The Dream Song at first glance could probably be considered a style or genre of poetry because of the prominent “dream theme”. But with more careful examination, the Dream Song is a framed verse form with a specific stanzaic prescription. It was created by American poet, John Berryman’s (1914-1972) book of 77 Dream Songs . He continued to write Dream Songs after the book was published and there are over 400 of his Dream Songs in circulation. The poems seem to me to be recordings of Berryman’s dreams in verse. They are often disjointed and bizarre although the frame of the poems remains consistent. There is a reoccurring character Henry who as a black faced minstrel is called Mr. Bones. The poems include “wrenched syntax, scrambled diction, extraordinary leaps of language and tone, and wild mixture of high lyricism and low comedy” . Poem Hunter.com.
The Dream Song is: • a verse form, the poem is written in 3 sixains, 18 lines. • metric, Accentual, usually L1,L2,L4,& L5 5 stresses and L3 & L6 have 3 stresses. As long as 4 lines are longer and L3 & L6 are shorter, the rhythm is jerky much like the content. • rhymed, rhyme patterns vary from stanza to stanza however there are normally 3 rhymes per stanza. abcabc abccba, aabccb, abbacc are a few of the patterns. abcbac is the pattern of the stanza below.
Dream Song #112 by John Berryman
My framework is broken, I am coming to an end, God send it soon. When I had most to say my tongue clung to the roof I mean of my mouth. It is my Lady’s birthday which must be honored, and has been. God send it soon.
I now must speak to my disciples, west and east. I say to you, Do not delay I say, expectation is vain. I say again, It is my Lady’s birthday which must be honoured. Bring her to the test at once.
I say again, It is my Lady’s birthday which must be honoured, for her high black hair but not for that alone: for every word she utters everywhere shows her good soul, as true as a healed bone,— being part of what I meant to say.
Pasted from http://www.poetrymagnumopus.com/index.php?showtopic=623 My thanks to Judi Van Gorder for years of work on this fine PMO resource.
Re-curring Dream (Dream Song)
Alone, depressed, confused, but well, I dream. I’m working at a place I’ve never seen. Achievement comes with ease. I’m asked to make a lunch run for the team Two blocks away exists a small canteen “Get crackers, coffee, cheese!”
The walk there’s pleasant, takes no time at all. The staff all greet me smiling, with good cheer and hand me tasty eats. I leave and find I’m in a massive mall it’s blocks across and doors are nowhere near, and none return to streets.
I ask for help, and people point the way; they’re wrong! I ask again and people stare… Of course they do, I’m nude. I criss and cross the sprawling mall all day I’m nearly nuts but suffer no despair – I’ve all the friggin’ food.
Pathways for the Poet by Viola Berg (1977) is a book for and by educators. Classic poetic forms as well as many invented forms which appear to have been invented as teaching tools or exercizes for use in workshops or classrooms are included. Some of these invented forms I have found in use in internet poetry communities, a testament to their staying power. On this page I include the metric invented forms found there in which appear to be exclusive to the community of educators from whom Ms. Berg drew her support. I have yet to find these in any other source… Whether classroom exercise or sharpening your skill as a writer, some of these forms can be fun to play with.
. • Zenith is a stanzaic form with meter and line length left to the discretion of the poet. It was introduced by Viola Berg.
The Zenith is: ○ stanzaic, written in any number of sixains. ○ meter at discretion of poet. ○ rhymed, abcabc defdef etc.
Pasted from http://www.poetrymagnumopus.com/index.php?showtopic=1199#dionol
My thanks to Judi Van Gorder for years of work on this fine PMO resource.
Debt Forgiveness (Zenith)
Alice made a bet the gun wasn’t loaded picked it up to look. Skipped out on that debt when the shell exploded so she’s not upset.
A poem based on six-line verses with a closing couplet. Here are Chuck’s rules:
The Sheshire is comprised of three stanzas of 6 lines with a rhyme scheme of either ABABAB or ABCABC. Completed by a rhymed couplet.
Each line has the same number of syllables. The one exception to this is the last line, which may have up to six additional syllables. The additional syllables must a phrase that is set aside (by parenthesis or dashes, for example). If this aside is removed, the correct syllable count would be there and the line would remain a reasonable sentence.
Each stanza should have a shift in tone. The ending couplet should leave the reader (or at least the poet) with a grin. It can be a darkly ironic grin, but a grin, nonetheless.
The derivation is from the Hebrew words shesh and shir or shira meaning six poem.
Memento, created by Emily Romano is a poem about a holiday or an anniversary, consisting of two stanzas as follows: the syllable count should be 8 beats for line one; 6 beats for line two; and two beats for line three. This is repeated twice for each stanza. The rhyme scheme is: a/b/c/a/b/c for each of the two stanzas.
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