Friday, May 23, 2014

POETRY FRIDAY: Lanturne Poetry

Thanks to Violet Nesdoly, today's Poetry Friday hostess!
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A few weeks ago I discovered a poetry format I hadn’t heard of before, the lanturne poem. This format has five lines and describes a single-syllable noun in a specific syllabic pattern. When complete, the poem takes the shape of a Japanese lantern.
The formula for writing a lanturne poem looks like this: 
 
Line 1:  1 syllable
Line 2:  2 syllables
Line 3:  3 syllables
Line 4:  4 syllables
Line 5:  I syllable
I am a big fan of short poetic formats and had fun writing my own lanturne poems:
 
Rain
plip-plops
drip, dripping
torrents pelting
down.
 
Spring
blows in,
then settles
gently into
blooms.
 
I was excited to discover this (new to me) format. Like haiku, lanturne poetry zooms in on its subject and presents it in a neat little package. There is something very satisfying about this! Why not try writing your own lanturne poem today? 
 
Happy Friday, and Happy Writing!

21 comments:

  1. Wow. I love it! Thanks for sharing.

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  2. I'm glad to learn of lanturne poems, and enjoyed your two very much. Not only do they make a picture of a lantern, but the compact visual goes with the word "zooms" you use to describe it.

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  3. Lovely to discover something so new to me on your poetry blog. Makes a good Friday.

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    1. Thank you, Mirka. Hope you have a great weekend! = )

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  4. Thanks for sharing the lanturne poem structure and your poem. You're good at writing poetry!

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  5. Your
    poems
    delight with
    images so
    sweet.

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    1. Tabatha, I LOVE this!!! Thank you so much! When I read this, it made my day! = )

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  6. How fun! I'll definitely try one of these!

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    1. Thank you, Mary Lee! Have fun with this format!

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  7. You have a great ear, Becky! Lovely poems.
    Vijaya

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  8. I love lanterns! Funny enough, my friend just showed me how to make paper lanterns w/scrapbook paper this week. Great poem!

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    1. This is a sign that you, too, should write a lanturne poem! = )

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  9. Wish I had known about lanturn poems when I was teaching third grade :) The kids and I would have loved writing them.

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    1. Me too, Catherine! I taught third grade and my kids loved writing poetry. They would have really liked this format!

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  10. How'd I miss this post last Friday? Thanks for the heads up about this fun short form! Your examples are terrific too-- love "plip-plops/drip, dripping" and also the image of Spring "settling" into blooms.

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  11. I haven't heard of the lanturne poem, shaped like Japanese lanterns ~ how exquisite! Love your rain lanturne, Becky. Especially the 'plip-plops drip, dripping' lines.

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  12. This form is new to me, too--I like it! And your lovely examples!

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