My Poetry Dictionary

I’d love to write a sonnet
While wearing an Easter bonnet

Or perhaps a villanelle
That would do as well

The problem I have with meter
Which is meant to make a poem neater

Is that I struggle to understand iambs
Those metrical feet, not of lambs

The tercet, quintain, and quatrain
Give structure to my creative brain

terza rima might morph from tercets
But that’s not as crazy as it gets

If I am really courageous
I might try a sestina, it’s not contageous

But poetry is if you write it too much
And find that the hearts of others you touch


Today’s NaPoWriMo prompt is to find a specialized dictionary, select at least 10 words from it, and write a poem using them. I pulled my copy of the poetry dictionary by John Drury off the shelf and wrote this ode to poetry. Selected words are italicized.


About Linda Kruschke

I am a Jesus Freak, and I don't care who knows it. I am a wife, mother, sister, aunt, daughter, and friend. My blood family is only part of the larger family of Christ that I belong to. I love to write, especially about my dear Savior.
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10 Responses to My Poetry Dictionary

  1. I love this poem and I love the part about iambs. I also struggle to understand them. 🙂

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  2. jazzytower says:

    This is fun, though I’d have to look up most of those forms:)

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  3. mtw says:

    this is such a quaint poem! i adore the bouncy rhymes and the fact that you used poetic terms as your dictionary selections; it’s quite appropriate, i must say.

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  4. Lavanya says:

    This is actually so good!! Loved it! 🙂

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  5. whimsygizmo says:

    Linda! This is crazy. I used the exact same source dictionary. 😉 And linked my poem right under yours. You’re the first blog I’ve visited today. Too funny. I love this. And amen to the sestina not being contagious. 😉

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