Today’s prompt: animals
Today’s form: concrete poetry
Poetry is, of course, a word-based form of expression. That doesn’t mean, though, that the visual layout of a poem can’t affect the way we read it. Taking this idea to a playful extreme is today’s (optional) form to explore: concrete poetry.
Also known as shape poetry, the idea here is to arrange your words on the screen (or the page) so that they create a shape or an image. The meaning of the image can be obvious at first glance, or require some guesswork after reading the poem.
Today’s device: enjambment
Today’s poetic device continues the focus on the arrangement of words on the page: enjambment. What it describes is a really simple phenomenon: when a grammatical sentence stretches from one line of verse to the next.
[Notes taken from Writing 201: Day 4]
Today’s assignment for me was challenging and I’ve not been able to come up with a concrete poem and sadly no enjambment either. However I’ve managed to include today’s prompt which is to write a poem about an animal. As is my wont, I’ve taken it to another level in a metaphoric way.
If I fish around
In the murkiest pond,
Searching: doggedly dig the depths
of the earth beyond
your garden wall
hoping to impress you,
will you cattily say
I can’t bear you?