Craft, or: Authenticity

A villanelle

Many modern bards deem rhyming passé,
An obstacle to deep self-expression,
Though one asks if impatience~ craft betrays?

Artists must create, for it's thus they pray,
Each in preferred mode at their discretion...
Many modern bards deem rhyming passé.

Unfettered freedom is today's great craze;
And most art's wrought to make deep impression...
Though one asks if impatience~ craft betrays?

We oft dismiss tried-true old-fashioned ways,
Finding "self" ~ for most writers ~ obsession...
Many modern bards deem rhyming passé.

Rule-following natural flow delays;
Poetic forms can cause great digressions...
Though one asks if impatience~ craft betrays?

Deep authenticity deserves our praise...
So, why should poets make stiff concessions?
Many modern bards deem rhyming passé...
Though one asks if impatience~ craft betrays?

Villanelle?

  • Villanelles are required to have an intricate rhyme scheme and two lines that are refrains;
  • If we call the first line A and the third line A’, and any line that rhymes with them a, the rhyme scheme is AbA’ abA abA’ abA abA’ abAA’;
    • The 1st line and 3rd line, the refrains, are repeated four times each;
      • The 1st line appears at the end of stanzas 2 and 4 and as the second-to-last line in stanza 6;
      • The 3rd line appears at the end of stanzas 3, 5, and 6.

d’Verse poetics prompt

Pounding the Pentameter!

At d’Verse, poets were encouraged to do write poems in iambic pentameter.


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Ben Harper (b. 1969)

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65 thoughts on “Craft, or: Authenticity”

  1. You bring up an interesting question, David. It might not get published often, but lots of people still enjoy reading rhymed poetry. I wonder if there’s a coming backlash against the no-rhyming sort of poetry?

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