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This version of RPO, 2.07, contains all poems in the editions of 1912, 1916, 1935-46, and 1962-67, and dozens of other poets. See the "What's New" file for additions made since 1994.
Leave writing plays, and choose for thy commandSee also telestich.
Some peaceful province in acrostick land:
There thou may'st wings display, and altars raise,
And torture one poor word ten thousand ways.
Hamlet cries his mother's tainted.(I.L.)
Gertrude nearly falls down, faint.
Hamlet's father swears, unsaintly, he.
Sang a paeon
To love and pain
And ladies layin'.
Bacon, lord Chancellor,
Negligent, fell for the
Bribery toppled him,
Finished him, testing some
Poultry on ice.
Hugh, he could fancy(I.L.)
No one but Nancy,
And Sally got antsy
Just thinking of Chauncy,
But Nancy liked Drew
And Chauncy did too.
Here lies Robert Wallis,
Clerk of All Hallows,
King of good fellows,
And maker of bellows.
He bellows did make till the day of his death,
But he that made bellows could never make breath. (p. 53; Newcastle-upon-Tyne)
I poorly lived, and poorly died,Dorothy Parker's "Epitaph for a Darling Lady" makes light of the form.
And when I was buried, nobody cried. (p. 89; Lillington)
Trochee trips from long to short;
From long to long in solemn sort
Slow spondee stalks; strong foot! yet ill able
Ever to come up with Dactyl trisyllable.
Iambics march from short to long; --
With a leap and a bound the swift anapests throng;
One syllable long, with one short at each side,
Amphibrachys hastes with a stately stride; --
First and last being long, middle short, Amphimacer
Strikes his thundering hoofs like a proud high-bred Racer.
windshield wipers swish(I.L.)
and Monday fm blues say
Billy, in one of his nice new sashes,(The Norton Book of Light Verse, ed. Russell Baker [New York: W. W. Norton, 1986]: 304). For another example, see Eugene Field's "Little Willy."
Fell in the fire and was burnt to ashes;
Now, although the room grows chilly,
I haven't the heart to poke poor Willie.
Madam,or two central lines of each stanza in George Herbert's "Easter Wings."
1 My iambs walk the line(I.L.)
2 Trochees cannot salute,
3 As anapests decline
4 And dactyls follow suit.
2 Trochees cannot salute,
5 Delaying this pantoum,
4 And dactyls follow suit,
6 Eschew a pyrrhic tune
5 Delaying this pantoum.
7 Never mind sestinas,
6 Eschew a pyrrhic tune,
8 Amazing terza rimas!
7 Never mind sestinas!
1 My iambs walk the line,
8 Amazing terza rimas
3 As anapests decline.
Professors talk and talk and talk, a lot;(I.L.)
Their students mumble, stare, and doze, somewhat.
Leno and Letterman go head-to-head
On TV just before we go to bed.
Cardinals, red and dun, Chatter when it's sunny.
To simplify, scanning has at least three steps, the first two technical, and the third aesthetic.
1 2 3 4 5 6Examples are Algernon Charles Swinburne's "Complaint of Lisa," and Algernon Charles Swinburne's "Sestina," W. H. Auden's "Paysage Moralisé," and Donald Hall's "Hang it all, Ezra Pound, there is only one sestina." Sir Philip Sidney's "You goat-herd gods, that love the grassie mountaines" is a double sestina.
6 1 5 2 4 3
3 6 4 1 2 5
5 3 2 6 1 4
4 5 1 3 6 2
2 4 6 5 3 1
(6 2) (1 4) (5 3)
Ding dong bell,(Philip Davies Roberts, How Poetry Works: The Elements of English Poetry [Penguin, 1986]: 22-23, 33).
Pussy's in the well
A golf ball in flight(I.L.)
marks out a delicately
that fractals on embracing
greenly arithmetic turf.