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*


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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