Posted by: Shara | June 21, 2011

The Master’s Irony (New Poetry Form)

I find it ironic that I created my own poetry form, and that I have yet to master said form!  To create and not be a master of that creation, creates all sorts of interesting metaphors, life lessons, and possibilities.  In the meantime, I just want to get it down, because I think there is so much potential with this form.

The form is called a Cinqora.  Cinq is five, and ora comes from orare (old French for speak or spoken).  So it is meant to translate as “five spoken.”  The form comes as 3 stanzas of 5 lines each, with each line having 5 syllables.  The rhyming format is abcde, repeated thrice.  I have checked many places… as far as I know, this is an original of mine.  (Yes, if anyone comes up with consistent evidence that this was done elsewhere, please let me know.  But it needs to conform to all of the requirements here.)  The other part of the ideal form of this poetry type is that, if each three-line rhyming set were to be removed, they could each make a distinct poem on their own.  This is a lot to work with when writing.  I apologize for possibly double posting, but I am putting up the two here that I have written in this form for examples.

Don’t Be A Hamlet!

“Don’t be a Hamlet!”
I said to my friend.
“Think through this with me.
Wait to criticize;
Find choices to glean.”

“Get your mind’s course set;
Pursue to the end.
Act decisively!
Try to analyze,
But stop at extreme!”

“Don’t end in regret
With the point you send.
Shun hesitancy.
This path keeps you wise;
No road in-between.”

This is the original format of the poetry.  3 stanzas.  5 lines in each stanza.  5 syllable counts in each line.  abcde rhyme scheme in each stanza.  Now let’s separate the lines out.

“Don’t be a Hamlet!”

“Get your mind’s course set;
“Don’t end in regret

I said to my friend.

Pursue to the end.
With the point you send.

“Think through this with me.

Act decisively!
Shun hesitancy.

Wait to criticize;

Try to analyze,
This path keeps you wise;

Find choices to glean.”

But stop at extreme!”
No road in-between.”

Yes!  It worked!  AND, I created a new phrase, Don’t be a Hamlet!  So, after all that work, it was successful.  Now to post the second attempt to see.  This one is fantasy based poetry.  Just as an fyi, no, this is not a poem about drugs.  “Dust” refers to fairy dust.  Wild = 2 syllables.

Night’s Playground

See with dusted eyes,

Faeries dance and play.

Peek between the clouds

As wild hearts thrum

To exotic flair.

 

Flit through star-lit skies,

Shone in bright array,

Backdrop for the crowds

Spinning in mused hum,

Enjoying night’s air.

 

Dreaming butterflies,

Flowers in bright sway,

Gather with heads bowed.

Queen nods with aplomb,

Blessing grand affair!

 

Fairy poetry, old school style, and hopefully painting bright images for you.  Now to break this one down.

See with dusted eyes,

Flit through star-lit skies,

Dreaming butterflies,

 

Faeries dance and play.

Shone in bright array,

Flowers in bright sway,

 

Peek between the clouds

Backdrop for the crowds

Gather with heads bowed.

 

As wild hearts thrum

Spinning in mused hum,

Queen nods with aplomb,

 

To exotic flair.

Enjoying night’s air.

Blessing grand affair!

Got them all but the last one!  DOH!  So, this one needs to be reworked.  Alright, now all of YOU have a challenge!  Write a poem in this form!  When you have done it, add a link to the poem in a comment connected to this one!  Then we can come and have a looksee!  I would love to see what you all come up with!

 

 

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Responses

  1. Don’t be a small town or village…? 😀

    • I know this might be a tease, but you made me realize that some people might not actually know the reference. This is about Shakespeare’s Hamlet, and the reference is because the character can’t decide what to do. He overthinks everything to the point of inaction or wrongly timed reaction. In the end, everyone dies because he bungles up all of the thoughts he tried to put into action. 🙂

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