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Life is an infinite continuum, feeding on its own death. Our mortality, real and imagined, lives within. We can always see these truths with a discerning eye. The mirrored images that seem like two, are but one, a parallel universe whose paths cross like a wisp of wind, we are all of one time, like prose and poems written in separate centuries, but of the same struggle. There, always there, truth never hides, except for those who don’t seek it  for fear of what they might find. From light to dark we fly in different directions though toward the same destination. What matters is what we do on our flight. Do we see the paths of leaves as they float on the pond, the reflection of the sky beyond, and the trees, who have now shed their leaves but will reflect full in the spring; beneath the leaves, the roots of the lily pads  and the stare of a wary carp who looks from his world as we do from ours? We must find time on our journey to read, play a game, or simply sit and wonder at the marvels around us, for death will come in its own time…

Terzanelle (Hope) Contest


Blog Posted:11/15/2012 4:05:00 PM
Please double check your entries so they conform with the form---sorry, from now on I will be very specific because the soup form can be ambiguous on many occasions--which is a shame----most are correct except for the party crashers wink---please check--even if it closes I will give an extra day for you to edit----thanks

terzanelle is a poetic form combining aspects of the villanelle and the terza rima.[1][2] It is nineteen lines total, with five triplets and a concluding quatrain. The middle line of each triplet stanza is repeated as the third line of the following stanza, and the first and third lines of the initial stanza are the second and final lines of the concluding quatrain; thus, seven of the lines are repeated in the poem.  

Ok, here is your form:

A first a
B first b
A second a

B second b
C first c
B repeat first b

C second c
D first D
C repeat first c

D second d
E first e
D repeat first d

E second e
F first f
E repeat first e

F second f
A repeat first a
F repeat first f
A repeat second a

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  1. Date: 11/17/2012 8:39:00 AM
    Thanks, the description given on PS, does somewhat over simplify the form. I wish I'd known the real form when I sat down to write the poem originally, as it would have been a lot easier! Poem now edited and "hopefully" now fits the form!

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  1. Date: 11/16/2012 8:02:00 PM
    Pls let me know if I am wrong....The topic is HOPE...is this correct? I see the form--but want to make certain of the focus. Thanks Victoria

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  1. Date: 11/16/2012 1:36:00 PM
    Thanks, I was confused about how the final quatrain was supposed to be. i.e. the whole line or just an end rhyme. Got it now, hope I can finish my poem! :) Tanya

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  1. Date: 11/16/2012 2:34:00 AM
    Yayy.. i did some before.. hope mine is right; let me know, craig ( *cross-eyed*, lol)..:) huggs

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  1. Date: 11/16/2012 2:17:00 AM
    Thank you Craig, I was getting so confused, have alterred mine accordingly. I agree with you if you ask for something specific, then we should obey. LOL geez never thought I would agree to obey a man.

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  1. Date: 11/16/2012 1:25:00 AM
    Thanks Craig that make is a lot easier to understand xx

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  1. Date: 11/15/2012 9:45:00 PM
    Craig, is this a good example of what you're looking for? http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/20062 I am very confused. I see what yuu've posted here is from wikipedia. They have me cross eyed! Course, I'm knackered, which doesn't help. But I found this LOVELY terzanelle --oh, a humdinger! What do you think? Is it correct? I may give this a go, if you let me know. Thanks.

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    cornish Avatar craig cornish Date: 11/16/2012 9:11:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    You cross eyed---nope don't believe it!!
  1. Date: 11/15/2012 6:07:00 PM
    Craig...BUT the capital letter means the whole line repeats line 2 becomes line 6...the whole line repeats...its still not right above hon

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    cornish Avatar craig cornish Date: 11/15/2012 8:36:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Says the same as you say but in a different way-----see---line 2 repeats line 6---don't want your help here
  1. Date: 11/15/2012 5:31:00 PM
    The are 2 possible beginnings and end choices though PS may not show them aBA or ABA, bCB, cDC, dED & faFA or fFaA....[the capital letters are the repeat of the whole line, the small letter [a] means only that the line ends with a word which rhymes with /a/ etc.

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    cornish Avatar craig cornish Date: 11/15/2012 8:34:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    You run your contests and I'll run mine
  1. Date: 11/15/2012 4:37:00 PM
    craig, this is a VERY complicated form that took me hours when I composed my first and only one. I was surprised by how quickly your contest filled up and I just guessed that some of them could not be true to form for your contest to have filled as quickly as it did. Unfortunately i have been too busy to find time for it. And now that I will have time this weekend, I fear I will be too late. Dang it!

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