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Put "Contest entry attached" or "3 e. Fill out a separate. Save the entry form file to your computer or device, key in the requested info, then re-save it and email it.Students - a quatrain is a four line poem stanza.
Many poetry books are full of quatrains, and I like writing them too. Quatrains may rhyme in different ways, and may have different lengths of lines. Pay attention to prosody, imagery, showing-rather-than-telling, and elements like rhythm and rhyme used for effect.
If you master the traditional elements of formal poetry, you will have a strong command of enough techniques to sprinkle throughout your free verse as the poem dictates or break rules for effect within the works.
Then, I share with them that the definition for Free Verse is a poem that has no rules. In our Free Verse poems, they can write about any topic and can make up any patterns they would like, or they don’t have to follow any patterns at all.
Yup, since free verse poems have no set structure it’s up to you to make the poem sound great without rhyming or any type of pattern. Don’t worry if your poem sounds different than most poems you’re used to reading--Dr.
Seuss is lots of fun, but rhyming isn’t for everyone. A practical guide to demystify the process of writing poetry, by the bestselling author of A Writer’s Notebook and the ALA Notable Book Fig Pudding..
Poetry matters. At the most important moments, when everyone else is silent, poetry rises to speak. Cinquains. Writing a Cinquain Begin. Count syllables. Search for that perfect word. Five short lines grasp my idea— a glove.
I enjoy using a variety of different forms — from structured to free verse; I experiment with different forms until I find the "right fit" for the poem.