As we continue our exploration of playful wordsmithing, it's time to discover and dabble in a little poetry.
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I am currently enjoying a 3 week free poetry course with www.futurelearn.com and through this discovered a new type of poem called a cento, also known as a collage or patchwork poem. A cento is made with lines from other poems to create a new poem. It is like a form of appropriation and because we are quoting only one line at a time, we are not infringing copyright.
There are surely many ways to go about it; however, we will experiment with a short two-line cento.
This is a little poem of five lines (from French, cinq = 5) from what I have discovered there are a few different ways to write a cinquain. The following format focuses on a central theme, matching tenses and point of view and specific numbers of syllables per line as below:
Follow the pattern or instructions to make your own cinquains.
Which do you prefer?
For me, it seems there is not much difference between wondering and wandering. It has always helped me find inspiration. Creative dabbling is good for the soul, I couldn't imagine life without it and often surprise myself by what I come up with.