Maureen Thorson’s NaPoWriMo prompt: "Today I challenge you to write a 'mix-and-match' poem in which you mingle fancy vocabulary with distinctly un-fancy words. First, spend five minutes writing a list of overly poetic words – words that you think just sound too high-flown to really be used by anyone in everyday speech. Examples might be vesper, heliotrope, or excelsior. Now spend five minutes writing words that you might use or hear every day, but which seem too boring or quotidian to be in a poem. Examples might be garbage disposal, doggy bag, bathroom. Now mix and match examples from both of your lists into a single poem. Hopefully you’ll end up with a poem that makes the everyday seem poetic, and which keeps your poetic language grounded."
Robert Lee Brewer’s PAD prompt: "For today’s prompt, write a poem in which something is lost and then regained. Maybe a relationship is lost and then regained, or a special keepsake. Maybe it was stolen and won back. Or maybe it was in your possession the whole time, but you just didn’t know it."
Today I mashed up the two prompts but did not make up lists of fancy and un-fancy words, as Maureen recommended. I simply used her example words: vesper, heliotrope, excelsior, and garbage disposal, doggy bag, bathroom.
Here is Jed's fancy/un-fancy poem. Maureen used the word "quotidian" in her prompt, and Jed says that since it was the only word in the prompt he had to look up, he had to use it in his poem!
Alan's intro today: "There's something to be said about the purity of early rock lyrics, such as those written by Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, Carole King, and the Beatles. There's also a bad way to say those same things. Here's an example."
She Loves You
Alan, what a refreshing and entertaining way to meld the two prompts — fancy/un-fancy over-the-top diction along with the loss and regain within the song's narrative — while also evoking your childhood and mine
"You think you lost your love.Brilliant! Alan's "translations" of the actual lyrics, I mean.
If you don't know the song, listen to "She Loves You" here. This video really highlights what a great '50s-style lead guitarist George Harrison is. There are sections of the song where they don't sing the "yeah yeah yeah" part as expected and instead George plays it as a chordal melody. Very sweet. You can hear this on the video at 0:28, 0:53, and pretty well at 1:29. You'll see also at 1:36 that the audience is throwing jelly babies onstage at their feet. A few seconds later, you can also see Ringo dodging something thrown on stage, maybe a flower but at pretty high velocity.
Ven's poem is a fib, a poetic form that uses the Fibonacci sequence: 1 1 2 3 5 8 ... (where each number is the sum of the previous two). He "fibs" with regard to numbers of lines in a stanza, numbers of words in a line, and also numbers of syllables in a word or hyphenated phrase, starting from 1 up to 8 and then back down. Hope that made sense. And of course "fancy" and "un-fancy" words.
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