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Sunday Scribblings #101: Jumping Into the World of Rhymes

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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Notepad and a pen over it with a cup of coffee next to it. words read Sunday Scribblings, and this is for Sunday Scribblings #100: In the Beginning There Was a Letter

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.

The Mom-Me
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!!)

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On My Blog & at Home

My recent posts since and including my last Sunday Scribblings:

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

Foodie Celebrations

Other Celebrations

Multi-Day celebrations

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?

Linking this to the Sunday Post over at the Caffeinated Reviewer and the Sunday Salon

8 thoughts on “Sunday Scribblings #101: Jumping Into the World of Rhymes

  1. I wasn’t familiar with the name of this rhyme, but I’m sure I’ve seen this before. It is nice to learn about different kinds of poetry and rhyming.

  2. Nice poem! I think you did a good job. Thank you for sharing this poetry style. Learned something new today. Thank you for the reminders re: upcoming events this April. Looking forward to the International Children’s Book Day! 🙂

  3. I love that you broke down the pattern for the jumping rhyme. I’m working on rhymes with my daughter and this is a really great post to refer to!

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