRY TERMS:. Elegy ♥

A sad and mournful poem written to lament for the dead.

Do not stand at my grave and weep.
I am not there. I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on the snow.

I am the sunlight ripened on the grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awake in the morning's rush,
I am the swift uplifting rush

Of quiet birds of circling flight.
I am the soft star that shines at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry.
I am not there. I did not die.

[By Mary Elizabeth Frye]

I think the importance of elegies are that they honor the dead. For dead people want to be remembered, or at least not forgotten. Elegies show significance to the non-living.