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Do you 'get' poetry?
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lyonesse From: lyonesse Date: May 13th, 2011 11:46 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Well...

robert hayden is amazing.

my usual first-poets-for-newcomers are billy collins, marilyn hacker, and wb yeats.

if you prompt me with an elven form i will write you a poem :)
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: May 14th, 2011 05:34 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Well...

>> if you prompt me with an elven form i will write you a poem :) <<

The scroll verse, or scroll poem, is similar to an envelope stanza (which rhymes abba) but with a lot more rhymes. Lay out the alphabet with a rhyme for each letter, and then mirror it. All 26 rhymes have to be different. A human will only be able to hear the rhymes in the middle where they are very close to each other (xyzzyx) but an elf can remember the whole batch.

There's a connection with the actual letters too, although I haven't finished figuring it out yet. There may be multiple variations. I'd bet on either alliteration/assonance, initial line letters, or the line's letter appearing in the rhyme word. Take your pick, you've got wiggle room here.

Yes, I like forms so much that I import them from other dimensions. This one is from Hallelaine, my main fantasy world.

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