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NaPoWriMo Prompt 18

By on Apr 18, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off

For Day 18 of the NaPoWriMo challenge, of the many available forms and poetic terms starting with “P,” we suggest that “P” is for “Prose poem.” A prose poem is not broken into lines (although it may be broken into paragraphs), but it demonstrates other characteristics of poetry, such as figures of speech, diction, or other literary devices like alliteration. A prose poem typically emphasizes thoughts, ideas and imagery over story-telling, which distinguishes it from flash fiction. My suggestion for this exercise would be to begin with free writing and then...

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NaPoWriMo Prompt 17

By on Apr 17, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off

Happy Friday! On day 17 of the NaPoWriMo challenge, “O” is for “Ottava rima.” Unlike most western poetry forms, this Italian form is syllable based, rather than being based on metric feet. The poem consists of eight-line stanzas, with each line containing 11 syllables. In addition, the form uses the rhyme scheme ABABABCC. The page about the form at Poetry.com also contains links to several examples. The end result is a poem that feels more like natural speech and yet sounds more musical. Feel free to share your poem (or a link to your poem) in the comments. The...

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NaPoWriMo Prompt 16

By on Apr 16, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off

For day 16 of the NaPoWriMo challenge, we suggest that “N” is for “Narrative.” A narrative poem, simply put, is a poem that tells a story. Narrative poetry is one of the oldest genres of poetry, since telling stories in verse made it easier for bards, griots and storytellers to remember them. Why not try retelling, in poetic form, a family story you have told (or heard) many times? Then perhaps you could regale your family with it at the next big gathering. Or, if a family story doesn’t jump in mind, consider using someone else’s story: a story from the...

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NaPoWriMo Prompt 15

By on Apr 15, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off

Halfway through the month, how are you doing with the NaPoWriMo challenge? For those who need it, here’s a refresher: the National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo) challenge is to write 30 poems in 30 days. Ideally, a poet would write one a day, but many people find it’s easier to catch up with more poems on less busy days. Wild Violet has been providing daily prompts, but you can find a lot more information at the official site for the challenge, NaPoWriMo.net. At Wild Violet, we have been going through the alphabet to come up with prompts. It is in no way necessary to make...

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NaPoWriMo Prompt 14

By on Apr 14, 2015 in Blog | 3 comments

The day before taxes are due in the United States, how about an easier prompt? “L” is for “Lanterne,” a simple cinquain form, where the first line is one syllable, and each line increases in length by one syllable until the final line, which returns to one syllable. You can find multiple examples, at this blog, which demonstrate how this form could be well-suited for quick observational poems about nature. Feel free to share your poem (or a link to your poem) in the...

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NaPoWriMo Prompt 13

By on Apr 13, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off

For day 13 of the NaPoWriMo challenge, “K” is for “Kantan Chamorrita.”  Since “K” is another letter that is light on English poetic terms and forms, today’s form comes from the Chamoru natives of the Mariana Islands. The form refers to a rhyming debate, usually improvised and similar to “battle rapping” or poetry slams. You can approach today’s prompt in multiple ways: Write your own rhyming (or non-rhyming, if you prefer) response to an existing poem. Be sure to link to that poem if you share yours. Or, you could write a dialogue...

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