Saturday, February 2, 2013

Two challenges

I am mixing Laurie's Friday challenge with Marian's  Weekend Mini challenge.
Laurie asked us to write about the term, Phantasmagoric!

(Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia) 1. Pertaining or relating to a phantasmagoria; of the nature of phantasmagoria; illusive; unreal.
(Wiktionary) 1. adj. Characterized by or pertaining to rapid changes in light intensity and colour. 2. adj. Characterized by or pertaining to a dream-like blurring of real and imaginary elements.
(WordNet 3.0) 1. adj. characterized by fantastic imagery and incongruous juxtaposition


Marian asked us to write a Cinquain.  The cinquain poem, while having the feel and style of Japanese forms like haiku and tanka, was created by American poet Adelaide Crapsey (1878-1914).

Guidelines are:
  
 The cinquain is a five-line poem with the following characteristics, in decreasing order of importance:


  1. Strict syllable count: 2-4-6-8-2
  2. Strong title (important with such a tight poem)
  3. Strong imagery (perhaps, even, an image per line)
  4. Nature imagery, as in haiku or tanka (though I certainly vary from this!)
  5. Juxtaposition or a clever “turn” at the end
  6. Accented stress pattern (1-2-3-4-1) and initial capitalization were both used routinely by Crapsey (and are both present in her poems above) but have been all but abandoned in modern cinquain writing. I have not really focused on meter, but may make that my focus this weekend.



earthworms  
find a green home
I need a good manny petty
white roots show at six feet below
up yours  
 

I spy clouds
birds shadow my thoughts
wish for eco friendly view
 you shouldn't piss off Mother Nature
Uranus







 via ***

finger
golden eyes you
 all that glitters is not
born with a silver spoon in mouth
rusted







a flame
she looks like a moth
no that is buttermilk
no she is a rare grey-blue bloodhound breed

bug off


34 comments:

  1. All are fun and smart...am partial the the first though;)

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    1. Thank you kkkaty :D
      I had fun, will try again!

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  2. Your poems have an assertive, defiant voice--I like that. Well matched with the avantgarde images. You did well with the form, too :)

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    1. Loredana,
      It was fun to be assertive and blur the lines a bit! Thank you so much :D

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  3. I love the little unexpected twist at the end of each cinquain. These are some amazing pics too.

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    1. I found the pics on Pinterest! A lot of wonderful, fantasy type stuff! I know, I will try again and be more accurate with the guidelines! It was fun~ Thank you :D

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  4. *guffaw* these are hilarious and wonderful. maybe i was born in a barn, but i never heard "manny petty" before and that made me laugh almost as hard as "Uranus" in the second. these are phantasmagorical all right!
    i was considering combining these two prompts, too. one never knows, maybe a phantasmagoric cinquain has yet to arrive! oh that is just hilarious even to say.
    wonderful, wonderful, Ella. yay!

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    1. I have a teenage daughter :D, lol. I know I didn't follow the syllable count on Uranus, but I had to do it, lol! I love this form and will try it again! I had so much fun blurring these two ideas, together! I will do it again ;D Thank you!

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  5. These are lovely words and pictures ~ My favourite is the last one ~

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    1. Thank you Grace!
      I didn't quite follow the guidelines, but I knew
      I had to go with it! I want to write more :D

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  6. amazing images Ella... you are sounding a bit saucy here today:-)

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    1. Hi Laura,
      Thank you ;D
      I wrote them late at night
      No more like wee hours of morning!
      lol yes, I guess I do

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  7. Oh my goodness. Ella's EDGE comes out! I love these, and I really really especially love that gorgeous picture of the moths.

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    1. Thank you Fireblossom! Yes, I had to let the real Ella out, lol~
      I know they are beautiful~

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  8. Yes, Ella's edge is revealed and she definitely is feeling her oats this weekend. Love it, kiddo......and look at you, combining TWO difficult challenges.

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    1. Hi Sherry,
      Yeah, I let her out once in awhile, when she isn't recycling garbage, lol. They were both so unique, it was fitting to put them together ;D

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  9. These are awesome!! Clever, funny ... thoroughly enjoyable.

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    1. Hi Helen...thank you! I didn't quite match the form. I will have to try again and again, lol :D

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  10. These are great... and witty... thanks for making me smile, Ella.

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    1. ;D You are welcome! Thanks for this unique challenge! It was fun~

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  11. Ah such beauty and wit as only you can do Ella. Love them!!

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    1. You are too kind :D
      Thank you Susie!!!

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    1. It was fun to do...
      I what to make beautiful ones, next :D
      Thank you

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  13. Very interesting pictures you chose, Ella; and I REALLY like your poems. Beautifully phantasmagoric!!

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    1. Thank you Mary!
      I do love that word... :D

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  14. These are fun Ella! Love 'manny petty' and ' born with a silver spoon in mouth rusted'...ha! The images are stunning too!

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    1. I kept thinking golden thumb
      golden tongue and then
      spoon fed of course ;D
      lol
      Thank you!

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  15. very witty! i, too, love the rusted silver spoon!

    have a lovely week, Ella!

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    1. I so wanted tarnished, but rusted
      worked best~ ;D
      Thank you!

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  16. Wow, each image went up then lept off the cliff.

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  17. You did such a good job with these. I love the last lines in all of them. Very clever. Enjoyed reading this and enjoyed the pictures you chose to go with each poem. Nice.

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    1. Thank you Myrna! It was fun to be bold :D

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