Monday, 18 June 2018

Counting Syllables


1, 2, 3 ,4, 10 Tetractys – and variations.


Once
I knew
how to write
a short, witty
poem, using as few words as I could.
Now I am often tempted to write more,
in an effort
to explain
some odd
thought,
one
which comes
unbidden,
but must be caught
before it fades into oblivion.

It struck me that writing to a syllable count, as instructed on Imaginary Garden With Real Toads, is simply another way of using Blank Verse, where lines of ten syllables are de rigueur... The above might be laid out thus:-

Once, I knew how to write a short, witty
poem, using as few words as I could.
Now I am often tempted to write more,
in a effort to explain some odd thought,
one which comes unbidden, but must be caught
before it fades into oblivion.

This does nothing to interrupt the rhythm of the words, but makes a great difference to the layout on the page. I wonder which your eyes find most pleasing?

6 comments:

  1. What?! Three posts all of a sudden?

    I realize the first form is artier but the second flows better. Less of a struggle.

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    1. Yay! I tried to reply using Google Chrome browser, but instead of the smiling face below this comment box, I had turned into a grey, anonymous square. Where that comment went, I've no idea... But as Jinksy, I can say "Good to see you, AC!"

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  2. I am, of course, a frustrated poet, having written about 40 of the things altogether in my 77 years. I like the first much better. The second is a paragraph that does nothing to inspire. The first, when read, produces a quiet satisfaction in my soul and a faraway look in my eyes.

    To Anvilcloud: Struggle is good.

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    1. My struggle with Google and Blogger, who appear to be dueling with each other, messed with my head - hence the three posts. I'm so glad one of the layouts here caused a far away look in your eyes. :-)

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  3. A wonderful poem, and I liked them both.

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  4. Thanks! Tetractys (1,2 or3) are fun to write. ♥ :-)

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