[Bards] Poetic Exercise #4

Meggan Cividanes harperaria at yahoo.com
Tue Sep 23 20:06:43 PDT 2003

In chill of eve we set to flames
a pile of logs so bright,
that surely they would last throughout
the long watch of the night.

We lit it well, but were alas
too eager; stoked too hard.
And there is surely nothing worse 
than smoked and crispy bard.


> In a message dated 9/23/2003 7:39:26 PM Central Standard Time,
> ulfie at cox.net 
> writes:
> Exercise #4 asks you to write two stanza in the form know as
> "ballad". 
> It is iambic, as before (duh DUH duh DUH ...).  The first and third
> line
> are iambic tetrameter (four feet) and the second and fourth line are
> iambic trimeter (three feet).  The second and fourth line should
> rhyme. 
> To keep it just a little bit difficult, let's use nothing but perfect
> rhymes.  As for topic, write about a humorous situation.
> We built this ship with our own hands,
> Olaf, Ivar and Me.
> To emulate the heroes bold
> And sail across the sea.
> Now as we sink below the waves.
> Here in this hour of need.
> I wish we'd used a few more nails,
> And drank a lot less mead.

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