Bakers Dozen: Creative Writing Workbook (Chapter 9, page 2 of 2)

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Chapter 9

F. A limerick is another fun form of poetry. It is a five-line poem with a definite rhyme scheme and rhythm. In a limerick the 1st, 2nd, and 5th lines rhyme. Their rhythm is called anapestic meaning they have nine syllables and they follow (generally) an accent pattern of unstressed, unstressed, and stressed syllables repeated three times. Plus the fourth and third rhymes line. These have six syllables. The unstressed, unstressed stressed pattern twice. Here is an example of a limerick.

There once was a bad poet from town who handed his writings all around The town drunk read one aloud to some drunks in the crowd and then buried it six feet in the ground.

(Have you ever seen the movie Dead Poets? This limerick could star in the spin-off, Dead Poetry.)

G. A sonnet is more challenging. The English sonnet is most common. It has 14 lines with a rhyme scheme of ABAB, CDCD, EFEF, GG. The last two lines act as a summary or a conclusion. Sonnets deal with lofty themes (like love, nature, etc.) If you really want to do an even better job of writing a sonnet, limit the number of syllables in each line to 10. (Be thankful I don't make you write five iambs.)

H. Try a who, what, when, where, why poem which is a five line poem. The first line tells who, the second what, the third when, and so on.

I. Senses poem: Write a poem, rhymed or un-rhymed, which describes a place or event. At least 10 lines with two references to each of the five senses.

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