Challenge: To write a rondeau poem.
Word Count: n/a
Judges: Jodi Cleghorn
I’m not sure I like this particular poetry form. It’s much more challenging than it appears at first blush. I’ve written a number of compositions and wasn’t satisfied with any of them.
I agree this poetry form is very challenging. Your rondeau is very haunting and communicates a powerful and poignant concept. Well done!
Hi everyone, to all those who commented on my story a few weeks ago – sorry I didn’t reply. My son had a stint in hospital so I wasn’t spinning the web very much. All better now and thanks for the comments. My poem – refugees without documents and no record of their birth date are all given the birth date of 1st January hence my poem is called Birth date 01-01.
Hi, Amanda! When I clicked your entry, I got “page not found.” I did find your rondeau on your home page, tho, and it deals with a very profound and emotional issue in a serious way that honors the dignity of those affected. Your sentiments will be echoed by all who read it.
Hi, everyone! I agree that the rondeau form is challenging. Look forward all the more to reading the entries in this challenge!
Definately a challenge I wrote about 7 and finally decided on this one which I’m still not completely happy with. Also for some Aston my blog is not editing it properly and instead of looking like a nice poem it’s all one big chunk
Aston. Gaaah autocorrect reason
The rondeau is a form that feels really archaic and ritualistic. I felt like Swinburne!
gahhh.. (repeats to self) I love poetry. I love poetry.. see how good I am at writing poetry?… not sure if that is enough of a pep talk… but its done.. well done and kudos to the poets out there who can just whip one out and its always awesome…
Poetry is a discipline, like martial arts. You have to do it every day and maybe someday you can chop the board in half with your hand (though I always thought an axe would still be easier).
You should try something like I did — challenge yourself to write one every day for a while. It’s kind of magical to watch your efforts transform from complete crap to only vaguely sorta crap!
Guh. Obviously that was supposed to be a reply to Annie. Um. Apparently I need to use WordPress comments every day for a while…
grin.. I’d rather punch my fist through a board any day than write more poetry. Much easier and less painful
I didn’t think I’d make it, but Kate Sherrod talked me into it. This was a tough one, so congrats to anyone who managed to write one of these things.
I loved the them of your rondeau, Travis! The form of the rondeau is so constrictive. It’s brilliant of you to use this form to question whether the poet shouldn’t just write free verse!
Travis, I’m not sure how to comment on your site, but I too love the way you use the restrictions of the form to question why we restrict ourselves to form. I decided amongst the 10 or so Rondeau pieces I composed and played with to get the form down correctly, that syllable restrictions must be imposed by people who like to rhyme but are otherwise rhythmically challenged! LOL!
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