[Bards] Poetic Exercise #4

Gerald Norris jerryn at houston.rr.com
Wed Sep 24 06:58:53 PDT 2003

I'll sail tonight on bardic seas,
my rudder set within it.
I'll lead with songs I sing with ease,
and I will soon begin it.

But muses flee, the lyric's lost,
the words a stormy swell,
And so I recognize my lot
to be in bardic hell.


> -----Original Message-----
> From: bards-bounces at ansteorra.org [mailto:bards-bounces at ansteorra.org]On
> Behalf Of Ulf Gunnarsson
> Sent: Tuesday, September 23, 2003 7:38 PM
> To: Ansteorran Bardic list
> Subject: [Bards] Poetic Exercise #4
> To this point, there has been no requirement of end-rhyme. End-rhyme is
> where the words at the end of two lines rhyme, such as in "Roses are
> red" and many nursery rhymes.  Rhyming as we know it today was not used
> often in early times.  It started to grow in popularity after the
> millennium, and predominated poetry by the High Middle Ages.
> 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.
> An example:
> My love is all alone this night,
> Her bed an empty sea,
> Where once the storms of passion blew
> And carried her to me.
> She lies in sleep so well reposed,
> A smile above her chin.
> And if I beg forgiveness true
> She might let me back in.
> Ulf Gunnarsson
> _______________________________________________
> Bards mailing list
> Bards at ansteorra.org
> http://www.ansteorra.org/mailman/listinfo/bards

More information about the Bards mailing list