[Bards] Poetic Exercise #4

Biggs, Truly truly.biggs at hp.com
Wed Sep 24 07:13:55 PDT 2003

Sorry - that was more than two stanzas. Didn't remember that little
requirement till after I hit "send"







-----Original Message-----
From: Biggs, Truly 
Sent: Wednesday, September 24, 2003 9:00 AM
To: Jay Rudin; Ansteorran Bardic list
Subject: RE: [Bards] Poetic Exercise #4




Oh have I told you lately that

I so admire your style?

And have I told you truly that

Your verses make me smile?


This meter is your forte if

My memory proves true

I also feel at home herein

Because I learned from you


I know that you have told me that 

You do not have the time

To craft more poems and stories, or

at least - to make them rhyme.


And yet, I am your daughter, and

Some privileges this brings.

And I can ask such things of you

That you'd not do for kings.


If ballad form, or villanelles, 

Or triolets or worse.

I do not care what form you choose

Please - won't you write more verse?






-----Original Message-----
From: Jay Rudin [mailto:rudin at ev1.net] 
Sent: Wednesday, September 24, 2003 12:14 AM
To: Ansteorran Bardic list
Subject: Re: [Bards] Poetic Exercise #4


> But, er, this Iambic stuff has me molto confused.... Could you explain
it to me? Anybody?


Iambic meter is really easy, and in fact, Ulf explained it so briefly
that you missed it.


An iamb is a foot of an unaccented syllable followed by an accented one


An iambic line is several iambs in a row -- ta-DUM, ta-DUM, ta-DUM,


Ballad measure is all iambic lines, four feet, three feet, four feet,
three feet.  Most songs in English are in ballad measure.


ta-DUM, ta-DUM, ta-DUM, ta-DUM

ta-DUM, ta-DUM, ta-DUM,

ta-DUM, ta-DUM, ta-DUM, ta-DUM

ta-DUM, ta-DUM, ta-DUM.



The Baron was a bardic man; 

He knew the ways of verse,

(I wrote this poem some years ago,

This second one is worse.


But Ulfie wanted humor, so

I had to make it daft.)

And with those verses on his knee,

The baron sat and laughed.


Robin of Gilwell / Jay Rudin

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