Thursday, 28 February 2008

123456

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.

2 comments:

April Boland said...

God, that does sound complicated! Are you happy with the with the way it's turning out?

Thanks for your kind words about my article :)

stu said...

It's a challenge, but quite a fun one. It takes the idea of tying things together with repetition close to the maximum. But it's like deciding to write a piece of music in an odd time-signature; it forces you to think in new ways. The poem's hardly a world beater, but it worked out reasonably well.