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 : http://nymmyb.wordpress.com/2011/11/20/the-challenge-no-1/
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 VerseNymmyB 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!