If you are new to poetry then post here without fear. You will not get abused here instead you will find a group of friends that are prepared to help. We have poetry challenges that are designed to help you improve your knowledge and assist you write.
Post the words of your heart and mind, and all that we ask is that you respond to the comments to your poetry and comment on others poetry.
Every community should have a place to relax and discuss things. Rather than talk about it in the poetry forums, we have just the place here. Discuss poetry or anything here. Come and join Brigitte, our lusty barmaid, and tell her a tale to make her laugh, or set her a problem to make her think. You'll be glad you did!
As in Ancient days poets echoed the thoughts of the gods, so to in this age do poets quill the same. Be thee Pagan or not May the peace of the Goddess welcome
you to our place. Enjoy and share your thoughts from Mother Earth and Nature and all that's spiritually rewarding and write what thy will but thy shall
harm none Blessed Be!
Divena is very fond of Celtic and Folk Music and listens to it as often as she can and has often posted her favourites along with her poetry. She has agreed to post some of her favourite music here please feel free to enjoy and add your own also. I must emphasise that this is for Celtic and Folk music, not Pop, Rock, Duff-duff or even Classical.
There is no doubt that the ode form was brought to England at the same time as the sonnet, indeed its form is all but
a quatrain similar, and was used by many poets.
Because of this similarity, it is believed that Keats whilst writing sonnets also rediscovered the ode.
Many thanks to all of you who shared your poetic looks of love in the last challenge. Now we move on to politics, yes I know an awful subject to write poetry about. Here in the UK we are coming up to election time and no I am not asking you to share your political views - nothing as easy as that. The politicians want our votes and are busy selling themselves to all and sundry in their campaigns - much to our irritation or amusement. So there lies the challenge to share the amusement of politicians selling their granny's soul as well as their own to gain political advantage.
Do you think you are capable of writing a poem a day for 30 days? Every year in April, the Academy of American Poets holds a National Poetry Month (NaPoMo), and each poet that takes part in this challenge writes a poem a day for the 30 days of April.
Every member of this community who takes part, is given a 30 page chapter in a book I have constructed. Any form can be used and any genre written about during this period.
Please post your challenge in the Poetry Round with the title and a sub heading; day and NaPoMo. It would also save me some work if you copied it to the NaPoMo workshop, but if you don’t I will.
I would like all poets who post a funny poem in the Poetry Round to copy it to the Hall of Fun, once its here in due course I will create a web page and install it in there. In the Hall, you will find a table of contents similar to the Challenge TOC. Each poem will be a page in a chapter dedicated to that poet. Bawdy is OK and Fun, Porn is not permitted. The ball is now in your court. Let the fun begin.
In 2010 we ran a Months Sonnet Challenge where a new sonnets had to be posted every day. It was very popular and so it was decided that every August we hold a sonnet month. The 2010 was based purely around sonnet forms of the Elizabethan Era, but in 2011 it was decided to allow any sonnet form and a large area was covered as well as newly developed ones. Every poet that takes part will be given 31 pages that forms a book of sonnets of that year. The 2014 version is being run in conjunction with two sonnet form challenges, this is only intended to assist with the main challenge and not mandatory. Any sonnet form is permitted even newly invented ones.
Has your muse gone to sleep or jumped ship? Don't worry in here Ceridwen has created a series of work shops that will help you wake your muse up or drag
the recalcitrant back on board. In here you will find a series of proven exercises that as well as being fun hopefully will get you back on path. Being the
sagacious person she is, she realises no two are alike and gives alternatives. Who knows if your muse is badly battered, you may need to try both before you
will be able to get her up and running.
This year "My Selected Sonnets", will again concentrate on English Sonnets of the 18th to the mid 19th Century.
I am open to suggestions at all times and should you have a European sonnet that you like please contact me and hopefully we will be able to share it with the rest of the sonnet world.
Dante Rossettini stated; "A sonnet is a moments monument". This is precisely what I wish to create, a series of monuments to the sonnet form.
When power leads man towards arrogance,
poetry reminds him of his limitations.
When power narrows the areas of man's concern,
poetry reminds him of the richness and diversity of his existence.
When power corrupts, poetry cleanses.
Art establishes the basic human truth which must serve as the touchstone of our judgment."
This cosy little corner is provided for poets who wish to write in old English or their own local dialect. It will also welcome overseas guests who also wish to express themselves in their own local version of English. I would emphasise that all poetry should be posted in the Poetry Round and then copied here for preservation.
Divena has copied “The Diary of a Farmers Wife” a diary that covers just over a year of Anne Hughes life in 1796 – 7. The English used here might help some of you construct your own period poetry.
The poetry posted here will be placed in their own website and referenced from here and also I will be providing links and pages on the subject of Middle English.