Hello everyone! In my part of the world, autumn season is upon us. Leaves from our maple and birch trees turn riot with diferent hues of orange, yellow, rust and reds. If you are on the other side of the world, I hope that your season of rain or spring will bring forth new plants, trees and joyful beginnings.
For today’s poetry form, we are going to learn about a compound word verse.
The Compound Word Verse is a poetry form invented by Margaret R. Smith that consists of five 3-line stanzas, for a total of 15 lines. The last line of each stanza ends in a compound word and these compound words share a common stem word which is taken from the title. (In the first example below the stem word is “moon” from the title “Moonlighting”; the compound words related to the title are moondust, moonbeams, moonsongs, etc.)
The Compound Word Verse (3 lines) has a set rhyme scheme and meter as follows:
Rhyme Scheme: a,a,b
Syllable/Meter: 8, 8, 3
i pull the curtains aside to
witness the glorious light, you brew
over the bubbling sky, darkness
is poised, letting us string stillness
under yellow maple trees, we
write poems, sip our tea and plea
let the grey clouds wander & slip
let the lake waters rise & dip
shine our faces bright, stark blue
touch our feet with stars, we flew
In the second example below, the stem word is “snow” from the title “The Unexpected Snow”; the compound words related to the title are snowflakes, snowdrifts, snowstorms, etc.)
The Unexpected Snow
Tree limbs become old fashioned lace;
camillias wear the cold embrace
The early snow brings such delight,
though day turns quickly into night
capture roads, and pile at the door;
the bitter winds moan tales, the lore
Light dances from the gleaming grate
until at last the winds abate,
Pale dawn reveals a world of white
transformed by nature in the night,
Copyright © 2010 Margaret R. Smith
Writing challenge: a poem written with the compound word verse as described above.
- Write a poem based on the writing challenge as described above. Post it on your blog or website.
- Enter your name and direct link to your poem in Mr. Linky.
- Follow the links to other poets. Read and comment on other poems. We all appreciate feedback on our poems.
- Link back to dVerse so others can find us too.
- Have fun!
See you at the poetry trail. ~Grace~
Hi everyone. Hope you enjoy writing to another poetry form. On the menu today, we have pecan pie, autumn apple pie (with cranberries), pumpkin cupcakes to go with herbal tea or fruit smoothies in the pub. Have a great day and week!!!
Björn Rudberg (brudberg) said:
Good evening from a very rainy Stockholm… today it has been pouring down. I think I need something warm to drink… this form was quite challenging since it was so sparse…
Raining the whole afternoon here Bjorn. Here’s a warm tea for you. Well, it was a challenge to write to the forms.
Hi Grace, thank you for the beautiful autumn images and inspiring poetry. I would love some apple pie and herbal tea!
Hi Ingrid, hope you enjoy some apple pie and herbal tea! Its been cool and raining today. The autumn leaves here have not fully fallen on the ground yet, so its been very beautiful to see them on the trees.
Where we are there are mainly evergreens, but last year’s autumn in the North of Slovenia was spectacular!
Our parks get croweded when all the leaves are on the ground. Makes for amazing photos specially with the kids in their halloween outfits.
Good afternoon, Grace! I love the form you’ve introduced, and relish the thought of a slice of pecan pie and a pineapple smoothie to get the creative juices flowing!
Hi Dora! Here’s a warm slice of pecan pie and a cool pineapple smoothie! I am getting hungry myself here. Hope you enjoy the writing process to the poetry form.
Thanks, Grace. Cheers!
Tricia Sankey said:
Good afternoon all! This form looks fun, just may take me a hot minute to compose. Your pecan pie sounds like just the thing to energize me!
Hi Tricia! Pecan pies are delicious and you should have one. Hope you enjoy the challenge of writing to this poetry form. There is a keen interest around the pub to try new and creative ways of writing poems.
Tricia Sankey said:
Trying new things keeps us all young! ❤
Thanks for hosting Grace! Great prompt! 🙂👍🏼
Thanks Rob. Looking forward to reading yours.
Hi Grace. I wrote about the moon, too. This was a challenge. 😀
Your pub fare all sounds enticing, but apple pie with cranberries and herbal tea sounds delicious.
Hi Merril! What a challenge it is and writing about the poem is a favorite subject of poets. Enjoy the appie pie and herbal tea!
This sounds like it would make some beautiful poems. I’ve got to have some of that pecan pie! 😀
Looking forward to reading them. Enjoy the pecan pie!
Thank you for a challenging prompt, Grace! It’s a beautiful sunny day in Boston so I decided to use “sun” as my root word! 🙂 A very interesting form indeed.
I would love a piece of apple pie with cranberries! Yesterday I got Pumpkin Spice flavored coffee beans so I’ll make me a cup to have with your pie!
That is a good root word Lillian. Hope you enjoy the apple pie with cranberries. I have to try that pumpkin spice flavored coffee. Enjoy your day!
good evening all that was a challenge it really got the grey matter working. have fun will be back in the morning for aread
With the help of the rhymzing site, these challenges keep our brains active. See you in the poetry trail.
Thanks for hosting Grace, great prompt … I wrote to the sky.
A ginger beer and pecan pie thanks, the others are enjoying that
Cheers Kate. Joining you with the ginger beer and pecan pie. Have a good day!
much appreciated, off to do my chores now
This was an interesting prompt, made me do some thinking, I was think about poetry, so I wrote yet another poem about poetry.
Thanks for joining in. It is tricky to write with these poetry forms but always a good challenge for the brain cells. Enjoy your week/end!
Helen Dehner said:
A fascinating form, Grace. Thank you. Nothing from the bar for me this evening … just returned from four days in Vegas!
Hope you had great fun Helen. Have a good Friday and weekend.
Gillena Cox said:
Another new interesting form
Thanks for joining in Gillena.
What a lovely prompt, Grace and a lovely form. I always find it takes a few goes to get my head round a new form – this lends itself to something graceful (!) I think.
These poetry forms are also challenging for me Sarah. Have a good Friday and weekend.
Hi Grace. Love the pics you have shared. Wonderful new form. Thanks for the challenge.
Autumn season here is gorgeous. Thanks for joining in.
Ain Starlingsson said:
As a non-poet that was a struggle and a half, but part of what makes dverse so good!
These poetry forms made our brain cells work. Hope it was also fun. Thanks for joining in.
An interesting form, Grace. Thanks for the inspiration! I’ll be by over the weekend to visit and comment.
Thanks for joining in the fun. Enjoy the weekend.
This was quite a challenge! Now I’m interested to see how everyone else solved it. (K)
I know and hopefully a fun one as well. Wishing you a good weekend.
A nice variety, even if many people bent the rules, both a little and a lot. I like that you accept each offering for what it is, too.
Björn Rudberg (brudberg) said:
Sunday afternoon here, and I do my final round.