Literary · Release the Restraints Wednesday

Exploring Different Poetry Styles | Release the Restraints Wednesday

Hello,

I’m back to writing poetry and it feels great! I love that when I write, it has meaning to me and it can be interpreted by others in so many ways. What I felt when I wrote it can and probably will be much different from what you feel and think when you read it. Writing poetry and short stories is such a unique experience but it’s easy to get pigeonholed. I mostly write free verse, and extended couplets but, there are so many other forms of poetry. For the next few weeks, on this day, I’m going to be experimenting with them.

This week, I’ve been playing around with Cinquains. Created by Adelaide Crapsey, a Brooklyn born – Rochester raised American poet, a cinquain is a five-line poem with differing syllable counts in each line; 2, 4, 6, 8, 2. Anything that involves syllable counting has always been really hard for me. I first learned how to count them when I was little and it was by the chin method and clap method. However, I also had a bad speech impediment so I could never be sure if I was pronouncing the word right. If you can’t pronounce words, it’s very difficult to count the syllables in said word using those methods.

Here are two examples of what I came up with. Let me know what you think!

Pale, with
eye’s wide, my
pulse quickens. Goosebumps
populate my skin, and shivers shake
my body.

Life has
a funny way
of flipping around and
tossing everything in the trash.
They say.

They say
life is like a 
roller-coaster. I wish
that life was full of highs and no
lows. Go.

It’d be really fun to see you guys try creating a cinquain and share what you come up with. Until next time!

~K.D.

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