Friday, October 27, 2006

Poetry At the Edge of the Comfort Zone

This week I have been trying to get my head round prosody, which is the study of rhythm, meter and intonation of a poem. I can understand iambic pentameter (a line consisteing of five feet or iambs) but I am finding it hard to get to grips with all the other terms and how they work - like the trochee and the spondee.

My task for the week is to write a poem of at least 14 lines in iambic pentameter. It should be simple enough but somehow I just can't get to grips with it. I like to read rhythmic rhyming poetry (like the Lady of Shallot) but I guess at heart as a writer I am more of a free verse kind of girl. I am sure that I will get to grips with it eventually but right now at I am at the limits of my comfort zone. I guess that is where the real learning begins.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

I've never had a head for writing poetry. To me, that's so much harder than just... well... writing. So I have great respect for those who can:)

pupski said...
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pupski said...

thanks - it's funnysometimes i find poetry easier - it's a good way of getting out pent up emotion.