Last week reminder September: A & I Poetry Challenge: Limerick


 

Just a reminder that September Poetry contributions close next weekend, September 30.

This month we wrote some Limericks on seasons.

Please post your limerick on your blog, linking your URL to Ineke or Amanda’s blogs to get included in the September roundup and also for other bloggers to read.

For more information on how to participate click Here

Host bloggers are, Amanda   from Australia at

https://forestwoodfolkart.wordpress.com/2018/09/02/poetry-challenge-september-prompt/

and Ineke from New Zealand at

https://scrapydo2.wordpress.com/2018/09/22/a-i-poetry-challenge-limerick/

 jointly host the challenge.

Ineke mostly does the poetry in Afrikaans, while Amanda uses English.

The challenge is open to all, from first-timers up to well-advanced poets.

The Challenge runs from March to October 2018.

October is the last one for this year. Amanda will put the October Challenge up in the first week of October.

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A & I Poetry Challenge: Limerick


 

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SPRING

September

A month to remember

Snow on the hills

Still gives us chills

Spring in September we will always remember

Ineke

 

 

Write a limerick poem on the change of the season and post on your blog before 28th September. If you live in the Northern hemisphere, write about the onset of Autumn. Those living in the South, including Ineke and Amanda, write about the onset of Spring.

A Limerick is a humorous poem wherein the first line sets up the character(s) and setting, so the reader knows right away who/what the story is about.

Only five lines long, limerick poems have an ‘AABBA’ rhyme scheme

Hosts Blogger and writer from New Zealand, Ineke from scrapydo2.wordpress.com and Blogger, Amanda from Something to Ponder About, are jointly hosting a Poetry Challenge.

Amanda’s challenge is in English and Ineke’s is in Afrikaans, (translations in English).

The challenge is open to everyone, from complete beginners to advanced writers or aspiring poets. The challenge will run from March to October 2018 and will include writing tips and link backs for contributors. Beginner poet, hobbyist or Advanced writer We hope you will join in.

You can write in either language, however, please post a link back, and comment at both WordPress blogs to indicate your interest and include the tag  A and I Poetry Challenge. 

In this way, we can find you and read your poetry.

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A & I Poetry Challenge: Last week of August


 

Poetry Challenge – August prompt closing soon

Contributions for August close soon. Publish a blog post with your poem before 30th August if you wish to be included in the round-up for August:

Write a Heart Poem:

This might be a poem with lines written in the shape of a heart, or a poem about love, getting to the heart of a problem, about folks wearing their hearts on their sleeves, or someone showing a lot of heart in competitions.

Post on your blog on or before 30th August 2018 to be included in the link-backs.

The prompt is merely a suggestion and any topic is welcome.

Here is Amanda’s contribution for August:

 

When You Leave

My heart does dream of only you,

it has no time or rudder.

Until your touch is felt again,

that longing makes me shudder.

Your trust you gave implicitly

I will not lie or tease,

for in between life’s dark and light,

It ‘s you I long to please.

 

Hosts Blogger and writer from New Zealand, Ineke from scrapydo2.wordpress.com and Blogger, Amanda from Something to Ponder About, are jointly hosting the A and I Poetry Challenge. Amanda’s challenge is in English and Ineke’s is in Afrikaans, (with translations in English).

The challenge is open to everyone, from complete beginners to advanced writers or aspiring poets. The challenge will run from March to October 2018.

You can write in either language but please post a link back or comment at both WordPress blogs to indicate your interest and include the tag  A and I Poetry Challenge.

Beginner poet, hobbyist or Advanced writer – we hope you will join in with us.

For Full guidelines click here.

A and I Poetry Challenge

 

I copied and pasted this information from

https://forestwoodfolkart.wordpress.com/2018/08/25/poetry-challenge-august-prompt-closing-soon/

A & I Poetry Challenge: August Prompt.


 

A and I Poetry Challenge-  Tips on Writing and Prompt for August

Hosts Blogger and writer from New Zealand, Ineke from scrapydo2.wordpress.com and Blogger, Amanda from Something to Ponder About, are jointly hosting the A and I Poetry Challenge in English and in Afrikaans, in the WordPress community.

 

The challenge is open to everyone, from complete beginners to advanced writers or aspiring poets. The challenge will run from March to October 2018.

You can write in either language but please post a link back or comment at both WordPress blogs to indicate your interest and include the tag  A and I Poetry Challenge.

Each month we will post poetry writing tips, (see this month’s below) and link-backs to those who contributed by posting a poem with the Tag  A and I Poetry Challenge. on their blog.

Beginner poet, hobbyist or Advanced writer – we hope you will join in with us.

For Full guidelines click here.

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August Prompt:  Write a Heart poem

This might be a poem with lines written in the shape of a heart, or a poem about love, getting to the heart of a problem, about folks wearing their hearts on their sleeves, or someone showing a lot of heart in competitions.

Post on your blog on or before 30th August 2018 to be included in the link-backs for August.  The prompt is merely a suggestion and any topic is welcome.

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Write a Heart Poem in August

August Poetry Writing Tips

Finding inspiration to write poetry isn’t always easy or may not come automatically to many of us. Sometimes, our minds just get stuck for the right word. Or you can feel the word on the tip of your tongue but cannot get it out?

There are loads of tools on the net to help you in this sticky situation.

This month we look at some sites to help us find inspiration and words for our Poetry.

RhymeZone

The most popular rhyming dictionary is RhymeZone. Enter the word you need a rhyme for and Rhymezone returns multiple words that rhyme. RhymeZone also has some useful advanced features. If you want to find words that rhyme with love, just enter “love” at Rhymezone and you will get responses for one syllable and multi-syllable rhyming words. You can also search for synonyms or even definitions with this site.

Rhymes Lexemic

This site gives you options to vary the number of syllables and use a pronunciation search as opposed to one that searches on correct spelling alone.

Rhymebrain

This site gives you options in other languages

www.festisite.com/

allows you to search by tag, rhyme and submit your creation online so you can read others’ poems for inspiration.

www.b-rhymes.com/

This site gives you words that sound good together even if don’t technically rhyme.

More Rhyming Dictionary Sites

Thanks for reading and also participating.

Enjoy this months topic. Let it flow.

Ineke

Poësie uitdaging Julie opsomming. Poetry Challenge July Roundup.


Net Penpunt het hierdie keer n bydrae gelewer. Sy was egter so oulik om dit in Afrikaans en dan ook in Engels te doen. BAIE DANKIE ek waardeer jou deelname baie.

https://penpunt.wordpress.com/2018/07/23/soos-die-wind/

Amanda at

https://forestwoodfolkart.wordpress.com/

made the roundup for July

July is a month where many in both hemispheres take holidays, the temperate south freezes a little, while the subtropical south basks in dry warm daytime temps, and the temperate north experiences its long daylight hours of summertime. Great for relaxing and taking it easy. Perhaps some of our other contributors are also on holiday.

So I invite you to take a look at this month’s submissions who join in with the

A and I Poetry challenge for this month.

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The Prompt for July was to: –

Turn on the radio to any channel.

Write a poem inspired by the first thing you hear

 

Photo by Gratisography on Pexels.com

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Featured Poet – Tafazul Mattoo

Tafazul is an engineering student from Kashmir who loves to draw and write. His poetry is so very interesting to read. You can find more of his work at his blog, here.

Not sure if he should begin,
frightened about the endings.
He dipped his brush in the air filled with melancholy,
painting his chaos on her heart.
She followed the chaos.

Lucerne lights

its a labyrinth

that is what she thought
only frightened about the beginnings,
but they both were stuck in a maze

at different dead ends.

_Tafazul Mattoo

 

I am including another link to a poem of Tafazul’s here as it is definitely worth a read!

tafazulsblog.wordpress.com/2018/06/25/nail-in-the-coffin

Ju – Lyn is celebrating with lots of luscious imagery here – purplepumpernickelblog.wordpress.com/

Manja took us on a trip to Trieste – manjameximovie3.wordpress.com/

Amanda at Penpunt writes bilingually in Afrikaans and English, with her poem that makes readers think more deeply about the back story of conflict in her submission. A must read.

If you have written a poem in July and would like a link included here, please leave a comment.

August Poetry Prompt posted next week here and on  https://forestwoodfolkart.wordpress.com/

A & I Poetry Challenge: Reminder


I reblogged the information from  https://forestwoodfolkart.wordpress.com/2018/07/22/poetry-challenge-for-july-closing-soon/

Poetry Challenge for July closing soon

A and I Poetry Challenge

Time is running out if you wish to join in for the month of July in the A and I Bilingual Poetry Challenge (running each month until October).  Linkbacks to contributors will be posted next week. Leave a comment here, and tag your post as per instructions, to be included in the July roundup.

The prompt for July is:

Turn on the radio to any channel.

Write a poem inspired by the first thing you hear

(lyrics to a song, a commercial, etc.)

For the Afrikaans version of the Poetry Challenge, please visit Ineke at  scrapydo2.wordpress.com

Full instructions on joining in with the Poetry Challenge, look here

 

A & I Poetry Challenge: July 2018


Our July Challenge:

Turn on the radio to any channel.

Write a poem inspired by the first thing you hear (lyrics to a song, a commercial, etc.)

Post it to your blog, prior to July 26, and include the Tag A and I Poetry Challengeso that Amanda and I, (the hosts) can find your poem and comment.

Leave a comment on this post to indicate your interest in participation.

The A and I Poetry Writing Challenge has been running for several months and the poetic community grows each month.

(Click Here for a sample) 

When formulating your poem, please keep in Mind:

The prompt is merely a suggestion if you need help getting started with ideas.

You may, write about whatever you choose and still tag our A and I Poetry Challenge so that other readers can find your poetry post.

 

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A and I Poetry Challenge Instructions  HERE

Read my Submission in my follow up post, tomorrow, together with links to the Poetry participants from the month of June, but first here are some Poetry Writing Tips:

Poetry Writing Tips from Allison

  •  Don’t overdo prepositions, adjectives, and adverbs.
  •  Use action verbs, not “to be” verbs
  •  Help the reader interact with the poem.
  •  Help the reader relate by focusing on particular objects, not generalizing a type of object (whether the object is physical, mental, or spiritual).
  •  Find unusual subject matter — a teapot, a shelf, a wall
  •   Keep a notebook with you at all times so you can write whenever (and wherever) inspiration strikes.
  • Sometimes it is a scratching secret, wanting out, wanting to be in the world but held back by fear. Either way there is something about the act of sharing with the world, however big or small that world might be, that completes the creative process.
  • If you want to capture a feeling that you experienced, then you don’t need these tips. Just write whatever feels right. Only you experienced the feeling that you want to express, so only you will know whether your poem succeeds.

Happy writing

Ineke

A & I Poetry Challenge. End of June


Poetry Challenge Entries for June Closing Soon

It is the final week of the Monthly Poetry Challenge for June.

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Write a poem based on your own theme or the prompt given below, and post using the tag A and I Poetry Challenge.  You have until Friday to be included in this months round up of entries.

The prompt is outlined below but perhaps you have another theme to present?

Leave a comment here so that Ineke and I can easily find your poem for this month.

Find instructions for joining in HERE


June Prompt

Write a poem about something small that is only 5 lines long. Write the same poem again and try to use concrete words.

Discuss which version you like best and why.

The prompt is merely a suggestion if you need help getting started with ideas.

You may of course, write about whatever you choose and still tag our A and I Poetry Challenge so that other readers can find your poetry post.

If you have the skill to read or write in Afrikaans, you can find Ineke’s contribution here:

https://scrapydo2.wordpress.com/2018/06/04/a-i-poesie-uitdaging-junie/A and I Poetry Challenge

 

Amand and Ineke  – A and I Poetry Challenge

(I copied and pasted this from Amanda’s reminder)

A & I Poësie uitdaging: Junie


Junie uitdaging

Die “A & I Poësie uitdaging” is reeds vir ‘n paar maande aan die gang en ons poëtiese gemeenskap groei elke maand. (Hier is ‘n voorbeeld)

Diegene wat nog nooit die pen opgeneem het nie, skryf fantastiese gedigte. Ek kan nie wag om te lees wat hierdie maand gaan bring nie.

Vind die instruksies vir deelname  HIER

MEI SE DIGTERS was:

https://www.hesterleynel.co.za/2018/05/26/aandipoetrychallenge-may-2018-diamante/

https://penpunt.wordpress.com/2018/05/27/poesie-uitdaging-mei-2018/

(Onthou om die skakel in my kommentaar te plak asb. Dis moeilik om te weet wie het geskryf as daar nie n skakel is nie.)

Junie Uitdaging

Skryf ‘n “klein” gediggie wat vyf reëls bevat.

Herskryf dieselfde gedig weer en probeer om soveel konkrete woorde as moontlik te gebruik.

Watter weergawe is jou gunsteling/voel vir jou n beter gedig?

Dit dan is bloot ‘n voorstel om jou gedagtes aan die gang te kry.

Jy mag heeltemaal wegbreek  en skryf wat jy wil. Merk dit vir ons  A en I Poësie uitdaging sodat ander lesers jou gedigte kan vind.

My voorlegging
Image result for children playing touches

Speelgrond

Kinders speel Rakertjie

Wat ‘n geraas

‘n Geveg vind plaas

Trane rol

Verskoning

Vrede

Almal terug, hul speel

Almal neem deel

TOTDAT…
Meer konkrete verandering:

Speelgrond

Kinders speel Rakertjie, raak jou hier, raak jou daar,

 ‘n gehardloop,  geskreeu, geraas

‘n Geveg vind plaas,

klappe word uitgedeel.

Trane rol in strome.

Verskoning: tog so jammer.

Vrede, kalmte, rustiger

Almal terug op speelgrond, hul speel

Almal neem deel

TOTDAT…
Hier is ‘n paar wenke oor  konkrete woorde:

Poësie skryfwenke:

Een van die grootste probleme met enige taal is die inherente dubbelsinnigheid in ‘n abstrakte woord. Die betekenis is nie baie duidelik, en jy het “sterk beskrywende woorde” nodig om dit uit te lê. Dit is duidelik te sien as mens dieselfde gedig in verskillende tale lees.   Misverstand in vertolking van woorde of gedig vind maklik plaas.(Dit is my eie vertaling lees asb die engels hier:

[Bron: http://www.lookscloudy.com/2011/07/communicating-better-concrete-and-abstract/%5D)

Gebruik konkrete Woorde In plaas van abstrakte woorde.

Konkrete woorde beskryf dinge wat mense ervaar met jou sintuie.

  • oranje
  • warm
  • kat

‘n Persoon kan oranje sien, voel warm, of hoor ‘n kat.

Digters gebruik konkrete woorde sodat die leser  ‘n “prentjie” kry van waaroor die gedig praat. Met die “prentjie” in gedagte verstaan die leser makliker wat gese word.

Abstrakte woorde verwys na konsepte of gevoelens.

  • vryheid
  • gelukkig
  • liefde

“vryheid” is ‘n konsep, “gelukkig” is ‘n gevoel, en niemand kan saamstem oor of “liefde”  ‘n gevoel, ‘n konsep of ‘n aksie is nie.

Mens het geen smaak, kannie dit aanraak of hoor nie. As gevolg hiervan, wanneer dit gebruik word in gedigte, word hierdie woorde bloot net betekenisloos/gevoelloos vir die leser. Verder kan “vryheid”, “gelukkig,” en “liefde” verskillende dinge vir verskillende mense beteken. Daarom, as die digter sulke woorde gebruik, kan die leser ‘n ander betekenis daaraan toedig.

“Konkreet” beteken dat  jy iets kan ervaar met jou sintuie: jy kan sien, ruik, hoor, proe, of daaraan raak. “Abstrak” beskryf ‘n idee, gedagte of gevoel – iets waar  jy nie jou vyf sintuie kan gebruik nie.

Verander abstrakte woorde in konkrete woorde

Voorbeeld: “Sy voel gelukkig.”

Hierdie reël gebruik die abstrakte woord “gelukkig”.Om hierdie lyn te verbeter, verander die abstrakte “gelukkig” in ‘n konkrete beeld. Een manier om dit te doen is om te dink aan ‘n voorwerp of ‘n toneel wat gevoelens van geluk verteenwoordig.

Verbetering: “Haar glimlag versprei in n rooi tint, soos rypwording tamaties.”

 

Hier is nog paar wenke oor gebruike van konkrete woorde:

(Jammer vir die Engels maar dit neem te lank om als te vertaal!- Scrapydo)

https://forestwoodfolkart.wordpress.com/2018/06/03/a-and-i-poetry-challenge-monthly-prompt-for-june-and-poetry-writing-tips/

 

A & I Poetry Challenge/ A & I Poësie Uitdaging. Reminder/waarskuwing.


Dankie Amanda vir die waarskuwing dat Mei amper verby is. Hier is nog n paar ekstra ‘tips’.

Lekker dig. Sien jul almal weer met die volgende uitdaging

Poetry Writing Tips included below:-

Time is almost up for posting poems for the A and I Poetry Challenge for the month of  May. Have you written your poem, yet?

Post a poem with a link back to my blog before the 28th May, so I can easily find it and include it in the next monthly Poetry Challenge post.

 Poetry Challenge –  May Prompt

*Write a poem using this photograph or one of your own as inspiration.

 

N.B. If you choose to use your own photo, please post the photo along with the poem.

 

You will find the full post on the May prompt and guidelines here

 

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Poetry Writing Tips

I will discuss more using concrete language in poetry next month but here is a taste to get you thinking and writing in a more concrete way.

Tip: Use concrete language instead of abstract language

The key to writing great poetry is to write focused, concrete poetry. But many beginning poets write poetry based around wide themes such as love, life, and anger, generalizing their writing.

By using strong language, active verbs instead of passive verbs and concrete language instead of abstract, you can capture a reader’s interest and captivate a reader’s imagination. Poetry, as something others read, should be at its best interactive, and at its worse, straightforward and clear.

Here is an example:

Abstract vs concrete Example 1

 

Concrete words describe things that people experience with their senses.

  • orange
  • warm
  • cat

A person can see orange, feel warm, or hear a cat.

Poets use concrete words to help the reader get a “picture” of what the poem is talking about. When the reader has a “picture” of what the poem is talking about, he/she can better understand what the poet is talking about.

Abstract words refer to concepts or feelings.

  • liberty
  • happy
  • love

“Liberty” is a concept, “happy” is a feeling, and no one can agree on whether “love” is a feeling, a concept or an action.

A person can’t see, touch, or taste any of these things. As a result, when used in poetry, these words might simply fly over the reader’s head, without triggering any sensory response. Further, “liberty,” “happy,” and “love” can mean different things to different people. Therefore, if the poet uses such a word, the reader may take a different meaning from it than the poet intended.

Change Abstract Words Into Concrete Words

To avoid problems caused by using abstract words, use concrete words.

Example: “She felt happy.”

This line uses the abstract word “happy.” To improve this line, change the abstract word to a concrete image. One way to achieve this is to think of an object or a scene that evokes feelings of happiness to represent the happy feeling.

Improvement: “Her smile spread like red tint on ripening tomatoes.”

 

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