a la Bartholomew Griffin

a la Bartholomew Griffin is a poetic device, technique or tool. This technique is sometimes used as an exercise in repetitive end words in workshops and classrooms. Named for English poet Bartholomew Griffin (died 1602) from two of his 150 sonnets which were written with the end word repeated throughout the poem. This is considered Griffin’s literary contribution to technical form. The device is usually used in light verse and does not necessarily adhere to the original sonnet structure used by Griffin.

a la Bartholomew Griffin is:
• light verse.
• short. A poem written in 14 lines or less.
• metered or not at the discretion of the poet.
• written repeating the same end word throughout the poem.

SONNET 23. (published 1596) by Bartholomew Griffin

Fly to her heart ! Hover about her heart !
With dainty kisses mollify her heart !
Pierce with thy arrows her obdurate heart !
With sweet allurements ever move her heart !
At midday and at midnight, touch her heart !
Be lurking closely, nestle about her heart !
With power (thou art a god !) command her heart !
Kindle thy coals of love about her heart !
Yea, even into thyself, transform her heart !
Ah, she must love ! Be sure thou have her heart !
And I must die, if thou have not her heart !
Thy bed, (if thou rest well) must be her heart !
He hath the best part sure, that hath her heart,
What have I not ? if I have but her heart !


Write On by Judi Van Gorder

I ask, is this right?
I thought the right
way of it was truly right
in front of me. Right
next to the selected, right
book of verse at the right
hand of my desk. Write?
That word ‘s not right.

Pasted from http://www.poetrymagnumopus.com/index.php?showtopic=1103
My thanks to Judi Van Gorder for years of work on this fine PMO resource.

My example

Unexcused Absence (a la Bartholomew Griffin)

The poet needed an excuse
The missing muse was not excuse
enough he thought he ought excuse
his muse; he thought, “No, there’s no excuse
to give my muse an excuse to excuse!”

© Lawrencealot – November 9, 2014