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Form Poetry Basics-Acoustic

I love form or structured poetry. Lots of the poetry you see on writing sites is free verse, sonnets and a bit of other forms thrown in on occasion for good measure. Thereís nothing wrong with that as long as itís good but learning the forms can hone your writing skills in so many ways and itís a hell of a lot of fun to boot.

Iím not here to bore you with rules of meter, etc, etc, or to be a pedantic fool flaunting you with academic clap trap. Keep it simple stupid- thatís my mantraÖ

There are close to a hundred different forms and variations of poetry maybe more. For myself Iím fairly familiar with only around 15. In this series of articles Iíll go over the forms that Iím fairly proficient at. This can be a workshop of sorts. Iíll show the form
with an example , maybe a few rules and you can critique the piece and then try one of your own which will be critiqued in return.

The forms and variations in said forms that I will present in these articles are:

Acoustic
Diamente
Mono-Rhyme
Cinquain
Etheree
Rictameter
Clarity Pyramid
Triolet
Tetactys
Haiku and Senryu
Tyburn

Any writer whoís fairly proficient in other forms (such as Penelope who is a master at the villanelle as well as other forms) if so inclined can write an article on that form.

Iíll put up a new form each week--- I canít wait to get to the mono-rhyme with my fly poem itíll annoy the hell at of Pen.:)


The first form to feast our eyes on is the Acoustic- no need for words or rules on this itís self explanatory.


Acrostic

A fun form that hones your skills in word building and meanings


INTOLERANCE

Ignorance is a prerequisite
Negligent thinking- without an inkling
Tantrums and intimidation are its ways of persuasion
Obstinate seasoning - clouds all reasoning
Lackluster imaginings lacking spontaneity
Erroneous predilection-only fuels ones suspicion
Ranting and raving that everyone needs saving
Arbitrary selection - without sincere connection
Notorious and inglorious - not meritorious
Consuming tenacity with no sense of veracity
Exaggerated piety - a show put on for society


BLIND FAITH


Bewitching - not enriching
Ludicrous and ponderous
Illogical- not infallible
NaÔve- so easy to deceive
Devouring -not empowering

Fragile- so easy to break
Absolute conviction without restriction
Illusion , delusion, mass hysteria and confusion
Tenebrous epiphanies
Hollow dreams- misplaced memories



FAITH, HOPE, AND CHARITY


Fortitude with an attitude
Authenticity not complicity
Ideology not mythology
Trustworthy and reliable
Heartfelt and desirable

Homogenized doubt with clout
Obstacle but not impossible
Protection from dejection
Expectation with anticipation





Ceremonial generosity
Humanism is its philosophy
Alms and outstretched palms
Resolution for those in need of absolution
Inspirational, not sensational
Tax deduction, a nice seduction
Yielding to magnanimity


















------
nature weeps, the devil sings
at manís greed and pride
and what it brings

just lots of useless
little thingsÖ

"He was the brightest of all the stars
of heaven, and even ripped and torn
in half, he still shone with a fire of a
billion suns. With a mighty roar
and a Big Bang, he imploded and
exploded out of the nothingness; and
the flow of Time began.Ē


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The following comments are for "Form Poetry Basics-Acoustic"
by TheRedCockroach

Do you mean acrostic?
burning up
on fire
but not hot

( Posted by: Bobby7L [Member] On: February 8, 2011 )

Displeasure (Times Two)

Killer with conscience
Ghost like Chernobyl
Bad-seeds canary


orphan making very
rare real ordinary


Creepy beyond scary
In-lawed outside noble
Assassin trumped license


08.28-29.05

( Posted by: Bobby7L [Member] On: February 8, 2011 )

my turn
Caught in a web of distractions
Yyearning for pure interactions
Brute force wielded by factions
Earthlings are multiple contradictions
Reject truth being stranger than frictions

Beserk with no arms to charm
Usually the sod has sold the farm
Lighter on wit than a gendarme
Lest no one else sounds the alarm
You'd be wise to keep others from harm

( Posted by: Pen [Member] On: February 8, 2011 )

This is fun!


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Bea

( Posted by: Beatrice Boyle [Member] On: February 8, 2011 )

Yes-He-Can !



No-He-Cant !

Out in the states is a new kind of man
With speeches timed to perfection
Obama the man that-if-anyone-can
No fear of a big resurrection ?
He has the plan that defies-any-man
Canít see it from my perception

( Posted by: Fairplay [Member] On: February 8, 2011 )

Acrostic
Acrostic acrostic acrostic acrostic acrostic not an acoustic like a acoustic guitar.:(

Forgive me-it's Santo Nicola's fault he's not to familiar with the spelling of this dimensions poetry forms..

Seriously as a joke to myself I've been calling acrostics- acoustics as I call triolets toilets- One embarrassing moment but I'll live:)


My warmest
Bob

Love the acrostics shown so far-as well as Eric's fine poem but it's not an acrostic-

( Posted by: TheRedCockRoach [Member] On: February 8, 2011 )

I had a feeling
..Santo Nicola was behind the modified word..

This is a cool idea..

salute

( Posted by: Bobby7L [Member] On: February 8, 2011 )

Obama
Cheers Bob

My own structured poetry.... quite hard (for me) really

A first word column rhyming statement explaining its own ambiguity.

None-conformist

Eric

Overconfident
Bletherhead
Absolutely
Minging
Approach

Had to invent a couple of words for that one forgot his second name or it would be longer

( Posted by: Fairplay [Member] On: February 8, 2011 )

Re: Recruiting drive
Quote:
Any writer whoís fairly proficient in other forms (such as Penelope who is a master at the villanelle as well as other forms) if so inclined can write an article on that form.

I'm happy to oblige Bob and thanks for the confidence in my villanelle abilities. I've written over 50 of them since I tripped over one on another writers' site way back in early 2003. Never forgot how intrigued I was in that Blackbird villanelle. Thanks to the online author I discovered what a villanelle was and went off exploring the format.

Now I'd like to nominate Lucie for the sestina. She taught me everything I know about that difficult format. I just tagged her Christmas sestina which is a masterpiece and yet isn't the one of hers I love best that she kindly shared with me when we were collaborating on writing them together.

( Posted by: Pen [Member] On: February 9, 2011 )

Basics
This is terrific - thanks for taking it on!

( Posted by: jonpenny [Member] On: February 9, 2011 )

yoo hoo Bob/Poeteye
Can I volunteer for another poetry form? The kyrielle. Written a few of those repeat style poems too.
Can I nominate Poeteye/Popeye for a sonnet? After all he says he thinks in sonnets.

( Posted by: Pen [Member] On: February 9, 2011 )

pen
Pen

with pleasure- any many forms that you feel comfortable with-

my warmest
bob

( Posted by: TheRedCockRoach [Member] On: February 10, 2011 )

so .. who's next
Maybe we should get a line up going so we aren't tripping over each other? Let me know when it's my turn Bob.

( Posted by: Pen [Member] On: February 10, 2011 )

Pen
You're up-I'll be putting up my articles once a week- meaning I put in in the box every sunday night-besides one can never have enough of a foam poetry workshop-


my warmest
bob

( Posted by: TheRedCockRoach [Member] On: February 10, 2011 )

okay
thanks Bob
I'm in need of a distraction.

( Posted by: Pen [Member] On: February 10, 2011 )

beasties-form poetry
Beasties

Bugs and bugaboos
Eating seething breathing
And a little bit of grieving
Salivating gyrating hip hop hopping monsters
That only a beastie mommy can love
Inhospitable and very pitiful with bloodshot
Eyes rotting gums festering wounds and
Sin stained souls that ties them forever to hell

( Posted by: TheRedCockRoach [Member] On: February 10, 2011 )

beasties- redo
Made a mistake - disregard top-


Beasties

Bugs and bugaboos
Eating seething breathing
And a little bit of grieving
Salivating gyrating hip hop hopping monsters
That only a beastie mommy can love
Inhospitable and very pitiful with bloodshot
Eyes rotting gums festering wounds and
Sin stained souls that ties them forever to hell

( Posted by: TheRedCockRoach [Member] On: February 10, 2011 )

done
Verily I say unto you
In a way that follows your cue
Left the site so I could pursue
Lots of work as was my due
An an effort inspired by you
Not one to shirk a see it through
Every effort was made to construe
Level best done for my latest debut
LitOrg hopper is it's patient pew
Each moment beats a drumming tattoo

I'll return to the front page
Now I'm back out of my cage

( Posted by: Pen [Member] On: February 10, 2011 )

Maybe lazy
Maybe we (I) have become lazy, that we write so much free verse. I have written (or attempted to write) structure poetry, but with little satisfaction or success.

But free verse can also be very effective, if other elements of poetry are applied with skill (methaphor, simile, repetition....).

The villanelle is one form that inspires and confounds me. I have tried many times to write villenelle, but always fall short of something I would be willing to share. I'll keep trying though.

Like your thoughts, and it does inspire me to stretch a little more and pay attention to my structure -- hope to post something structured in the future.

BW

( Posted by: BWOz [Member] On: February 12, 2011 )

collaboration
I love where this is going, and so quickly. A talent pool for me to drown in-and come back to life!

( Posted by: brickhouse [Member] On: February 12, 2011 )

psst ....on the QT to Bob
psst ... Bob ..

I think that someone wants to be invited to do the Limerick.

Linnie Red

She rightly points out that St. Patrick's Day is quickly approaching. I won't get into the red hair Celtic myth because I'm one of those polite Irish people who delight in sharing the lilt of the Limerick. I was going to step up to the plate on this style but would much rather share the stage.

( Posted by: Pen [Member] On: March 1, 2011 )

Limericks
Pen

Go for it- I'm lousy in Limericks but this is the time for it- St paddy wants you to show us the way...


my warmest
bob

( Posted by: TheRedCockRoach [Member] On: March 1, 2011 )

Not me!
I think Linnie red wants to be invited .. did you check out her article in Majestic? She's got it all ready to go. Perhaps she's shy? Needs an invitation?

( Posted by: Pen [Member] On: March 1, 2011 )

@Bob & Pen re: Limerick article
Ah-HAH! Caught you two talkin' 'bout me in front of my face!

Pen - thanks for the shout-out and the link to the column!

Bob - Needing a column topic for the month, I DID rather piggy-back on your poetry forms series. (No one has ever accused me of NOT being an opportunist!) However, I'm uncertain as to whether it would be right to cross-post the column on the main site or if I should just invite readers to read it within "Majestic". I'd tend to defer to Chrispian's and Sandra's judgment as to whether it would be "legit" to have it in both places. Chris/Sandra: what sayest thou?

( Posted by: LinnieRed [Member] On: March 2, 2011 )

@ Linnie Red
I think it would be super to have an edited version of your article here at LitOrg where we've all been hanging out. It certainly would widen the scope.

( Posted by: Pen [Member] On: March 2, 2011 )

Linnie
I totally agree with Pen- Loved your piece -put it up-


my warmest
bob

( Posted by: TheRedCockRoach [Member] On: March 2, 2011 )

Linnie's Limerick Lore
Both Chrispian & Sandra have indicated they have no problem with having my piece posted both in "Majestic" and on the main site with your other poetry form articles, so I'll do so. Bear with me - At the very least I'll have to reformat italics and hyperlinks, and in the meantime, The Day Job and The Only Cat are taking up inordinate amounts of my time. (TOC has been very high-maintenance lately, demanding near constant petting and playing. Being owned by a frisky cat is nearly a full-time job in itself!) I'll be honored to have my humble offering included in the series!

( Posted by: LinnieRed [Member] On: March 3, 2011 )

Hurrah!
Bless you Ms. Linnie Red! I'm so happy about this .. if you don't mind I'll leave my revised triple Limerick invitation to you in the LitOrg hopper. :-)

( Posted by: Pen [Member] On: March 3, 2011 )





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