Today’s poetic form is called the Symetrelle, and as you can guess by the name, is a pretty neat symmetrical form. And the featured book is a delightful collection of poems that will just have you all shout them out loud!
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The Symetrelle Poetic Form
The Symetrelle is a form created by Bluejewelzuzu on Allpoetry.com.
So What is the Symetrelle?
Paraphrased from AllPoetry:
The symetrelle begins and ends with a single subject line of 7 syllables. It has ‘a hat and boots’ which are mono-rhymed couplets that lead you into and out of the subject with a 9 syllable count. At the heart of it is a mono-rhymed 4 line quatrain with an 11 syllable count.
The Symetrelle’s Characteristics
So the Symetrelle’s elements are that, at its most basic, it is:
- stanzaic: One single line repeated twice, two couplets, and one quatrain; with the single lines and couplets enclosing the quatrain in the middle.
- syllabic: the single lines are 7 syllables each, the couplets are made up of 9-syllable lines, and the quatrain is made of 11-syllable lines
- rhymed: mono-rhyme for the two couplets and a different mono-rhyme for the quatrain
- kind of with a refrain: the single subject line begins and ends the poem
Here is a visual from AllPoetry for the form, and you can click on the link to check out excellent examples of poems written in this form.
My Attempt: A Riddle For You
The selected form also fulfils the NaPoWriMo prompt for day 22 by just being what it is – repeating the first line at the end.
The NaPoWriMo prompt: write a poem that uses repetition. You can repeat a sound, a word, a phrase, or an image, or any combination of things. Also combining dVerse’s Meet the Bar prompt where Björn asks us to write a poem that is a riddle, using personification for abstract or innate objects.
Do let me know your guesses for this riddle and I will post the answer on Sunday’s post (and on Sunday here as well)
Who am I?
I can be caught, but not thrown.
Little creatures are the ones to blame.
So while common might be in my name,
don’t you dare underestimate my power!
I make even the vigorous ones cower!
When you catch me, it’s better to take cover,
well, blanket yourselves, take a nice warm shower.
Laying down low is not a shame,
for, to catch me? – surely not a game!
I can be caught, but not thrown.
~ Vidya Tiru @ LadyInReadWrites
Title: Shout!: Little Poems that Roar
Author: Brod Bagert
Illustrator: Sachiko Yoshikawa
Publishers: Dial Books (February 1, 2007)
Genre: Children’s Humorous Poetry (4 – 8 years, and up)
This vibrant collection of twenty-one poems celebrates the joys (snack time!) and pitfalls (2 + 2 = 23?) of childhood. Brod Bagert’s often silly, always winsome poems cover everything from the seasons and the stars to finger paint and kids who quack. With humor and warmth, Shout! shows us there’s fun in work and play, poetry in everything, and a million different uses for ketchup. Kids are sure to shout for a reread.
Fun poems that ask to be read out loud, as the title says, and also to act them out wherever possible!! I totally loved the poem titled My Shadow 🙂 and -oh! also, the one titled Teddy Bear (this one is sure to make you smile with its adorable twist!). The use of refrains, rhymes, and alliteration as well as consonance make reading this out loud, and in a group, so much more enjoyable.
In addition, the vibrant and adorable illustrations add to the loud theme of the poems wonderfully!
Loudly delightful from start to end!
Get it here
- Something Must Rhyme With Orange?: Another book I need to mention (I am hoping to get my copy of it soon to read and share with you here). This one looks and sounds tangily delightful
And Now, the End of This Post
Dear readers, have you read the featured book? Or any similar reads? I would love to hear your thoughts and recommendations. What do you think about the symetrelle poetic form? Will you attempt it yourself?
For previous posts in the challenges for this month, check out the links below:
Day 0 Day 1 – A Day 2 – B Day 3 Day 4 – C Day 5 – D Day 6 – E Day 7 – F Day 8 – G Day 9 – H Day 10 Day 11 – I Day 12 – J Day 13 – K Day 14 – L Day 15 – M Day 16 – N Day 17 Day 18 – O Day 19 – P Day 20 – Q Day 21 – R