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SAPPHIC STANZA - Poetry Contest


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craig cornish

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9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM

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What to Submit?

1 original, poem on the theme of .............NIGHT

I've said before that this is the most difficult short form that requires meter. However there is no rhyme.


1. Names included so if you are close I can help--If you are not close---welll

2. Research it yourself--it's good for the soul. This is one case where the soup explains it pretty well. Also look under resources and meter and foot in poetry to learn what trochee, dactyl and everything means---or forget it, it's up to you--See below for examples

3. The theme is NIGHT

4. Two verses maximum

5. I find that a good technique is to write it---wait a while then read it aloud to hear the intonations--we can force what isn't there, so ask a friend--and I'll try to help too.

Bold and bright the sun rises slowly higher,

Blinding beauty capturing bowing birches,

Winter's final waltz on the breath of springtime,

       Prancing on tiptoes.

        RED cheeked/BOY friends/TEN der ly/KISS me/SWEET mouthed
        UN der/BOUL der/COV er lets/WIN ter/SPRING time
        HUG me/NAk ed/LAUGH ing and/TELL ing/GIRL friends
                 GOS sip til/AU tumn

So three lines are /_   /_   /_ _  /_  /_
And the final line is /_ _  /_

Red cheeked boyfriends tenderly kiss me sweet mouthed
under Boulder coverlets winter springtime
hug me naked laughing & telling girl friends
gossip til autumn

More examples of correct form

The Australian poet John Tranter has also written a poem ("Writing in the Manner of Sappho") in two Sapphic stanzas about the difficulty of writing Sapphics in English:

Writing Sapphics well is a tricky business.
Lines begin and end with a pair of trochees;
in between them dozes a dactyl, rhythm
rising and falling,
like a drunk asleep at a party. Ancient
Greek — the language seemed to be made for Sapphics,
not a worry; anyone used to English
finds it a bastard.


Whatever is merited

Preparing Your Entry

Submit one copy of your poem online. Format your poem. Please make your entry easy to read — no illustrations or fancy fonts. 

English Language

Poems should be in English. Poems translated from other languages are not eligible, unless you wrote both the original poem and the translation.

A Note to Poetry Contestants

You are welcome to enter this contest, whether or not you won a prize in one of my previous contests.