The narrative poem can take many forms, but I would like to explore a very unique pattern, which I have used to create a new poetic form I call the ravenelle, in honor of the eerie poem whose structure it is based on. The basic format is trochaic, and while it may seem to be done in octameter lines, it is actually written by combining eleven tetrameter lines into six written lines of poetry in each stanza.
Sonnets are most often associated with Shakespeare, who popularized the art form, but they were actually first created in Italy over 300 years before the Bard’s birth. There are many forms, from the Italian to the Elizabethan, but most of these differences are in the matter of rhyming patterns. Before we examine the structure and examples, let’s review some terms. iamb: a two syllable patterned poetic foot consisting of a soft syllable, followed by a hard one (dee-DUM). Iambs are used to create iambic meters. pentameter: a metric line count for poetry that contains five poetic feet. In the case of iambic pentameters, this results in ten syllables. quatrains: stanzas consisting of four metered lines triplets: stanzas consisting of three metered lines couplets: stanzas consisting of two metered lines patterns: rhyming sequences, looking at the final syllable(s) in each line of poetry, and assigning them a letter value to show matching rhymes.
Most of us enjoy poetry in one form or another. I am going to attempt to lay out the basics of writing classical-style poetry in English, using standard poetry terms and references. This discussion will focus on rhyming, metered poems. Who am I? I am a novelist, yet the world of classical poetry has always fascinated me. My journey as an author, and I daresay a poet, is one that I hope never to complete. If you are interested in learning about classical poetry styles, methods, and patterns, then join me and let’s explore. I might have to hold your hand as we go since some of the terms we will use are intimidating (until you learn the simple meanings of them) and they scared me for a long time. Please keep in mind that the natural flow of poetic pronunciation and patterns will be influenced by your diction, and sometimes even your accent. This exploration will be done using the diction that comes naturally to me. I am from the Pacific Northwest in the United States, and I speak with no dialect or discernible accent (at least not to me).
Sonnets are most often associated with Shakespeare, who popularized the art form, but they were actually first created in Italy over 300 years before the Bard’s birth. There are many forms, from the Italian to the Elizabethan, but most of these differences are in the matter of rhyming patterns. Before we examine the structure and … Continue reading Exploring Classical Poetry Part 02 – The Sonnet
by Dusty Grein As heavy steps echo on wet cobbled stone, the townsfolk slam shutters, to keep out the night. The monster strides boldly. The darkness he owns as heavy steps echo on wet cobbled stone. Huge seeds of raw terror, in hearts he has sown; the bravest of men now sit huddled in fright. … Continue reading Heavy Steps on Cobbled Stone