Formal Fluency: Meter Challenge II
|Deadline:||Apr 29, 2012|
In a previous challenge, I had you all create a poem in strict iambic pentameter. Although that was useful in learning what meter is, and how to apply it, it’s not so useful in writing really great poetry. That’s because any poem which sticks strictly to one specific meter, and never employs any variation, is going to sound unnatural.
Switching up the meter is also a great way to emphasize lines—they’ll stand out from the rest of the poem subtly but effectively if you suddenly go from da DUM da DUM da DUM to da da DUM da DUM, or to any number of different stress patterns. You can also use rhetorical tricks (e.g. repetition of the same phrase in slightly different ways) or elision (e.g. don’t instead of do not) to vary the sound of your lines.
This week, then, we’re going to return to meter and learn a bit more about varying meter. We’re also going to return to the same source document from that earlier competition, Timothy Steele's "Introduction to Meter." If you took part in the first Meter Challenge, that makes your reading assignment for this competition everything from “THE EFFECT OF VERBAL, GRAMMATICAL, AND RHETORICAL CONTEXT ON ENGLISH METER” to the end. If you didn’t, you’ll probably want to look through the entire link unless you already have a good idea of how to create iambic pentameter.
Then create a poem (the length and form are up to you) putting what you’ve learned into practice, and post it using the “meter challenge II” tag by Sunday, April 29th at 23:59:59 UTC.
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Entries must be received before midnight of Sunday, April 15th (UTC time), and winners will be announced within one week of that date.
Entrants should read Timothy Steele's Introduction to Meter before participating.
Entries must be a poem of any length and form.
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