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Offline CarrieSheppard

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Short poem... does it scan ok despite the odd length?
« on: May 12, 2006, 05:32:18 PM »


Boys Pockets

String, bark peeled from a twig
Nestling comfortably amidst
The twist and fluff.
The shiny conker, scratched
And the paperclip
Jostling with the crackling wrapper
That inexpertly covers the last-chewed gum.

Unused handkerchief, folded still
But bearing the imprint of fingers
Who love mud, and stones,
and the great discoveries that lie
Unheeded at the feet of adults.


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Re: Short poem... does it scan ok despite the odd length?
« Reply #1 on: May 13, 2006, 02:06:52 PM »
I liked your poem.  I could really envisage inside the boys pockets and then I thought about what the mother had to empty out of them before being washed uhh!
Short but sweet.
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Re: Short poem... does it scan ok despite the odd length?
« Reply #2 on: May 13, 2006, 03:49:01 PM »
This is really a fine poem. The imagery is great and it does scan, especially if it is read well. I had a longer explanation, but a glitch on my computer or the internet wiped it out twice.  I would be interesting to get into this subject a bit one day.  To me, scansion is a matter of identifying the stressed and unstressed syllables in a line of poetry.  In a short poem lack yours I think there is a basic iambic (unstressed, stressed) pattern which comes through when you read the whole poem. Of course, often at the beginning of a line there is a dropped syllable and often an extra syallable at the end. It doesn't matter when the whole poem is read well.

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Re: Short poem... does it scan ok despite the odd length?
« Reply #3 on: May 13, 2006, 06:46:34 PM »
Ta Cal

I hear it in my head, and poetry that I was taught (many years ago though long forgotten) did centre around the old iambic pentameters and the like, so what I probably subconciously remember struggles through.  I must go back and study again at some point, remembering sonnets, turns, all that stuff.  Although form is not essential, a bit of discipline certainly helps me when I'm writing.

Thanks Greeneyes - I kind of built the image from experience, I admit! 

Glad it seems to be working.  Thanks for the comments,
Carrie

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« Reply #4 on: May 14, 2006, 03:19:51 AM »
Ok I thought it was very good.   Do you need a capital A for 'and the great discoveries?'
I notice you use capital A on the first verse - 'And the paperclip'


 The 'Unused handkerchief - folded still' - reminded me of how I used to iron hankies and they were still in my son's pockets unused and still folded as I had left them - he preferred to use Kleenex Tissues!!

This poem for me works well - super!

Lin

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« Reply #5 on: May 14, 2006, 07:23:47 AM »
Oddly, I am left dissatisfied with the ending, I think I would like to read on...just my first quick impression.
It's a lovely poem.
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Re: Short poem... does it scan ok despite the odd length?
« Reply #6 on: May 14, 2006, 12:32:00 PM »
Yes, there should be a capital 'A'.  As to length - it may feel more comfortable if the verses were the same length - I will have a ponder. 

Ta for the helpful comments all,
Carrie

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« Reply #7 on: May 15, 2006, 09:29:59 AM »
Great poem. Especially liked the ending which like zoomed out from the in-your-face close up of a boy's pocket world. Don't touch it. Write ten more!!

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Re: Short poem... does it scan ok despite the odd length?
« Reply #8 on: May 15, 2006, 03:53:56 PM »
Thanks Tharpa

I'll let it boil in the back of my mind - if anything comes out extra, I'll try it on for size.  If not, well there it is.

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« Reply #9 on: May 17, 2006, 12:04:09 PM »
I liked it! It was an easy read with a genuine feel for that small boys pocket!!

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Re: Short poem... does it scan ok despite the odd length?
« Reply #10 on: May 18, 2006, 03:30:32 PM »
The entire poem works, but I'm left empty at the end. There's no "  " for me to walk away with. Is that what you were trying to do?
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Re: Short poem... does it scan ok despite the odd length?
« Reply #11 on: May 18, 2006, 05:02:03 PM »
Interesting comment.  Different people seem to take something different away from this.  I felt that perhaps the two verses should be same length - but basically any additional lines didn't quite work.  I still think I could improve upon it.  Perhaps I should inspect my son's pockets for inspiration - then again at 15 maybe not!

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Carrie

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Re: Short poem... does it scan ok despite the odd length?
« Reply #12 on: May 20, 2006, 10:33:35 PM »
Hi Carrie,

I really liked your poem a lot too.  I know all too well what can be found in a little boy's pocket, and sometimes it's not a pretty sight!!  :P  I only hope that I can retrieve it all before it clogs up the washer or dryer!  Great job!  I'm just curious though . . . what's a conker?  --Carol

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Re: Short poem... does it scan ok despite the odd length?
« Reply #13 on: May 21, 2006, 06:14:49 AM »
US and UK - divided by a common language (now who is that quote from? I forget).

A conker is the seed of the horse chestnut tree.  In the UK kids drill a hole through them and then put a string through and have competitions seeing who's will crack first.

We even have world championships!
http://www.bbc.co.uk/northamptonshire/asop/east_northants/conkers_01.shtml

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Carrie

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Re: Short poem... does it scan ok despite the odd length?
« Reply #14 on: May 21, 2006, 09:47:00 AM »
Hi Carrie, I loved it! It took me back to when I was a little boy scratching about for any and all treasures that I could find and stuffing them in my pockets. I would leave the poem as is. Also, thanks to CarrolAnnS for posing the question re conkers. I've learned a little more today. Aelf  ::)