My world is awash with writing this month as I tackle NaNoWriMo.Â Hence I offer the abecedarian poetic form for both its simplicity as well as brevity.Â Since I read all of the featured poems of the month, I want something on the short side; I must keep my eye on the clock.
To the quick, an abecedarianÂ can be a mere 26 words long, using one word for each letter of the alphabet.Â You start your poem with the letter A, move on to B, and continue from there. For greater depth, one can employ another technique, which is the acrostic.Â This second form, built upon and from the abecedarian, spells out names or words through the first letter of each line. The intent of the acrostic is to reveal while attempting to conceal within the poem.
Â I recommend jumping to the link describing this month's form.Â It includes history as well as alternative methods of writing an abecedarian.Â But if you like examples, here's a link to one I've written:Â All Brethren's Children.
While last month's form was nicely utilized, the challenge was not something undertaken by almost all of you.Â Except me.Â And to some degree, Jan.Â Our Jan bravely submitted a recorded reading, imbedded it in her post, and read The Loss of Faith, a narrative poem in a most eerie and seductive voice.Â Narrative poems can be written in a number of forms, but the most common structure is to use rhyming patterns and to write using iambic pentameter.Â Additionally, narrative poems tell a complete story with a beginning, middle, and end.
Stand Against Domestic Violence by Ruthi Cox
Mishe Mokwa by John Beck
Morning Itemization by Susan B.
Advent 1968 by Terry Collett
Daddy, Mommy--Why? by Marilyn is looking for whatever there is N.
Corner of Juniper and Fourth (link to video) by Susan Budig
Sandro Botticell by Mike Ellwood
Seneca's Last Words by Mike Ellwood