Whittled Words – Diamante Poem

This is a simple, quick, and fun exercise of word association in poetic form. Give it a try and release your inner poet!

Fish on Main Street

We leave behind all the shops lining Main Street,
Let the newcomers shop as we beat our retreat.

Whittled Words – Rhupunt Poem

The rhupunt has some variability to it, but also some rigid rules as well.

Are You Not My Brother?

How is it the color of one’s skin,
Somehow defines what is held within…

Whittled Words – Haibun Poem

The haibun is the combination of two poems: a prose poem and haiku.

Whittled Words – Ottava Rima Poem

With an Italian origin, the earliest known use of the ottava rima poetry form dates back to the fourteenth century, when the form was introduced into the Italian literary scene by poet Giovanni Boccaccio.

Whittled Words – Strambotto Poem

Some of these forms are older than others, and the strambotto traces back to the 13th century. This Italian form known as ottava siciliana (Sicilian octave) or strambotto popolare was the preferred form in Southern Italy…

Whittled Words – Curtal Sonnet

So, now that we have learned that sonnets are a 14-line poetic form, let’s look at the only variation I have found that breaks the mold.

My Lullaby

Though our lips have never met,
I have kissed you a million times,
For each time that I have slept,
I partake of you in my mind.

Whittled Words – English Sonnet

~~~ Welcome to the weekly series, Whittled Words. A series highlighting the innumerable types and styles of poetry to challenge any creative wordsmith. If you are new to writing poetry, I hope you will find something that sparks your pen to paper and brings out your own inner poet. For the seasoned poets, I hope … Continue reading

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