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Sunday Scribblings #66: What is the Essence of…..

The weather is slowly turning into spring finally!! This week had its wintery days intertwined with the spring-y ones ending with a warm weekend. And if you are wondering about what comes after #66 above, I was not sure of what it should be.. I was wondering to myself however, “what is the essence of spring; of poetry; of well, just about a whole bunch of things…”

What about you? What, for you, is the essence of spring? Or poetry? Or are you pondering about the essence of something else in your life? Do let me know ..

According to Christina Rossetti

Spring is when life’s alive in everything

And Susan J. Bissonette wonderfully remarks that….

An optimist is the human personification of spring

While Rainer Maria Rilke beautifully intersects both poetry and spring when he says

Spring has returned. The Earth is like a child that knows poems 

Sunday Scribblings #66: What is the Essence of.....

Poetic Sundays

The Essence

I decided to use this last Sunday of Women’s History Month to include an invented poetic form by a woman poet. Of course, there are many more that I have already introduced over past Poetic Sundays, and so many more I am yet to explore and even discover. But I simply loved the name of this one – the Essence!

What is the Essence Poetic Form?

The Essence, created by Emily Romano is a short, structured form of two-lines, six syllables each with an end rhyme and internal rhyme(s). (h/t: ShadowPoetry)

In essence, it is a hexasyllabic, multi-rhymed couplet. (sorry, could not resist it!)

The Essence Poetic Form’s Characteristics

So the Essence poetic form’s elements are that at its most basic, it is:

  • stanzaic: a couplet (two-lined stanza); can contain more than one couplet
  • syllabic: each line consists of six syllables
  • rhymed: end-rhymed and internal-rhymed too! The poet can choose to have one or two internal rhymes.. and considering that there are only six syllables per line, coming up with two (or three) pairs of rhyming words across the lines of the couplet can be a challenge.
Note for internal rhymes

The position of the internal rhyme is not a fixed one, can be anywhere within the lines. The ‘where’ can also vary across the lines of the couplet; that is syllable two of line one can internally rhyme with syllable three of line two. And if the poet chooses to add an additional internal rhyme, it could be syllable four of line one with syllable five of line two…or…

So this is how it looks

xxaxxb or xaxxxb or..
xxaxxb or xxaxxb or..

xaxxcb or..
xxacxb or..

My Example

Dashed Dreams
“We regret to inform…”;
See it go; My dream dorm.

– From my teen (for Vidya @ LadyInReadWrites)

The above example is one that my teen wrote as we receive responses from college applications… While it is a true sentiment, don’t worry – he is doing good and does have acceptances from other colleges that he loves and applied to!

And the internal rhyme scheme there is regret/’see it’ (close enough for me!)

You can check out more examples at ShadowPoetry (linked above)

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On My Blog

This week’s posts…

On the Home Front

We celebrated my DHs birthday this past week. And while my DD loves to bake and bake from scratch, this time was different. We had picked up a mix from our last visit to Trader Joes because it looked interesting. So the birthday boy got a blood orange cake which turned out pretty beautiful and good!

Some of My Instagram Posts


On My Blog and Home Front

Oh well.. No more making promises here.. I hoped to have a book summary, and other types of posts as well last week. So for this coming week, no promises but I know I am entering April; which means it is the A – Z Poetic Potpourri here on my blog.

Stick around to see what I come up with; I myself have no idea yet!! Each year I plan to have all 30 posts ready to go; but each year I work on them just a couple of days – oh, who am I kidding – just the night before (and sometimes on that day)!!

Nothing new on the home front but we are finally getting ready to get vaccines. Not my turn yet as my age group has to wait till mid April but my DH can get his this coming week.

This Week’s Celebrations

The Literary and Close-to-it Celebrations

The Literary Birthdays
  • Anna Sewell’s birthday is on the 30th of March
  • And March 31st celebrates Nikolai Gogol and René Descartes’ birthdays
  • April 1st birthdays include that of Abraham Harold Maslow and Milan Kundera.
  • One of my earliest favorite writers, Hans Christian Andersen’s birthday is on the 2nd of April
  • We can read The Legend of Sleepy Hollow on the 3rd of April to celebrate its author, Washington Irving’s birthday..
  • And April 4th marks the birthday of Maya Angelou
Other Lit Celebrations

Foodie Celebrations

The Other Celebrations

Month Long Celebrations for April

Wrapping up my Sunday Scribblings

So dear reader, this was it for my Sunday Scribblings. As always, appreciate and totally welcome your thoughts, comments, and suggestions. And which of these days do you plan to celebrate?

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

13 thoughts on “Sunday Scribblings #66: What is the Essence of…..

  1. Next month will be your big month. We always celebrated Poetry Month in fun ways at school. My favorite was Poem-in-Your-Pocket where kids each picked a poem or two or three and read them aloud to others.

    I love the look of that Selena book. I am interested in finding out more about her. I know several people who revere her, and I’d like to know more about that.

    Your Instagram posts are always lovely!

    1. Thanks so much Deb! The Poem-in-Your-Pocket is something I recall my kids did too when they were in elementary school.
      The Selena book is truly beautiful, inside and out, and I am glad I got the chance to read it.

  2. What a busy weekend a big Happy Birthday to your hubby. His cake sounds awesome! I know what you mean about writing blogs ahead of time…or maybe not. I write mine the night before or the morning of! Looking forward to your A to Z challenge, I was trying to think of a theme so I could do that one also. We shall see.

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