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2003-12-30 | |
The dictionary? That dry, watch-the-grass-grow kind of reading? Youâre not actually going to tell me to read the dictionary, are you?
Well, letâs try a single word:
ABECEDARIAN: adj. In alphabetic order.
Abecedarian poetry is usually free verse poetry, where each word begins with the next consecutive letter of the alphabet, and all 26 letters are used (making each poem 26 words long). As an example, take a look at the following two poems:
His Isaac James,
Kisses loving mother.
Papa quietly rounds
Sonâs teddy universe,
Xing yonder zenith
Above babyâs crib.
Grasping honor in journals?
Knowing labor makes neighbors
Writersâ x-rated yells,
Zip aimlessly by,
Each poem (including the title) has twenty-six words, arranged in order (itâs not necessary to begin each poem with the letter âAâ).
You might notice that Iâve gone a step further, and linked the titles of the poems. The first poems in this series are called âAfrican Bluesâ, âBlues Controlâ, and âControl Dadaâ. The three following the examples are âFare Gameâ, âGame Hunterâ, and âHunter Instructionâ. You get the idea . . .
The dictionary comes in handy for k, q, x, and z words, and sometimes, you just have to GET creative! Forms can also change. Notice that my first poem is completely free verse, but the second, âEntry Fareâ, contains internal rhyme (âlabor / neighborâ) and three sets of rhyming couplets. This structure is much harder, much more restrictiveâbut a good challenge!
Why not try one today? Or, if you prefer, try one of the following options:
1. Use 26 words, beginning with 26 different letters of the alphabet, but put them in any order.
2. Try a short poem to get used to it. Use the first ten letters and make a haiku. Use 14 letters and make a rhyming couplet.
3. Use reverse alphabetical order.
Now you know your A-B-Câs,
Wonât you write a verse with me?
Until next time, remember to
Copyright December 21, 2003 Charles Baker
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