Writing Challenge: Blank Verse

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Posted at: May 27, 2008 at 11:29 AM 
Ferdinand has posted some blank verse: Apple Blossoms. This is a form of poetry which has a very strict meter (typically iambic pentameter), but no rhyme.

For those who thought a sonnet too challenging (I admit, it's a hard form to write), writing some blank verse might be a way of easing into the challenge.

You still need to write in precise meter, but you don't have to worry about a rhyme scheme. Plus there aren't any constraints on the number of lines.

Please try it out at least a time or two,
I think you'll find it most enjoyable,
Because you never have to think of rhymes
Or count with care the number of your lines.
~Edited by Douglas, May 27, 2008 at 11:30 AM

Posted at: May 27, 2008 at 11:55 AM 
And for any who have forgotten what iambic pentameter is, it's 5 iambs, and an iamb is an unstressed followed by a stressed syllable.

The apple blossoms that adorn the tree
And share their fragrances across the land,

and SHARE their FRAgranCES aCROSS the LAND

Rabbit Stu
Posted at: May 27, 2008 at 1:21 PM 
I much prefer an anapestic beat
Yet I shall write two blank iambic lines.

Posted at: May 28, 2008 at 4:00 AM 
A cup of coffee in my trembling hand,
A fresh brewed taste of heaven in a mug -
How else could caffeine addicts start their day?

Posted at: May 28, 2008 at 4:20 AM 
With a mountain dew?

Posted at: May 28, 2008 at 4:25 AM 
Within this thread it's only courtesy
To write your thoughts in blank iambic verse.

Posted at: May 28, 2008 at 4:30 AM 
And yes, you could begin each brand new day
With Coke or Pepsi or a Mountain Dew
If you could get your parents to approve.

Posted at: Jun 1, 2008 at 12:06 PM 
A lazy, sunny, Sunday afternoon -
On days like this I wish I was a cat,
Without engagements pressing on my time,
So I could curl up in the sun and sleep.

Posted at: Jun 26, 2008 at 9:12 AM 
Oh, how I wish for eloquence as grand
As that of Mr. Yeats who wrote the verse
I found today online, and post below:

The years like great black oxen tread the world
And God the herdsman goads them on behind
And I am broken by their passing feet.

Wonderful, no?

Posted at: Dec 9, 2008 at 3:03 PM 
Wonderful indeed! (Yeats that is)
I've been trying to write some blank verse, but I'm not happy with it yet.

The words I choose to write in verse that's blank
Into the line with awkwardness are squashed.
A suit ill-fitting, all the seams are stretched,
As themes and thoughts are lost in shapelessness.
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