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Post-weekend Poetry: Writing a Pantoum

15 Feb

Welcome to Post-weekend Poetry. Last week, I posted one of my sonnets in the third of a short series (following on from fibonacci and haikus), introducing you to the shorter forms of poetry. You can read the post on Haiku here, Fibonacci here, and Sonnet here. Today, we are looking at sonnets. Wikipedia explains them as the following…

The pantoum is a poetic form derived from the pantun, a Malay verse form: specifically from the pantun berkait, a series of interwoven quatrains. The pantoum is a form of poetry similar to a villanelle in that there are repeating lines throughout the poem. It is composed of a series of quatrains; the second and fourth lines of each stanza are repeated as the first and third lines of the next. This pattern continues for any number of stanzas, except for the final stanza, which differs in the repeating pattern. The first and third lines of the last stanza are the second and fourth of the penultimate; the first line of the poem is the last line of the final stanza, and the third line of the first stanza is the second of the final. Ideally, the meaning of lines shifts when they are repeated although the words remain exactly the same: this can be done by shifting punctuation, punning, or simply recontextualizing.

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Writing a pantoum

5pm clockI thought it was going to be quite tough

but then it proved me wrong for

a little while at least, I thought

“this is going to be some fun”

 

but then it proved me wrong for

it grew increasingly tricky

“this is going to be some fun,

my arse”…as the hours sped by

 

it grew increasingly tricky

my mind grew numb just like…

my arse…as the hours sped by

my eyes strained staring at the screen

 

my mind grew numb just like…

the poem, it finally took shape

my eyes strained staring at the screen

who invented this form of ode?

 

the poem, it finally took shape

a little while at least, I thought

“who invented this form of ode?”

I thought it was going to be quite tough

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