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Wednesday, 24 June 2015

New Poetry Form - The Big Boss

I may have invented a new poetic form. It may have been used by other poets, but I can't recall seeing it anywhere else. It certainly seems a bit too good for me to have stumbled upon it all by myself, but I thought I'd codify it here in this blog post, so other poets can have a go at doing it too. I call it 'The Big Boss', because, well, it's my form, and I can call it what I like. It goes like this:
  • 4 stanzas, 7 lines in each stanza
  • 4 syllables in the first six lines of each stanza, and 6 syllables in the final line
  • rhyme scheme is ABCBDBE, FGHGIGE, JKLKMKE, NOPOQOE.
Here are a couple of examples of Big Boss Poems. See if you can give it a go yourself (you can adjust the syllable count in some lines in order to maintain a consistent beat). I've found it to be a very effective technique when writing for younger children.


Tell it to the Dog

If you have had
an awful day
and all your woes
won’t go away
and no one wants
to come and play,
just tell it to the dog.

If everybody
picks on you
and all your plans
have fallen through;
if you feel lonely,
sad and blue,
just tell it to the dog.

They do not judge.
They understand.
They rub your leg.
They lick your hand.
If you feel lost
in no-man’s land
just tell it to the dog.

They keep your secrets
safe within.
They don’t care if
you lose or win.
So turn that frown
into a grin
and tell it to the dog!
 
The Day the Poet Came
The windows burped,
the hamster flew,
the walls spun round,
the grass turned blue,
things happened that
we never knew
the day the poet came.

 
The sky fell in,
the clouds dispersed,
the devils smiled,
the angels cursed,
the world inhaled,
began to burst
the day the poet came.

 
My desk became
a sailing boat,
an oak tree grew
inside my coat,
my friend got married
to a goat
the day the poet came.

 
The carpet turned
into a bath,
I think I saw
a pink giraffe,
but the strangest thing:
our teacher laughed
the day the poet came!

1 comment:

  1. Just came across this post and tried my hand at a Big Boss. I like what I came up with. Thanks for the prompt!

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