In Response To Virginia Woolf…

Her heart becomes malignant
in hell it's meant to punish
Whistful wind of discontent
a heartless soul will vanish

Steeped within the bourgeoisie
her fete was far from smart
Belly laughs and bonhomie
a second chance, a restart

(An Ae Freislighe Style Poem or An Irish Quatrain)
Quatrain stanzas (4-line stanzas)
7 syllables per line
Lines 1 and 3 rhyme together, but they rhyme as three syllables (xxa)
Lines 2 and 4 rhyme together as two syllables (xb)
The final syllable, word, or line of the entire poem should be the same as the entire poem begins (the poetic term for this is dunadh)
Poem can be as concise as one stanza and scale out as far as a poet wishes to push it

Published by M.

Artist from North Eastern Pennsylvania

14 thoughts on “In Response To Virginia Woolf…

      1. The thing about structured poetry especially in regards to syllables which also includes rhyme is hoping and praying you can find words that work to your idea. I wrote this poem in sections and backwards.

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  1. Great, great poem, Matt!
    I enjoy writing structured poems anymore as opposed to free verse. I like the challenge of making everything fit as it should. I’m a fairly organized person, so maybe that’s why structure appeals to me. Like you, for me, a structured poem isn’t alway drafted starting with the first line and ending with the last. Sometimes, it takes some creative maneuvering.
    Again, I really enjoyed this piece. 👏👏👏

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      1. You did, Matt. I just popped over and listened. Your voice contained just enough pathos without being sappy, and your bit of ad-libbing added to the story. And your Southern accent—well executed without being over the top. I enjoyed the listen. 😊

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