Today’s poetic form – the intramirroral – is a fun one to work with; it is an exercise both in rhyming and vocabulary. I also feature two heartwarming picture books for you today that I am sure you will love.
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The Intramirroral Poetic Form
This is a form invented by Mark Andrew J Terry over at AllPoetry. Once again, the name is apt for it (like with the hexaduad). With internal (intra) and mirrored rhymes across the lines, this short poetic form is definitely a fun exercise in rhyming, as well as testing your word-power!!
The Intramirroral’s Characteristics
At its most basic, the intramirroral’s characteristics are that it is:
- Stanzaic: a minimum of two couplets (can be more; based on the description at AllPoetry, can be extended to be as long as the poet wishes)
- Isosyllabic: No specific syllable count specified but all lines must have the same syllabic count.
- Rhymed: end rhyme scheme of aa / bb (and so on, if you add more couplets. For example, it will be aa/bb/cc for a sestet)
- Made up of cool rhyme patterns, that is, intramirroring or intermirroring, with both internal and end rhymes
- All couplets except the last one: Every word in the first line should rhyme with the corresponding word in line two, except for one (randomly chosen) word; the words must have contrary meanings, but same syllable count.
- The last couplet(second one in the most basic form; third one in a sestet, etc): Ends with mirrored rhyme, but also has internal rhyme
My Intramirroral Attempt
Romance in the Rink
He slips into skates, ardent
She trips, steadies, waits (a) moment.
He slides – albeit – carefully.
She glides along gracefully
Meet – share a sweet fleeting kiss
time flies, soon it’s bye to bliss
~ Vidya Tiru @ LadyInReadWrites
Further reading and h/t
Both these links have examples you can use to understand the form better and be inspired as well
Today’s books are both picture books, by necessity. Given my current reads as well as many of my previous reads for the alphabetical journey so far have been kind of heavier either in theme or size or complexity, I needed a change and these two reads fit that need perfectly. They are heartwarming, uplifting, and bringers of hope and smiles.
I Am Odd, I Am New
Title: I am Odd, I am New
Author: Benjamin Giroux
Illustrator: Roz MacLean
Publishers: Schiffer Kids (November 16, 2021)
Genre: Children’s Books on Disabilities/Poetry/New Experiences (5 – 8 years, and up)
Through the eyes of 10-year-old Benjamin Giroux, being odd is different, and different is a good thing. This is what the then fifth-grader hoped to convey in his poem, beginning every few sentences with “I am,” about what it is like to live with autism.
A book that tugs at your heartstrings throughout, lending perspective to see the world through someone who feels they are on the outside often. This short yet brilliant poem, written by Benjamin Giroux when he was 10, conveys messages of acceptance of everyone’s uniqueness and differences, of hope, and will help young readers who feel out of place. Roz MacLean’s accompanying illustrations are stunningly beautiful and emotive, frame worthy indeed.
get it here
It’s You I Like
Title: It’s You I Like
Author: Fred Rogers
Illustrator: Luke Flowers
Publishers: Quirk Books (August 4, 2020)
Genre: Children’s Self-Esteem Books/Poetry (2 – 5 years, and up)
For the first time ever, Mister Rogers’s heartwarming song “It’s You I Like” is in board book form to share with the youngest readers. Featuring a diverse array of families and friendships, the affirming lyrics and illustrations convey Mister Rogers’s singular warmth and belief that every child is special and loved.
This book is for those who love Fred Roger’s song of the same name, and those who are yet to discover it. Sweet, adorable, and colorful illustrations accompany the lyrics to Rogers’ It’s You I Like making this book one of the sweetest sing-alongs!
get it here.
Also, check out the other books in this series. I have read them all now and the Mister Rogers Poetry Books series will make a perfect gift for little ones you know, and for Fred Rogers’ fans as well, no matter their age.
- Hello, Neighbor! The Kind and Caring World of Mister Rogers
- Fred’s Big Feelings: The Life and Legacy of Mister Rogers
- Real by Carol Cujec. Read my review of the book here.
And Now, the End of This Post
Dear readers, have you read the featured books? I would love to hear your thoughts (if you have read them) as well as recommendations for similar books. What do you think about the intramirroral poetic form? Will you write one? Do share if you do, I would love to read it!
Previous posts in the A2Z and UBC for this month are below: