Rats. I just sat down to write my post and everything about my setup has changed. Nothing looks familiar. So I know it’s much better for me. Somewhere some bright young person has decided that I need to change something that wasn’t broken in order to improve my life through better technology, according to him or her. I am NOT having fun and I am NOT in a good mood! Thanks, brilliant young person.
I had fun a couple of days ago. I wrote a pantoum for kids. Not only that but I rhymed it. To save you from looking it up, the pantoum is kin to the villanelle in the sense that lines are repeated from stanza to stanza, but it’s a bit more complicated. In each new stanza the 2nd and 4th lines from the one preceding become the 1st and 3rd of the new one. Some pantoums rhyme but most don’t. I didn’t search long but didn’t spot any pantoum poems for young readers. If anyone knows of some we could read, that would be good. There may be many examples and I didn’t see them.
As I’ve said before, not all formal forms work well for young readers, but they’re always worth a try and make splendid exercises.
Ack! This new format is driving me nuts. I’m going to try this but have little faith that it’s going to turn out the way I expect it to.