Writing Challenge: Blank Verse

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Douglas
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

Douglas
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,

the APPle BLOSSoms THAT aDORN the TREE
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.

Douglas
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?

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

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

Douglas
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.

Douglas
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.

Douglas
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?

Scribbler
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.
Meanwhile.....

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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