29 01 2009

Satirical poetry: Poetry can be a powerful vehicle for satire. The punch of an insult delivered in verse can be many times more powerful and memorable than that of the same insult, spoken or written in prose. The Romans had a strong tradition of satirical poetry, often written for political purposes. A very common, almost defining feature of satire is its strong vein of irony or sarcasm, but parody, burlesque, exaggeration, juxtaposition, comparison, analogy, and double entendre are all frequently used in satirical speech and writing.

I’ve contributed the first two lines to this satirical poem in order to get you started. We’d like each person to contribute one line each. There is no specific syllable requirement.

Mr prime minister save us from this void

I’ve saved the world my dear civilian: you’ll soon be satisfied. (Student, Egham)


29 01 2009

Sonnet: A Shakespearean sonnet consists of 14 lines, each line contains ten syllables, and each line is written in iambic pentameter in which a pattern of a non-emphasized syllable followed by an emphasized syllable is repeated five times. The rhyme scheme in a Shakespearean sonnet is ABAB CDCD EFEF GG, in which the last two lines are a rhyming couplet.

I’ve contributed the first two lines of this sonnet just to get you going. For this poem we’d like you to contribute one line each. Remember, the next line of this four line stanza must rhyme with the first line.

A superior sneer: wizened, revered

Papery purple silver green, grasping (Student, Egham)


29 01 2009

Haiku: is a form of Japanese poetry. Each stanza has three metrical phrases with the same pattern of syllables. 5 (first line), 7 (second line), and 5 (third or last line).

I’ve contributed the first stanza of this haiku just to get you started. Next we need another 5 syllable line in order to get the next stanza started. For this poem we’d like you to contribute one line each.

Earn more never stop

scrimping scraping saving: slave

to the paper pound. (Student, Egham)