[Bards] Poetic Exercise #4

Marie Adams marie.adams at visionoflove.net
Thu Sep 25 12:11:55 PDT 2003

My blade finds my opponent's heart
And sends him to the floor.
He rises---I cannot believe
He's coming back for more!

This rhino won't yield, even when
I drive him 'crost the yard.
When we come off the field, I hope
The marshall shreds his card!

Here's a bonus one as well; it's not about anything in the SCA, but it's
the first one I thought of, so I might as well include it.

My little one awakes and cries
For sixth or seventh time;
At this point, I could cry myself,
She's robbed my sleep sublime.

By four a.m., I feel half dead.
If she makes one more peep,
I'm elbowing her father, then
I'm going back to sleep!

Any other moms out there identify with that? ;-)
P.S. Ulf, thanks for starting this whole thing; before you did, I never
thought I could write much poetry, but I guess I was wrong. And this is
one of the very few times I don't mind being wrong!

On Tue, 23 Sep 2003, Ulf Gunnarsson wrote:

> 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
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