Formal Fluency: Line Break Challenge
|Apr 15, 2012
The line, as Lynne Rees argues in this essay in Frogpond Magazine, is "the fundamental structuring tool in writing poetry." This is true in traditional (formal) poetry, where the line is often the smallest unit in a poem, but it is equally true in more experimental forms like free verse or prose poetry.
In her essay, Rees includes a list of 10 "possible reasons for breaking a line," ranging from the organizational to syntactic, and explores them in more detail. Although this article is only discussing line breaks in haiku, all of Rees' reasons are equally applicable to other forms of poetry--or even the non-formal, as she herself notes.
For the mini-contest this week, you don't have to write haiku, but you do have to use at least 3 of Rees' reasons for breaking lines—either all in one long-form poem or in several shorter ones. Alternately, you can use the same reason 3 separate times.
Be sure to label your line breaks with the numbering system she uses, too. That is, if you're making a line break to "introduce a dramatic effect" put a little  after the end of that line, so I know that's what you intend it to do. Note that you don't have to use these numbers on every single line break, but If I see any entries that don't contain at least 3 numbers, I'll disqualify it.
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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 the Frogpond essay by Lynn Rees titled "Going Organic: Line Break in Free Form Haiku before participating.
Entries must be one long poem or three short poems, and must show at least three instances of Rees' line break reasons in the text.
Part of our mini-contests is sharing what you've learned: although it's not required, we'd appreciate it if you come weigh in on the group discussion thread here
Only one entry per member, please. Multiple entries will all be disqualified.
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