Bakers Dozen: Creative Writing Workbook (Chapter 9, page 1 of 3)

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Chapter 9

There are some easy-to-write short forms of poetry. Some of those follow.

A. Haiku -- an ancient form of poetry which follows these guidelines.

1. A 3-line poem about nature 2. It is a "word" snapshot trying to capture one moment in time 3. The first line has five syllables 4. The second line has just seven syllables 5. The third line has just five syllables One of the Haiku I wrote was published in a magazine called Dragonfly Quarterly.

The inspiration first came to me one brisk, fall night at about dusk. We lived out in the woods, and this particular night I heard a coyote.

Coyote's wail shivering in the gray dusk lingers on cold air.

Now, you write one.

B. Another form of fun poetry to write is terse verse. This kind of poem has a really long title and a short stanza: a rhyming couplet.

What the Bored Student Called His Teacher Who Liked to Talk Way too Much: Preacher Teacher.

C. Another short form is called the Cinquain (a five line poem)

1. One variation on the Cinqauin uses syllables. The first line uses two syllables, the second line uses four syllables, the third line uses six syllables, the fourth line uses eight syllables, and the fifth line uses two syllables.

2. Another form of the cinquain uses the first line to use one word naming an object. The second line is two words describing the object.

The third line is three words describing an action associated with the object.

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