Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Poetry Stretch - Rhopalic Verse

In the book Fly With Poetry: An ABC of Poetry, written and illustrated by Avis Harley, you'll find descriptions and examples of many different poetic forms. This week I want to try rhopalic verse. Here's how Avis defines it.
Rhopalic Verse: (from Greek "rhopalon"--a club which is thicker at one end)
Lines in which each successive word has one syllable more than the one before it.
Here is an example.

Small spiders filigree
the garden greenery
with silken precision. Delicately, definitively,
they network tapestries
that capture
than morning's glorious

Poem ©Avis Harley. All rights reserved.
I hope you'll join me this week in writing a rhopalic verse. Please share a link to your poem or the poem itself in the comments.

1 comment:

  1. Yes, it's fall, but I've written a spring poem!

    Glad Morning

    Glad morning tinkering
    with sunlight. Jiggling
    winds, testing daffodils,
    new tulips. Delicate
    green growing, intricate
    odd plantings, tomorrow’s
    tall gardens. Delightful experiments.

    —Kate Coombs, 2015
    all rights reserved