Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Diving into the A-Z

This year I have finally screwed up enough courage for the A-Z, and managed to find the sticking place, too. But I haven’t got it all down; it's unscheduled and mostly imperfect still, my p’s and q’s are not sorted, never mind the x’s and z’s.   

But I’ll cross those bridges when I come to them and chance a theme. And my theme is fixed verse forms. Totally predictable,  I know. I don't believe in nasty surprises. I have some favourite forms that I write to often, and there are others that I don’t really know anything about. Well, it's time to find out! 26 letters, 26 forms, 26 poems.  

No guarantees on rules and metres and feet remaining unbroken, of course. That iambic pentathingy particularly gives me butterflies in the tummy, except mine are never butterflies but more like caterpillars with that slithery-shuddery mode of locomotion. All I'll say about rules is  - will observe as far as able.

The time has come - the Walrus said -
to sniff out many things
offshoots - and tips – clogged fountainheads
and why the bulbul sings
if one can fly from A-Z
blind, and with batwings.

My sources are many and multifarious; the most important online ones are here and here. And last but not the least, dVerse where I have learnt and continue to learn many things about form.

Posted for the A-Z Challenge 2014, originally started by Arlee Bird at Tossing It Out.


  1. oh wow, this shall make for a very interesting read! I've always been curios about verse forms, but never have been able to study them. Oh how I wish I had! Anyway good luck with the challenge :D

  2. Welcome to the A to Z Challenge! You won't regret it.

    1. Thank you for your warm words! Hope all well with you.

  3. All the best for challenge Nilanjana... PS I like to type your name :) Its very euphonious !

    1. I can tell you that reaction to my name is pretty uncommon :) and euphonious would be just the thing for the 5th! Thanks for the wishes!

  4. Congratulations! I didn't think I'd be part of it this year either, but I've worked something out, only for a new blog about 'murder' - gosh folks are going to think it's my favorite subject. It's not! Honest! LOL

    I look forward to your posts!

  5. Thanks, Yolanda! Happy to see you back online!