Poetry Definitions and Experimentation, Part 2

I’m becoming more and more obsessed with writing poetry.  I’ve recently been experimenting with rhyme scheme.  Oh my word, it’s so much fun!  I’ve also been trying some meter on for size.  It’s also a lot of fun.  So, without any further ado (because I know there’s already been a few weeks of ado–meaning, I didn’t get this next part out in a timely manner), some more poetry definitions.

  • Dactyl–a type of foot that consists of 3 syllables: the first is stressed syllable, the second is unstressed, and the third is also unstressed.  Example: HALF a league/ HALF a league/ HALF a league ONward (from Alfred Lord Tennyson’s “The Charge of the Light Brigade”).
  • Anapest–a type of poetic foot that consists of 3 syllables: the first two are unstressed, and the third is stressed.  Example: In the MIDST of the WORD he was TRYing to SAY / In the MIDST of his LAUGHter and GLEE / He had SOFTly and SUDDenly VANished aWAY / For the SNARK was a BOOjum, you SEE (from Lewis Carroll, “The Hunting of the Snark”).

{The examples for anapests and dactyls were taken from Your Dictionary.}

And now, for the poetry type of the day… *drumroll*

Limericks:

A limerick is a five-line poem with the rhyme scheme AABBA.  They usually are funny and nonsensical poems, and they’re a lot of fun to write.  I wrote…kind of a lot of these, so hang in there. 🙂

There once was a girl named Joy,
Who hated ev’ry little boy,
So all little boys,
Made lots of noise,
And tried Joy to annoy.

And another…

My name is Johnny Bill,
My best friend’s name is Jill,
I changed my mind,
Don’t like her kind,
Now Jill I’m gonna kill.

Here’s another one:

There one was a fellow, Tom,

Who made quite a large bomb,

He didn’t know,

That it would blow,

Then Tom was spanked by Mom.

And yet another…

In a dank, dark cave

There lived a boy named Dave, 

When he had to eat,

He caught bats and beat

Their heads on the wall of the cave.

Hope you’re laughing by now…(and not thinking I’m an absolute idiot XD ).

All right, that’s all for today.  Please check back soon for the next part of this series (which will hopefully contain a sonnet)!

 

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Pictures, Universal Truths, and Springy Poetry

Spring is coming quickly!  Do you know what that means?  Warm weather after a long gray winter.  Flowers of all colors.  Bright, sunny days.  Green trees and grass.

God’s creation is so unbelievably beautiful.  It’s amazing.  Each season is unique in itself, and each season brings different joys and beauties.  God knew that after a long winter we’d need a season of beautiful renewal.  And it’s interesting that God chose this season for Jesus to die and be resurrected, renewed.  In fact, the spring season reflects God’s renewal (well, not renewal…newal…) of our hearts when He saves us.

Here are some pictures I took on a glorious Spring day recently.  Yeah, we serve an AWESOME God. 🙂

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Dark trees of shadow, 

Before a long green meadow,

The sky is bluer than Blue,

And white sunlight peeks through. 

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The green grass streaks,

Purple flowers like mountain peaks, 

The soil Spring’s flowers adorning, 

Replacing winter’s gray mourning.

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Mud preserving perfect tracks, 

These little prints tell all the facts,

Raccoon or cat or maybe deer,

At these old tracks I like to peer. 

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Still winter most ev’rywhere,

But look, there’s some green there!

Little patches of green,

Through brown leaves peeking can be seen.

The True Reason for Easter

Believe it or not, Easter’s not about candy and bunnies who bring you chocolate and eggs.  It’s not about egg hunts or Easter baskets.  It’s about Jesus.  Jesus ROSE FROM THE DEAD ON EASTER!  Yeah, sure, we say it all the time.  Like it’s no big deal.  Because we’ve heard so many times.   But stop and THINK for a moment.  Jesus was DEAD.  Jesus came BACK TO LIFE.  That is the POWER of God!!!

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By the way, you should watch this movie.  It’s amazingly awesomely good!

Jesus, Jesus,

You saved me from death.

Why? Why me?

I’m sinful.

I’m broken.

I’m awful.

I make the wrong choices.

There is no good in me.

But still you love me!

But still you pursue me!

You took the cross,

You carried it for the world.

You were tortured,

Humiliated,

For the world,

For me.

Then you rose,

Victorious,

From the grave,

You came alive again.

Alive.

Not Dead.

Jesus is alive.

GOD’S NOT DEAD; HE’S SURELY ALIVE.  HE’S LIVING ON THE INSIDE, ROARING LIKE A LION (from Newsboys’s song “God’s Not Dead”).

Take the time this Easter to think about what Jesus did for the world.  Take the time to worship this AMAZING God we serve!

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever should believe in him shall not perish but have everlasting life. ~John 3:16

For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world but to save the world through Him. ~John 3:17

 

Poetry Definitions and Experimentation, Part 1

I’m a poet.  Not a professional one…by no means.  But I love words.  So please enjoy this post (and the ones following) where I’m going to walk you through some common types of poetry that I’m experimenting with.  Feel free to post your own poems in the comments!

Here are some poetry techniques you should know before we get started (because I might refer to them):

  • Rhyme scheme–the rhyming pattern used in a poem.  Letters are used to indicate the lines that rhyme, and the lines that don’t.  For example, in the poem “The Night Before Christmas,” the rhyme scheme in the first four lines (‘Twas the night before Christmas / When all through the house / Not a creature was stirring / Not even a mouse) is ABCB because the second line and the fourth line rhyme, but the first line and the third line don’t.
  • Meter–a unit of rhythm in poetry, the pattern of the beats. It is also called a foot. Each foot has a certain number of syllables in it, usually two or three syllables. The difference in types of meter is which syllables are accented and which are not. [definition from Your Dictionary] …So here’s where it gets a bit complicated: there are different types of meter:
    • Iamb–a type of foot that consists of 2 syllables: the first is unstressed and the second is stressed.  Try saying this line (the stressed syllables are in capitalized and bolded): I NEver SAW a PURple COW (from Gelett Burgess’s poem “I Never Saw a Purple Cow”).
    • Trochee–a type of foot that consists of 2 syllables: the first is stressed and the second is unstressed (so the opposite of an iamb).  Try saying this line out loud (again, the stressed syllables are capitalized and bolded): DOUble, DOUble, TOIL and TROUble (from Shakespeare’s Macbeth).  Are you getting it?

 

Free Verse Poems:

This is a poem I wrote about snow and how beautiful it is.  A free verse poem is a poem that has no limits on what you can do in the poem.  So basically, the author of the poem can do whatever they want regarding rhymes schemes, meter, etc.!  This is probably my favorite poetry form because I love the freedom it allows you.

Winter tree branches bare,            A

Bleak and gray everywhere,        A

Then comes snow,                          B

The world feels,                               C

White and clean instead of bare. A

So this poem does have something of a rhyme scheme (AABCA).

I also wrote some other free verse poems, which I won’t post here.  If you want to read them, see the “Writings” page at the top of the page.

And now for a famous free verse poem:

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Alrighty!  That’s it for today.  Be sure to check back soon because I’ll hopefully *cough* have the next part up soon.

~gretald

 

 

 

Blog Update

Hello, wonderful people who look at regularly or follow my blog!

As you’ve probably noticed, I changed the theme for my blog.  It’s a little different, but the format of the blog is basically the same.  So tell me what you all think!  Please comment below if you have an suggestions and/or questions. 😉

Thanks!

~gretald

P.S. This is the 30th post on this blog!  Yippee. 😛

3 Reasons I Didn’t Like Mockingjay

WARNING [!]: There will be spoilers throughout this article. 

“Mockingjay” by Suzanne Collins was, to say the least, a let-down.  It was an entertaining book, but there was something missing.  That “something” was a clear Good vs. Evil theme.  Yes, there were self-proclaimed “good guys,” and there were definitely bad guys.  But the “good guys” were doing almost as much evil as the bad guys!  This is something, as Christian writers, that we clearly need to avoid.

So in a nutshell, there are three major reasons why I didn’t like “Mockingjay.”  Number one, there was, in my opinion, a major subplot unresolved by the end of the book.  Number two, it was difficult to identify the line between good and evil in “Mockingjay.”  And number three, it was over-the-top violent.

1. An Unresolved Subplot

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What happened to Gale? 

Maybe this wasn’t a big deal to everyone who has read/seen “Mockingjay,” but to me, it was a big deal.  Gale and Katniss were good friends.  Gale liked Katniss.  Katniss wasn’t interested.  This whole subplot was never resolved!  It was obvious that Katniss and Peeta would end up together, but Gale, who, in my opinion, was a pretty major character, was gone at the end.

2. Good vs. Evil Themes

Who are the good guys in “Mockingjay?”

Am I the only one who’s asked this question?  Who exactly are the good guys in “Mockingjay?”  Obviously President Snow is just plain evil.  But both sides of the war have two things in common: they’ll both do anything to win the war, and they both kill innocent people not involved in the conflict.  So you tell me: who are the good guys?  In my opinion, the answer is “there aren’t any.” People who kill other innocent people to win a war are not good.  So both sides of the conflict in “Mockingjay” are bad.  Maybe Katniss’s rebels are the lesser of two evils.  Maybe.  But it’s hard to tell.

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Whose side is Katniss on?

Good, of course, you say.  But are you really sure?  Katniss kills President Coin, whom she was supposed to support, out of anger, all because President Coin ordered bombs to be dropped on the Capital, and Prim was killed by these bombs.  Katniss has a choice–a choice of whether or not to kill the real bad guy, President Snow, who’s killed people and who created the Hunger Games in the first place.  Instead, Katniss lets her anger for President Coin get in the way, and she ends up killing President Coin instead.

So Katniss is on no one’s “side.”  Katniss is on her own side.  She’s really out for herself.  And she doesn’t seem to care about the fate of the innocent citizens of the Capital and the other districts at all.

3. Violence and Gore

“Mockingjay” contains lots of hurt and unnecessary violence and gore.  Prim and Finnick die gruesome deaths.  Innocent people die during the civil war.  And not only that, Katniss is mentally-unstable at the end of the book.  There is so much pain caused by the civil war.  And this pain is not resolved at the end of the book because Katniss is still suffering from these previous pains caused by the civil war and the Hunger Games.  Overall, “Mockingjay” is a depressing book, and it ends just as depressingly as it starts.