Hello all, Gayle here as your host tonight and welcome to dVerse’s Meeting the Bar where we will be trying our hand with a form called The Alouette.
The Alouette was created by author, Jan Turner, who has created numerous poetry forms, some of which we’ve covered at dVerse. You can find many of her forms at Shadow Poetry. This form consists of two or more stanzas of 6 lines each (sestets) with the following set rules: Syllables/Meter: 5, 5, 7, 5, 5, 7 Rhyme Scheme: a, a, b, c, c, b The name is a French word meaning ‘skylark’ or larks that fly high. The word ‘alouette’ can also mean a children’s song (usually sung in a group), and is reminiscent of the style of short lines used for their lyrics. Preference for the meter accent is on the third syllable of each line but I won’t hold you to it. Here’s an example:
See pink parasols
blown against the walls…
pleated pinwheels turning ‘round.
In the springtime breeze
fragrant floras tease
as new bulbs pop from the ground.
Cherry blossoms fall…
petals from the tall
tree that stands on Potters Lane.
There’s a wishing well
where I sit a spell
and I prop my wooden cane.
Though the autumn years
of my life bring tears
for old friends who now are gone,
my heart’s here in spring
where the robins sing
in these early hours of dawn.
I am in the pink
as I sit and think
underneath Yashino’s shade,
for I feel them near…
ones who were so dear,
who now in the ground are laid.
See the world renew!
See the heavens brew
up a palette full of joy;
someone’s swinging now
underneath that bough…
just a happy little boy!
Copyright © 2009 Jan Turner
Among other sites, Rhyme Zone is one of my favorites for finding rhymes, almost rhymes and much more. It comes in very helpful when needing to rhyme words.
So, as a recap, we’ll be counting syllables and doing some rhyming in the format of a sestet for each verse. Write as many verses as you would like (but at least two) for your poem.
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Good afternoon poets and welcome to dVerse where we will learn a new form today! I’m working the bar today…orders will be served up shortly.
Björn Rudberg (brudberg) said:
Something warm… can you fix me a hot chocolate?
Coming right up, Bjorn…you’ll need the warmth from all that snow that fell on your area!
Björn Rudberg (brudberg) said:
Hey all.. and greetings from a very snowy Sweden… 40 cm fell in less than 24 hours but still people go to work (and planes take off and leave with delay)
Uh oh, Bjorn, I didn’t notice that you had already added my link!
Björn Rudberg (brudberg) said:
Thanks very much. 🙂
Good evening Gayle, and thanks for the prompt – I haven’t come across the Alouette before! Hi Björn, I can’t believe you’ve had so much snow – we’ve just had rain! It is, however, more than just a bit chilly over here – there was a smattering of snow along the North Norfolk coast on Monday – maybe some of yours is coming our way. I’m of to post and then I have to have an early night – I have a very busy day tomorrow. I’ll read what’s up now and then finish first thing in the morning before I go out.
Hi Kim…so happy to see you! No, I hadn’t heard of this one either until I recently came upon it and it seemed fun and pretty simple…in spite of the rhymes. 🙂 Will see you tomorrow then when you have some time.
Kathy Reed said:
I believe we attempted the alouette once before…quite while ago. I looked for the prompt early and found it….I needed to write something about the election without it being depressing…thank you for the opportunity and the cozyness of the pub.
I did a search in our archives to see if it had been done previously but nothing came up except a reference that Beth had made to it on another form that she was presenting. Well, I think it’s okay to serve it up again as most people have not done it before. I am grateful for your positive take on the election and not making it more depressing than it already is. Thanks, Kathy!
Björn Rudberg (brudberg) said:
That must have been very long ago.. for me it was new… it was actually quite challenging.
It was new to me also, Bjorn. You always do so well with your writings…I can never tell that you are challenged. And that’s a good thing! 🙂
Snow???? I’m wearing shorts! Oh, I can only dream about snow here. We are in the middle of a 2 month drought. I twisted and turned, Gayle, trying my hand at an Alouette….to no good. I could get the form (55-7=etc) but I am a TERRIBLE rhymer. I sound so trite. So, I have posted a sonnet, for which I apologize. Alouette will just have observe how it’s done here.
I’m in shorts today too, Jane! Well, we all need help when we’re trying to rhyme and that’s why I suggested using Rhyme Zone…really easy to use and very helpful. So, okay, will accept your sonnet, today but we really want you poets to try to adhere to the presentations.
My present sin is not being able to fully attend to these new (to me) prompts. I love dverse but I think I need to sit out many prompts here. I love d’verse but can’t keep up with the prompts. So, I will be very selective with posting here and try to keep to the rules. I ‘ve been overextended for the last few months. My apologies to all here. A new book is coming out and I am frazzled.
I understand, Jane. I can’t keep up with all the prompts either and I don’t think they’re intended to stretch people to their limits. You do what inspires you when you have the time to do them. Sorry you’re so frazzled but a new book sounds like a good frazzled!
thank you, Gayle. The prompts are (mostly) wonderful! And being stretched to try new forms is greatly educational. I can’t fault any of you for not challenging me! And a new book is a good frazzle…but it’s more complex right now. My first book is being reissued with a complete revamp….and all first books probably should be rewritten…LOL!…but my 6th, a long historical novel is coming out this spring….and I have little brain left for even doing the dishes. LOL! Thank you for your very kind words.
I totally understand, Jane. I sense your strain. You can always go back later if you need some inspiration and take up a prompt that you missed…or not. No pressure here, ever. xo
LOL! Thank you, Gayle. I just felt so stupid. I can write sonnets all day, (but they do give me gas..) and sonnets should be harder than alouettes, right? LOL! Well, I tried….and I finally gave up. It should have been so hard because it has almost a tanka like form….or something Japanese…but there is no rhyme (and sometimes no reason…lol) in Japanese verse. But still…perhaps, in the dead of night an alouette will float into my head. LOL! But right now I think the only thing that will be floating around me will be bats….LOL! Thank you so much, Gayle. You would make a great priest or nurse. *but a better poet.
Nice form Gayle and it is like a puzzle to be solved.
Here’s mine (inspired by my photo of an autumn leaf stuck on fence wire)
Wiggle, jiggle, turn
You either fall, burn
or fly away with the wind
Take chances when stuck
Don’t mope. Maybe luck
is just around the bend, blind.
Have a good week everyone.
It is like a puzzle, Grace. So very gratified for your visit and adding your poem here to share. Have a good weekend ahead.
Hey everyone! Hope y’all are all doing well! I’m finally getting over this awful cold or whatever it was I’ve had for the past few weeks. This Alouette poem form was fun to do. Can’t remember if I’d done one before. Take care and enjoy a lovely weekend. 🙂
Hi Barbara…sorry to hear that you’ve been ill. I thought the form was fun too and I’m so happy that you joined in with the fun. Enjoy your weekend ahead also. 🙂
Hi Gayle..thanks for introducing us to this form. 🙂 I am up for the challenge later tonight. Just got home from visiting my mom for a couple days. We are enjoying a beautiful Fall day so I’m trying to take advantage of it, knowing this won’t last long…..even if it means raking a million leaves!
You’re very welcome, Mish…I thought it was pretty fun and not too challenging. Enjoy your lovely weather. I’m wearing shorts today and the weather is much milder, not so hot and the humidity is lower…very comfortable. We have no leaves to rake! 🙂
Bryan Ens said:
found this to be a challenging form…for some reason, 5 and 7 syllable lines come hard to me…but a worthwhile challenge that I thoroughly enjoyed!
Very happy to hear that you enjoyed the challenge, Bryan. I feel like I succeeded at my task if you poets learn a new form and enjoy writing it too. Thanks for that!
Thanks for the challenge of a new form Gayle. I’ll be around tomorrow to read. Have a great weekend everyone.
I’m with the wee lass today so will be back later in the afternoon to visit and comment.
You’re very welcome, Brian, and I hope you enjoy your weekend too.
Dr. Crystal Howe said:
Thanks for hosting, Gayle! I enjoyed this form!
You’re welcome, Crystal, and so happy you enjoyed the form. You did a wonderful job…just beautiful writing!
I’m signing off for the day and will catch up with others tomorrow. Good night all.
Interesting form, so I had to play along
Laura Bloomsbury said:
thank you Gayle – always good to try something new though the alouette kept morphing into limerick just when I needed something graver to fit the death of Leonard Cohen today
Hey Folks. Thanks Gayle for this. Challenging for sure. I’ll set to it over the weekend. I’ve just completed my Poetics from Tues. Work is full and writing time sadly must give as it payeth not the bills. Still I will endeavour to produce something of worth even if by the time I’ve written it everyone has left the bar 😉
Hi Paul, thanks for popping in and it would be great to see what you come up with. I believe the prompt will close at 3PM EST on Saturday. If you don’t get it in before then you could save it for an OLN at dVerse and share it with us then.
Workin on it now 😉
OK…Done…now for a dram and a bit of reading and commenting.
Just pouring now. fine single Malt. Slainte.