I recently wrote my first sestina. It wasn't horrible, but it wasn't very good either. I wish I had known about the tritina when I began grappling with the sestina from. It might have made it a bit easier to handle/understand.
In writing about Helen Frost, today's Poetry Maker, I found a number of worksheets on poetic form on her web site. She suggests starting with the tritina since the sestina is a more difficult form. What a great idea! Here are the nuts and bolts of the form.
10-line poem made of three, 3-line stanzas and a 1-line envoi
There is no rhyme scheme but rather an end word scheme. It is:
A, B, and C (all in the last line/envoi)
Oy. I should really be working on finishing my sestina, but it's just NOT COMING together... if I have time I'll try this.ReplyDelete
Not sure this is what you mean:ReplyDelete
The Moon and Me: A Tritina
Looking last night at the moon,
I thought how it resembled a stone
Skipped by a child into the sky.
But who would have thrown into the sky
Something so precious as that moon,
Such an enormous gem stone?
I would have rather hung that stone
Around my neck, bedecked like the sky
With ear-stars as well as that hanging moon,
And strolled into sky town, the boys whistling at the moonstone and me.
c Jane Yolen 2009
A couple of attempts here.ReplyDelete
Boy, Harriet, do I love the last line of the second poem. It really works.ReplyDelete
A Noir-ish TritinaReplyDelete
If Mr. Potato-Head
met Ms. Lonelyhearts, what
would he ask?
What does a head ask
a heart, even when that head
is empty? Could be "What's
up, Beautiful? What's
the rush?" Hearts get asked
that question by heads.
When P-Head asks, "What's up, Little Lady?" Ms. L-heart says, "Who's asking?"
Well, I think that last line wrapped because of the space restrictions here...but it should all be on one line.ReplyDelete
Jane, you have totally made my day for saying that. Thank you.ReplyDelete
I enjoyed this challenge again Tricia, though have ended up rushing it. Also enjoyed reading the others examples. I'm here as usual - http://theweekthatwas.wordpress.com/. Thanks Jacqueline.ReplyDelete