Bakers Dozen: Creative Writing Workbook (Chapter 10, page 1 of 2)

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Chapter 10

Narrative poetry is poetry that tells a story. It is extremely popular, and almost everyone has read some of the famous narrative poems. Do "Casey At the Bat", "The Cremation of Sam McGee", and the "Midnight Ride of Paul Revere" ring any bells.

Narrative poetry has characters, dialogue, conflicts, plot, setting -- all the things we worked on in the first seven lessons of this book.

The who, what, when, where, why poem we wrote in the last section is an example of a shorter narrative poem.

The difference between a story and a narrative poem is that the narrative poem is in poetic form not in prose. It relies on rhythm and rhyme and is arranged in stanzas.

The poem has a plot, a sequence of events that take place and that present a conflict. Next, the poem adds complications. There are a climax and a resolution.

A. Write a narrative poem using the "I" viewpoint. Do a poem about meeting the perfect boyfriend or girlfriend. Divide your poem into stanzas of 4-6 lines. Use a definite rhyming pattern.

For instance, in every stanza, lines 2 and 4 should rhyme.

In Stanza one, introduce yourself and the setting.

In Stanza two, you meet this "angel".

In Stanza three, add that inciting element.

In at least the next two stanzas, add complications and suspense.

In the next stanza, write the climax of your story.

In the final stanza, wrap everything up.

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