There’s an old joke that says, “I’m a poet and didn’t know it. You can tell by my feet. They’re Longfellows.”
I got started on my writing journey with poetry. I wrote my first poem in high school. In tenth grade English, we had to keep a journal. I wrote my first poem there. I got brave and showed it to my 11th grade English teacher. She said I had a “great talent” and shouldn’t let it go to waste.
It took too many years before I gave myself permission to say I was a writer. But that’s not the point here.
My poems don’t usually rhyme. I don’t use iambic pentameter or any other formal poetic form or meter.
Some time ago, I was introduced to syllabic poetry. I took a poetry-writing class at through the public education program at the local college. Since then, I’ve used several syllabic forms in my poems.
What is syllabic poetry?
Syllabic poetry has a set number of syllables per line. It can be set by the writer or by a specific form.
Some syllabic poetry forms include:
- Crapsey cinquain
There are many more.
I’ve decided I want to get back to my roots, so to speak, and write more poems again.
I’m going to share some of what I learn here and on my YouTube channel.
What is one of your favorite types of poems?