Monday, September 24, 2007

Monday Poetry Stretch - Bouts-Rimés (Again)

Now that more people are engaging in these poetry stretches with me each week, I decided it would be fun to revisit a form. Here is a description of the form bouts-rimés.
A bouts-rimés poem is created by one person's making up a list of rhymed words and giving it to another person, who in turn writes the lines that end with those rhymes, in the same order they were given.
(Adapted from The Teachers & Writers Handbook of Poetic Forms.)
You can read more at Wikipedia and learn a bit about the history of this form.

Here is the word list for today's stretch. Your poem can take any form, but your rhymed words must appear in the order given.
hour, tower, thought, fought, hand, grand, teem, dream

So, do you want to play? What kind of bouts-rimés will you write? Post your creation on your blog and then leave a link in the comments. Once we have some poems, I'll link them all here.




  3. I decided to give this a try: