November Challenge – Blank Verse

I came up with the idea of a monthly challenge between my friend over at nymmyb, as I put it to her it would be a monthly poetry challenge.  Essentially, as close to the start of the month as possible, we’ll set eachother a challenge related to poetry.  It could be to write a poem on a certain theme, to write a poem in a certain style/rhyme scheme such as a haiku or a sonnet, or some combination of the two.  We would then each have to do a blog post some time that month which was our attempt at the challenge.

My challenge to her was Scottish stanza: “AAABAB”, as used by Robert Burns in works such as “To a Mouse” (according to Wikipedia) and she duly posted a response here :

In return, I was challenged to write in ‘blank verse’, which according to Wiki is poetry written in unrhymed iambic pentameter.  Now iambic pentameter is something I have never knowingly used, so I certainly found it a challenge, but this is what I came up with…


November Challenge – Blank Verse
NymmyB has been rather mean to me,
With her November challenge of blank verse.
Iambic pentameter is quite hard,
Managed to get ten syllables per line,
But not sure I got the soft-hard quite right.
Well at least blank verse does not need to rhyme!


My respect for Shakespeare, Marlowe etc has increased immensely since they used this form so much.  Definately a skill to work on in the future!



Filed under Monthly Challenge, Rhymes

8 responses to “November Challenge – Blank Verse

  1. love it!!!! lol you did a really good job!!! for the fact it was so hard… i was mean lol but seems you pulled though

  2. Kudos to you for rising to the challenge. Yes, it IS hard; but so very much worth it! Thank you for the sharing here!

  3. interesting name.

    Hello, you win perfect poet award for week 56, hope that you have enjoyed it.
    It has been a delightful experience with you supporting Thursday Poets Rally, we have enjoyed your presence and talent very much, thumbs up!
    fabulous poetry along the way, keep those gems coming.
    Always, you are more than welcome to join our biweekly rally.
    Happy Holidays!

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