WHITE SPACEWhite space is that area of a poem that is used to either set the type/words to correct positions in a concrete or shape poem (also known as carmen figuraturum), used in the place of punctuation or simple line breaks, or used to add more time between words and ideas. In other words, it's a term used to describe where tangible words "are not". ABECEDARIAN/ Abecedarium & ABCThe abecedarian is an ancient poetic form guided by alphabetical order. Generally each line or stanza begins with the first letter of the alphabet and is followed by the successive letter, until the final letter is reached, thus using the whole alphabet. It also must be written about only one topic. The earliest examples are Semitic and often found in religious Hebrew poetry. The form was frequently used in ancient cultures for sacred compositions, such as prayers, hymns, and psalms. There are numerous examples of abecedarians in the Hebrew Bible; one of the most highly regarded is Psalm 118 (or 119 by King James numbering). It consists of twenty-two eight-line stanzas, one for each letter of the Hebrew alphabet. Abecedarian poems are now most commonly used as mnemonic devices and word games for children.An abecedarian poem is similar to the ABC poem but uses all the letters in the alphabet. It starts with "A" and works all the way down to "Z".
Below is the poem entitled My A - Z Affairs which was written by poet
Richards. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.
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All my energy went into pleasing the other,
belatedly I’ve realized he didn’t bother.
Cozier prospects have lured him from afar.
Doors miraculously opened and left ajar,
empowering me to hold my head high,
for now I’m fending for myself and fly.
Going wherever I pleased, whenever,
holding council with the artistic, clever.
“Intellectually challenged” his badge;
Joker and the jester: general adage.
Kindness has been bestowed on me.
Love and compassion had set me free.
Meeting you – my perfect match,
never thinking of myself as a catch.
Over the moon I was the day we met,
perhaps a bit apprehensive and did fret.
Questioning – understandably on my guard;
responding to you, my heart no longer hard.
Softly spoken and a perfect gentleman.
Tears are not the prerogative of woman.
Unconditional love offered from the onset,
vowing to cherish and honour – future set.
Wedding bells soon rang; custom never fail.
Xebec restored and ready for pleasure sail:
You’ve the ability to amaze, do not scoff.
Zeal, on your part, finally had paid off.
[Poetry form: Abecederian] - I used "ABC" as PS do not have the option of "Abecederian". This is very distinct from an ABC poetry form. Please see the About section for details.
This is, also, an example of a Concrete poem, where the “face” is in counter-relief, utilizing the white space, ie on the right hand side of the poem, in profile.