A form of poetry created by poet Robert Keim in 2008. It is a 50-line poem of short phrases and images. The "Blitz" poem is well-named, as the fifty short lines are read in rapid-fire fashion. “The form really relies on sound and rapid "flow." ~Rob Keim.
Here are the rules:
- Line 1 should be one short phrase or image (like “build a boat”)
- Line 2 should be another short phrase or image using the same first word as the first word in Line 1 (something like “build a house”)
- Lines 3 and 4 should be short phrases or images using the last word of Line 2 as their first words (so Line 3 might be “house for sale” and Line 4 might be “house for rent”)
- Lines 5 and 6 should be short phrases or images using the last word of Line 4 as their first words, and so on until you’ve made it through 48 lines
- Line 49 should be the last word of Line 48
- Line 50 should be the last word of Line 47
- The title of the poem should be three words long and follow this format: (first word of Line 3) (preposition or conjunction) (first word of line 47)
- There should be no punctuation, except for an ellipse after the final two words in lines 49 & 50.
A blitz poem is a type of poem that has short phrases accompanied by images and has a rhythmic reputation and rapid flow.
This type of poem always begin with a short phrase, the next line begins with a different phrase but has the first word same as the one in the first line, each of the 48 first lines should be short and contain at least two words.
The phrases in the third and fourth line begin with the last word contained in the second phrase. The last word that is in the fourth line becomes the beginning word in the fifth and sixth line and this behavior continues in such a way that each subsequent pair begins with the last word that above them hence creating a pattern of repetition.
This pattern is observed through the forty-eight lines and when it reaches the last two lines, the lines repeat the last word of line forty-eight and the last word of line forty-seven. the title of this type of poem contains only three words and must have some sort of preposition or maybe have conjunction that joins the word beginning in the third line to the first word of the forty-seventh line in that order.
It should also be noted that the blitz poem contains no punctuation. this is because when reading, it is done very quickly and pausing is only done for the purposes of breathing.