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I am English and began writing poetry at the turn of this century.My early interest was in short forms,.I created and promoted quite a few here on PS (perhaps my best known is the Footle).With encouragement from a member here I moved onto to longer forms,publishing my poetry in print,blog ,and twitter .I came to conclude that all poetry is structured prose and remains a work in progress until recited aloud, (the apex of our art form) when a unique experience 'an as is moment' occurs between voice and ear, much the same as the experience that happens when viewing a work of art

Check out my short forms @strandpoet on twitter some of my artwork to  accompany my youtube clips( entered as ichthyschiro) of my poetry recited aloud 





Blog Posted:3/19/2017 4:33:00 AM

Algernon C Swinburne the Victorian poet was very taken by alliteration and is a major aspect of his writings.Co incidentally alliteration was the form of my first poem(also the first one of mine to be chosen for publication ) .

I too like Algernon have had a number of poetic preoccupations with particular forms in my journey here as a poet.For some months in my early days here  I would confess I was absorbed by the five line lanterne form (and of course by the footle which I later created and introduced to the poetry world here and elsewhere .) I was pre occupied with short forms in general(imagist in particular)

With me ,my pre occupation with a particular form lasted until it had run its course and the' well 'dried up so to speak.

Did you (have you?) a preoccupation with a particular poetic form , if so why not share it in this blog and perhaps give us a good example from your anthology for us to all to share.

Here is that lanterne ,my first posting here in 2007 


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Date: 3/20/2017 10:06:00 AM
Hi Brian, I'm more comfortable with rhyme, any rhyming form will do:) but after joining PS, I've discovered many new forms and love trying my hand at them, though I still can't understand meter in poetry:( your Lanterne is great:) these short forms are quite challenging..
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Date: 3/20/2017 11:41:00 AM
Jo it is useful to understand or know some of the techniques of our art,but reading the poem out loud teaches more about cadence and pause which is the essence of what is in reality communication of one mind to anothers ear
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Date: 3/20/2017 11:33:00 AM
Thanks for sharing your experience Jo and thanks for your kind comment
Date: 3/19/2017 10:45:00 PM
I love discovering and trying new forms, and I usually use them for my contests. A couple years back I went on a Clerihew kick, then I tried Shadorma, Waltz Waves (which I love) and now am obsessed with the Pleiades. Triolet is a favorite also.
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Date: 3/20/2017 11:34:00 AM
Your experience sounds similar to mine Kim
Date: 3/19/2017 9:12:00 PM
Before PoetrySoup, I knew almost nothing of poetry. "Quatrain" - I knew what that was, as well as "Haiku," but that's really about it. I'd heard the word "Sonnet" but couldn't tell you what it involved - I had a vague assumption that they all were flowery/romantic. I love the very short forms - 1 to 5 lines - they can be so elegant and/or concentrated, graceful, pure. I think they are hard to "do" as far as sitting down to write one. Seems to me they start off better with some inspiration popping into your mind. I like the sonnet form - a good bit of work, but it's a nice overall length for a webpage and for an easy read.
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Date: 3/20/2017 5:14:00 PM
My reply below should have read 3 quatrains not 4 .
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Date: 3/20/2017 4:41:00 PM
A sonnet is almost always 3 quatrains and a couplet (14 lines) but there is one sonnet form that is 4 quatrains and a couplet and it is referred to as a heroic sonnet.
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Date: 3/20/2017 11:36:00 AM
I think Doug quatrain is a word for a particular stanza as well as a form on its own ie a sonnet is often 4 quatrains and a couplet
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Doug Vinson
Date: 3/19/2017 9:16:00 PM
Quatrains and basic, meat-and-potatoes rhymes will always have a place in my heart. Does anybody know the name of poems that are multiple quatrains, rather than just "quatrain poem" - which is all the internet gives me. Within quatrains it feels like AABB rhyme schemes lend themselves to faster paced reading, with ABAB being slower.
Date: 3/19/2017 4:39:00 PM
I like this blog, Brian because I become obsessed with forms but rarely, like with you, do they run their course. My first love, when I studied poetry, was the sonnet and to this day it is my predominate form to use. I became later fascinated with the following: triolet/ Rondeau/ Kyrielle and Quaterns, both very similar/ and in a more free verse vein: Etheree. In fact, I was so obsessed with that one I did a chapbook on it called For Love of Etheree. When I approach a theme, almost immediately one of these classic forms will emerge for me as the one to use for my theme. If not, I just do regular rhyme or perhaps free verse! Love your VIDUAGE. I never got into Lanterne, but I adore tanka/KU!
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Date: 3/19/2017 4:58:00 PM
Thanks for sharing these experiences Andrea
Date: 3/19/2017 12:03:00 PM
Brian..I am mostly pre-occupied when writing a sonnet.I am always concerned if I am feeling the correct sound where the stressed and un-stressed syllables ought to be.My foreign accent doesn't help..I do love sonnets..but my concern puts me off writing them oftenly.Well done..Interesting blog .:)Charma.
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Charmaine Chircop
Date: 3/21/2017 5:22:00 AM
Thanks Craig.I hope Tps can fix that for you dear friend.I love to learn more about sonnets.
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craig cornish
Date: 3/20/2017 4:37:00 PM
Charma, if you labe it as a modern/contemporary (free form sonnet) which in truth is a quatorzain ( a 14 line poem which does not follow the strict guidelines of the multiple sonnet forms)....you might be okay. It is not as simple as some might think. If TPS would reinstate my lifetime account which I voluntarily suspended, I would post a lengthy blog explaining everything anyone ever needed to know about sonnets---my favorite form.
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Charmaine Chircop
Date: 3/20/2017 2:02:00 AM
That's for sure,thanks :)
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Brian Strand
Date: 3/19/2017 4:56:00 PM
Yes Charma,just don't get stressed about anything.
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Charmaine Chircop
Date: 3/19/2017 3:52:00 PM
Just a question,pls,When writing free form sonnets,can it still follow the pattern of a shakespearean sonnet ,but just without the stressed and unstressed syllables.What I mean is,can I still follow the same rhyming pattern?.Thanks.
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Charmaine Chircop
Date: 3/19/2017 2:04:00 PM
Thanks for the idea Brian :)
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Brian Strand
Date: 3/19/2017 12:35:00 PM
Thanks Charma, not to worry ,exactitude is less important than content just labelled them as free form sonnet
Date: 3/19/2017 11:27:00 AM
Yes Jan, the footle pre occupied me for quite a while especially in its purest form unsequenced form.This is one of my earliest and still a 'treasure ' to me that I have often quoted as an example it reads... footle-BONNIE & CLYDE/ too snide/both died.The take up in many variations has been a delight and I dedicate one of my blogspot.com pages to it.
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Date: 3/19/2017 1:39:00 PM
Brian I would be HONOURED is you wrote for my contest - a string of 5 or or more footles of any sort is acceptable - they do not have to be linked as long as they are funny:-) hugs Jan xx
Date: 3/19/2017 7:26:00 AM
I wrote a number of Triolets to find my poetic feet initially. My latest one is "Annoying Annette" (3/4/17). Superficially, all is well with the lover, but read my notes to find that is probably not the case.
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Date: 3/19/2017 11:10:00 AM
Like your lanterne ' Lights'from your first page Julia
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Date: 3/19/2017 9:26:00 AM
Thanks Julia for sharing
Date: 3/19/2017 4:53:00 AM
I love writing with rhyme but have learned so so many forms since I joined PS and it has been an incredible learning experience for me. I love writing your fun footle form as the humour appeals to me. My favourite form has to be the limerick and many of my poems here will go into an e book:-) hugs jan xx
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Date: 3/19/2017 12:00:00 PM
Have deleted my footle entry Jan as I now see you are looking for a sequence of of five.(another senior moment I'm afraid)
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Date: 3/19/2017 11:33:00 AM
The clerihew also 'obsessed' me for awhile,which seems to suit me more than the Limerick
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Date: 3/19/2017 11:31:00 AM
Jan ,I have entered a different single footle ( to the one I quote above) for your contest and look forward to reading your contest winners thereof in due time
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Date: 3/19/2017 7:22:00 AM
Yes Jan ,having fun with poetry helps the workshop go round as it would in a night school class.
Date: 3/19/2017 4:57:00 AM
CLOWNING AROUND - bawdy limerick An impotent circus clown called Billy Tied balloons to the end of his willy To his great surprise His todger did rise But his girlfriend just thought he looked silly!

My Past Blog Posts

Date Posted: 1/21/2018 3:25:00 AM
MARK S a namesake I guess
Date Posted: 8/14/2017 12:04:00 AM
SAMUEL B addenda twenty three
Date Posted: 8/12/2017 12:06:00 AM
WILLIAM S master of the cinquain
Date Posted: 8/11/2017 12:55:00 AM
LANGSTON HUGHES a poet I choose
Date Posted: 8/10/2017 12:33:00 AM
THOMAS W so cool he broke the rule
Date Posted: 8/9/2017 1:05:00 AM
ELIZABETH D syllabics set free
Date Posted: 8/8/2017 12:14:00 AM
G H the master poet
Date Posted: 8/7/2017 9:30:00 AM
ROGER McG from my era you see
Date Posted: 8/6/2017 11:51:00 PM
RB with his reply
Date Posted: 8/6/2017 12:48:00 AM
EbB and her poem of love
Date Posted: 8/5/2017 2:18:00 AM
WB an accent for me
Date Posted: 8/4/2017 2:06:00 AM
EDWARD THOMAS with an as is moment
Date Posted: 8/3/2017 12:22:00 AM
TRUMBULL STICKNEY his name stuck
Date Posted: 8/1/2017 11:25:00 PM
NO WORDS NEEDED just a listening ear WS sonnet 129
Date Posted: 8/1/2017 12:04:00 AM
WILLIAM BLAKE a vocal take
Date Posted: 7/31/2017 12:32:00 AM
JOHN H his call said it all
Date Posted: 7/30/2017 12:14:00 AM
BRONTE which would you say
Date Posted: 7/29/2017 3:44:00 AM
PINSKY says it all for me
Date Posted: 7/28/2017 12:37:00 AM
Date Posted: 7/27/2017 3:35:00 AM
JAMES V EPIGRAMS style for me
Date Posted: 7/26/2017 4:08:00 AM
SEAMUS HEANEY another poet for me ,maybe thee
Date Posted: 7/25/2017 8:07:00 AM
CHRISTINA ROSSETTI a poet for me ,perhaps thee
Date Posted: 7/23/2017 3:34:00 AM
EMILY D the film
Date Posted: 7/22/2017 3:47:00 AM
MARIANNE MOORE a poet for sure
Date Posted: 7/21/2017 1:26:00 AM

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Finally Quatrainlove,passion
The Gift Coupletintrospection,nature
footle .. Footle !! Light Poetryfunny
Believe! Coupletdevotion,faith,inspiratio
Lavender Soap Narrativefamily,happinesseaster,
The Love Letter Quatrainlovelove,passion,
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Yesterday's Rain~ Coupletforgiveness,hope,inspirat
Winter Pond Free versenatureautumn,
Restoration Free versenatureme,me,
requiem to my hero Elegyloss
Bed of Roses Rictameterlove
Spring Tango Haikunature,seasons
Farewell, alas Free versedeath,i love you,
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Unconditioonal Love - the short version Rhymeloveme,me,
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The Red Rabbit I do not know?life,
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God's Orchard Senryuimagination
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When Violins Weep Verselost love,love
Where are you so soon, my love Quatrainlove,i love you,
Basho Senryudedication
Maxine Free verselove
Weather Observations Free versenature
Lovers Utopia Quatrainfantasy,happiness,imagina
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Nightfall Free verseimagination,naturebird,bi
Cricket Free versepoliticalred,
The Reader Free verselove,on writing and words
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My heart Quatrainfriendship,hope,loveheart
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Grandfather's Arbour (revised) Sonnet 
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