Recently, I've been trying to play around with a few different forms of poetry in an effort to break free of my tendency to use the same approaches for everything. Today, I had a go at writing a sestina. For those who don't know, that's a poem of six stanzas of six lines each where the last words on the lines repeat but in a changed order. Each stanza takes the 123456 of the last stanza and rearranges it 615243.
All very complicated, and there's a real danger with this sort of thing that the form of it overtakes the content, but it can be a fun challenge. I just wrote the first stanza without thinking about the repeating words too much, so when the word biscuit ended up as one of them, I had to think quite hard. Combine that with working on the PhD, rewrites on the novel, reading and a spot of job hunting and the day turned out quite full.