So April is right around the corner, and it is National Poetry Month. It is also the month I will be jumping into the world of rhymes (and non-rhymes) as I work on coming up with poems each day with a twist. You can see what I am talking about in my twofer post here. But as very often is the case, my post title is also about my poetic form for this week’s Poetic Sundays. Read on to find out more….
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Poetic Sundays: Jumping Rhyme for Joy!
I continue to feature poetic forms created by or popularized by women for Women’s History Month as mentioned earlier this month. Today’s poetic form created by Amanda Norton is both straightforward and complex, all at the same time! I had fun trying to write a poem in this form
What is the Jumping Rhyme poetic form?
The jumping rhyme poetic form takes its name from the fact that the internal rhyme “jumps” up (and also down) a word across the lines of this poem. It is a monorhyme quintet (5-line poem) with the line length growing from 6 to ten syllables. Lines require internal rhyme as well, starting with word two of line one and “jumping” up a word in each subsequent line until the last one, where it jumps back one word.
The Jumping Rhyme’s Characteristics
At its most basic, the s characteristics are that it is:
- Stanzaic: is a 5-line poem, or quintet
- Syllabic: with a pattern of 6/7/8/9/10 across the five lines
- Rhymed: with both internal and end monorhymes; end rhyme of aaaaa/internal rhyme of bbbbb. Read notes below for more on the rhyming pattern
- Both end rhyme and internal rhyme are monorhymes
- Line length is based on syllables, rhyme pattern is based on words
- Try to use monosyllabic words where possible, or at the least avoid larger multisyllabic words to make the internal rhyming easier.
This is How it Looks
Note that the internal rhyme is not marked within in the below template since that goes by word count while the ‘x’ pattern below shows the syllabic count and end rhyme
L1: xxxxxa – internal rhyme at word 2 + end rhyme syllable
L2: xxxxxxa – internal rhyme at word 3 + end rhyme syllable
L3: xxxxxxxa – internal rhyme at word 4 + end rhyme syllable
L4: xxxxxxxxa – internal rhyme at word 5 + end rhyme syllable
L5: xxxxxxxxxa – internal rhyme at word 4 again + end rhyme syllable
Jumping at Any and All Rhymes, aka My First Attempt
A little awkward, a little stilted, but here is my attempt. My example uses single syllable words at the start of each line so it was easier to get the internal rhyme (ignore that I used what and hard to rhyme with the others!) and the word count matches the syllable count until the internal rhyme.
My heart leaps with delight
From day’s start unto twilight
My life’s best part to hold on tight
When you ask me what makes the whole right
It is not hard at all, my kids in my sight!
~ Vidya Tiru @LadyInReadWrites
Further reading and h/t
- PoetsCollective (check out the excellent example poem for jumping rhyme in this link; you can see how word count for internal rhyme works when multisyllabic words are used!!)
On My Blog & at Home
My recent posts since and including my last Sunday Scribblings:
- Ten Books With Adjectives in Their Titles: Mini-Reviews
- 3 Interesting Ways to Celebrate World Poetry Day
- Sunday Scribblings #100: In the Beginning There Was a Letter
Our college-freshman son was here for spring-break and spent a relaxing week at home after finals week the previous week. And yes, we put together the piece of furniture that had been waiting for him (I assisted!). We had a birthday to celebrate at home (my DH’s on the 26th) and we kept it simple with home made food and a slice of cake to share (loads of dessert already at home!).
Discovered an amazing trail for bikers and walkers in not-so-nearby Dublin called the Iron Horse Regional Trail. This 32 miles of wonderfulness is quiet and free of traffic. While it does pass through streets at various intervals, they are mainly smaller streets (at least for the part of the path we walked). It is a must-try if you are in the bay area and looking for walking or biking trails that are simply perfect!
On My Blog & Homefront
April is coming up soon which means I need to start gearing up for the crazy two-fer challenge I have taken on for myself. I have to admit I only have the theme ready, and no ideas for any single post actually other than those tentative couple I thought of when I came up with this theme here. So, I need to prepare.
On the home front, it is business as usual, or rather home as usual!
This Week’s Celebrations
Literary Celebrations (close-to-it also!)
- Literary birthdays this week of March include: Maxim Gorky and Russell Banks on March 28; Amy Sedaris, Ranjit Hoskote on March 29th; Anna Sewell, Thi. Ka. Sivasankaran, and Tobias Hill on the 30th of March; Nikolai Gogol and René Descartes on March 31st; Abraham Harold Maslow, Francine Prose, and Milan Kundera on April 1st; Hans Christian Andersen, and Sue Townsend on 2nd April; Washington Irving on April 3rd
- Does this count? March 30th is National Pencil Day
- And if pencils count, then National Crayon Day on the 31st of March belongs here too!
- The 2nd of April is International Children’s Book Day, so read one with or to the little ones in your life, or simply pick a children’s book for yourself. I guarantee that you will relish every moment of it!
- April is English Language Month and National Poetry Month
- March 28 is delish with National Black Forest Cake Day
- Followed by National Lemon Chiffon Cake Day on the 29th of March
- National Tater Day helps balance the sweetness on the 31st of March
- April 1st is National Sourdough Bread Day
- A favorite lunch for many, it is National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day on the 2nd of April
- And ending the week with a sweet note, it is National Chocolate Mousse Day on April 3rd
- World Piano Day – 88th day of the year on March 28th
- The 30th of March happens to be National Doctors Day, National I Am in Control Day, National Take a Walk in the Park Day, and National Virtual Vacation Day
- The last Wednesday in March celebrates Manatee Appreciation Day and National Little Red Wagon Day (which is March 30th)
- March 31st is World Backup Day reminding us all to backup our digital (and even ensure our physical). It is also National Bunsen Burner Day
- April 2nd is World Autism Awareness Day as well as National Reconciliation Day (credited to newspaper columnist Ann Landers)
- While this is something for everyday (and we parents do celebrate it from the moment we become parents), the first Saturday in April is National Love Our Children Day to serve as a reminder and also as part of National Child Abuse Prevention Month
- Do something crafty with your children or by yourself on Saturday as it is National Handmade Day
- April 3rd celebrates a whole variety of things with it being National Film Score Day, National Find a Rainbow Day, National Tweed Day, World Party Day and Geologists Day (this last one is celebrated on the first Sunday in April annually)
- National Physicians Week – March 25-31
- National Cleaning Week – Begins the fourth Sunday of March for seven days
- Nano Days – Last weekend in March through the first weekend in April
- Ramadan Begins (changes annually) – April 1, 2022
- Month long celebrations include National Afternoon Tea Month, National Month of Hope, National Garden Month, National Humor Month and many more.
Jumping Rhymes and Other Related Reading
Wrapping up my Sunday Scribblings
So dear reader, you have reached the end of this Sunday Scribblings! As always, I welcome your thoughts, comments, and suggestions about this post. And do let me know if you plan to celebrate any of these mentioned celebrations this coming week/month? Also, what are some of the wonderful things that happened recently to you or that you heard of?