It was the same old, same old this past week. But if I think about it as ‘yet another wonderful week goes by,’ maybe it feels a little bit better, right! Just like that totally awesome, totally impossible day coming up this week which is called National No Housework Day!! Sounds wonderful saying it out loud, though it is not bound to really happen (unless I completely choose to ignore the clutter and the mess). So anyway, with all the cool events I do mark out each week in my Sunday Scribblings (whether I celebrate them or not, though the plan is to do so), it is always possible to say that – yet another wonderful week goes by!!
This week, I bring you a more recent poetic form called the monotetra. I love stumbling upon forms like these and you will discover why. Also, learning about such new forms inspires me to try developing some as well (though I am yet to get started on this!) For now, let us move on to learning more about today’s featured form.
What is the Monotetra Poetic Form?
The monotetra is a new poetic form developed by Michael Walker. It is composed of one or more quatrains (four line stanzas). And it derives its name from the fact that each quatrain is in mono-rhyme; with each line in tetrameter.
- Mono-rhyme is a passage, stanza, or entire poem in which all lines have the same end rhyme.
- Tetrameter means four metrical feet. Feet can either be iambs (an unstressed syllable followed by a stressed one, as in ˘be|cause´ ), trochees (a stressed syllable followed by an unstressed one, as in ti´|ger), or a combination of the two.
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The Monotetra Poetic Form’s Characteristics
So the monotetra poetic form’s elements are that at its most basic, it is:
- stanzaic: a quatrain (four-lined stanza); can contain more than one quatrain
- metric, syllabic: each line is in tetrameter (four metrical feet) for a total of eight syllables
- rhymed: each quatrain is mono-rhymed. So all lines in each stanza end with the same rhyme; so stanza 1 will have all lines ending with same rhyme, while stanza 2 will also have all its lines share a rhyme. Note that rhymes across stanzas do not need to be the same.
- has a repetitive element: The final line of each stanza repeats the same four syllables twice, like an echo
So this is how it looks
L1: xxxxxxxA1 (8 syllables)
L2: xxxxxxxA2 (8 syllables)
L3: xxxxxxxA3 (8 syllables)
L4: xxxA4,xxxA4 (4 syllables repeated)
I love the simplicity of the form as well as the freedom it offers in the number of stanzas a poet can write (one or as many). At the same time, I love how the repeated phrase in the last line of each stanza lends power and beauty to the poem.
While I am not sure if I did justice to meter, I tried to keep the syllable count and rhyme here. Will do for these first attempts and first drafts (for now)
The Joy of Friendships
Friends we delight to meet, no doubt;
the ones we cannot do without,
met at our favorite lookout.
Laughter rings out, laughter rings out.
Vidya @ LadyInReadWrites
What Shall You Find?
In all of my favorite nooks
In all those places you can looks
In all my home’s valleys and brooks
You shall find books, you shall find books.
Vidya @ LadyInReadWrites
Yet Another Wonderful Week On My Blog
This week’s posts…
- Circumlocution or Circling Around to the Point Cleverly (Finally?)
- Bouts-Rimés: Best Be Ready For A Bout
- Alliteration: Alluring, Annoying Or Alright?
- 8 Amazing Picture Books About Librarians
- Sunday Scribblings #66: What is the Essence of…..
On the Home Front – Nothing Much Yet a Wonderful Week!!
Nothing new happened at all this past week; the sun was out and the weekend has been chilly but overall, it has been one more week among the others. But we did make a crumble cake (well, my teenager did) and devoured it all within a couple of days. It was totally delish, and from this book called Chloe’s Vegan Desserts that she has bookmarked with sticky notes all over now. At the moment of writing this post, she is getting the ingredients ready for another loved recipe from this book – an olive oil lemon cake.
Some of My Instagram Posts
On My Blog and Home Front
Will continue with my A to Z challenge posts; a little bit of poetic potpourri and a little bit of books. And the teens are looking forward to their spring break that begins the week after..
This Week’s Celebrations
It is going to be a wonderful week again, full of cool celebrations. Settle down with a cup of coffee, or tea, or your drink of choice, and mark the ones you chose to celebrate..
The Literary and Close-to-it Celebrations
The Literary Birthdays and Other Lit Events
- April 6th is National Library Workers Day (or rather Tuesday of National Library Week)
- National Bookmobile Day – Wednesday of National Library Week
- On the 10th of April, encourage young writers as it happens to be just that – Encourage a Young Writer Day
- As for the birthdays, listing a few of the authors I have read and enjoyed. Arthur Hailey’s is on April 5th, William Wordsworth’s on the 7th, Barbara Kingsolver’s on April 8th, and Anne Lamott as well as Paul Theroux on the 10th
Check out my list of books about librarians here.
- April 5th celebrations include National Caramel Day, National Deep Dish Pizza Day, and National Raisin and Spice Bar Day
- National Caramel Popcorn Day is on the 6th of April..
- I know we will be making cake, for April 7th is National Coffee Cake Day
- Yet to try making this at home, maybe this week? April 8th is National Empanada Day
- National Chinese Almond Cookie Day is on April 9
- Do you love cinnamon based desserts? Then you will enjoy National Cinnamon Crescent Day on the 10th of April!
- And if fond of fondue, then 11th of April is for you!! National Cheese Fondue Day
The Other Celebrations
- When was the last time you read a road map? With all the apps we have nowadays, it seems like we might not need to know this, but you never know! So learn this skill or brush it up on April 5th as it is National Read a Road Map Day
- April 7 is World Health Day, and yay to it also being National No Housework Day (who am I kidding? But I am glad such a day exists to make me go yay!)
- The 7th of April also happens to be Girl, Me Too Day to show the support and solidarity among women
- International Romani Day is celebrated on the 8th of April; and the date also is National All is Ours Day. It will do us all well to remember “all that is ours.”
- April 9th happens to be National Name Yourself Day :-) so take a shot at giving yourself any name…and let others know so they can address you by that name, at least for the day (?!). Maybe you can be something or someone mythical? It is also National Unicorn Day
- And April 10th celebrates International Safety Pin Day as well as World Homeopathy Day
- Don’t forget to reach out to your siblings on April 10th (and every other day too), for it is National Siblings Day
- I love listening to songs by barber shop quartets. What about you? And whether or not you do, you should do so on April 11th as a way to celebrate National Barber Shop Quartet Day, and maybe discover something new.
- Two Terrific Books About Our Wonderful World
- These Wonderful Species Disappearing? Hope not..
- 3 Books to Learn More About Our Remarkable Natural World
- 4 Fabulous Books Featuring Our Fantastic World
- What a Wonderful World of Books and Words
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 in this wonderful week do you plan to celebrate?