Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Poetic Forms Week 5: Back to Basics

I have to say I felt quite overwhelmed by the prospect of finding a poetic form that would suit The Purple Treehouse this month. It is not so much that there are too few poetry forms to chose from, rather that no matter how you twist and turn this topic you will find it hard to make poetry form funny!

Poetry form is, by definition, meant to guide us in our creative process and many of the various forms out there were perhaps considered humorous when they were conceived (some even a little risqué), but in today's poetry climate where most everything goes and following rules has gone out of style in many ways, I would dare anyone to argue that finding something called a funny poetry form is not easy. So where to begin?

I wanted to dive in and dazzle you all with talk of Dr Seuss and anapestic trimeter, but quickly realised that there was just too much explaining to be done in one post and therefore I would like to talk about syllables today, the basic building block of most poetry forms.

The word syllable comes from Greek, and is defined by Oxford Dictionaries as 'a unit of pronunciation having one vowel sound, with or without surrounding consonants, forming the whole or parts of a word'.

A 'Dummie's guide to counting syllables' would look something like this (copied from The Gooseberry Garden):

1. Look for the vowels in the word.

2. Subtract any silent vowels (like the 'e' at the end of the 'Fore!' shouted by golfers).

3. If you have two vowels together, creating a diphthong, count only one of the vowels (for example the word 'you' is only one syllable).

4. Compound words, words that consist of two other words but is written together (likehouseboat), along with words using prefixes (like prefix) and suffixes (like farmer) should be divided into their component words to count syllables.

5. Divide words between the two middle consonants (like bas/ket) to count the syllables.

6. Usually divide words into syllables before a single consonant (like e/vil or re/port).

7. The '-le' at the end of a word usually forms its' own syllable (like a/ble, or indeed syl/la/ble.

Some helpful poets have also suggested clapping out the word to get the syllable count or even to count heartbeats, which I personally find to be a very effective strategy.

Now, how can we practise counting syllables? There are several poetry forms that are based on the number of syllables to a line or to the poem as a whole, and we will be examining these more over the months to come, but for now, how about we just try to count the number of syllables used in a poem?

To share your poetry with use, please use the Linkz thingy below (if I can get it to work) and feel free to let us know how many syllables you've used.

I am CC Champagne of A Glass of Bubbly (and The Gooseberry Garden) and I will be back again in a month to look at more poetry forms.


Friday, January 6, 2012

Funny Bunny Fridays Week 6: January 6-15, 2012

Funny Bunny Fridays Week 6 (January 6-15, 2012)

Welcome to The Purple Treehouse!

Hi everybody!  It's Terri here.  I will be hosting the Funny Bunny Fridays for a while.  Welcome to Week 6 edition and the first of 2012!

I hope that you all had a great Christmas and wish you the best New Year ever!

I'll get things started by telling you a joke I read the other day that went something like this:

Every time I go to a wedding, some older relative pokes me in the ribs and says, "You're next!"

So now, every time I go to a funeral, I poke them in the ribs and say, "Hey, you're next!"

We welcome you to freely share your wit and humor with us today.  Let's have some fun and laughs!!


Possible Types of Funnies (It could be your own creation or by someone else!)

#1: Jokes
#2: Poetry, including free verses, Haiku, couplets, limericks, or Haiku...
#3: Quotes
#4: Cartoons
#5: Short Stories
#6: Art/Paintings/Drawings
#7: Videos or movie clips
#8: Music or Songs
#9: Photo Shots/Images on people, animals, signs, slogans, events, and etc.

Basic Instructions:

#1: post anything funny in your own blog.
#2: tag The Purple Treehouse or Funny Bunny Fridays post.
#3: share your entry with  your peers by linking your entry to our collection via inlinkz below.
#4: click on names of your peers to read, laugh, and think...



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