Monday, July 28, 2014

Monday Poetry Stretch - Macaronic Verse

Back in 2011 we wrote poems in the form of macaronic verse. It's been a long time, so this seems like a good time to revisit the form. The Handbook of Poetic Forms defines macaronic verse in this fashion.
Macaronic verse is a peculiar, rare and often comic form of poetry that sometimes borders on nonsense. It is a mixture of two (or more) languages in a poem, in which the poet usually subjects one language to the grammatical laws of another to make people laugh.
Poetry Base describes macaronic verse this way.
The definition is a poem in a mixture of two languages, one of them preferably Latin. Usually the mixture of languages is a bit absurd. The word of one language may be terminated with common endings in the other.
So, your challenge for this week is to write a poem that uses more than one language. I hope you will join me this week in writing macaronic verse. Please share a link to your poem or the poem itself in the comments.

3 comments:

  1. I find this form really daunting! But I'd love to see what someone else does with it.

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  2. Indeed, Kate--I was unequal to the challenge but came back to praise anyone who might have attempted it. : )

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  3. Hello there,
    I am trying to self- publish my first children's book and come across your book re poetry. You can read more here:
    https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1914673034/jolly-jims-a-z-of-amazing-animals-0

    Any feedback would be greatly appreciated!:) my email is jtrimm@hotmail.co.uk ...... hope you like the artowk/ poetry.

    Thank you,
    James

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