AUSTRALIA ~ The Antipodes

AUSTRALIA ~ The Antipodes
I love a sunburnt country / A land of sweeping plains / Of ragged mountain ranges / Of droughts and flooding rains / I love her far horizons / I love her jewel-sea / Her beauty and her terror / The wide brown land for me / ~ Dorothea Mackellar (1885-1968)


Friday, July 29, 2011

Her mood today...

A tree in the Dromana Hills shedding its winter coat
Mother Nature is out and about getting ready to change the seasons!

Form for All - dVerse - Rime Royal
From Gay Cannon:
To celebrate new beginnings, I thought this week we’d look at one of the oldest forms in English, Rime Royal or Rhyme Royal. Traditionally, the name Rhyme Royal is said to derive from The Kingis Quair (“The King’s Book), attributed to James I of Scotland (1394–1437), but some critics trace the name to the French chant royal.

The rhyme royal stanza consists of seven lines, (usually) in iambic pentameter. The rhyme scheme is a-b-a-b-b-c-c. In practice, the stanza can be constructed either as a terza rima and two couplets (a-b-a, b-b, c-c) or a quatrain and a tercet (a-b-a-b, b-c-c). This allows for a good deal of variety, especially when the form is used for longer narrative poems; and along with the couplet, it was the standard narrative meter in the late Middle Ages.

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Her mood today's a sparkle in the breeze

She longs to feel the colours of the earth
She haunts the textured barks and greens of leaves

And from the soul of darkness springs a firth
The phoenix cycle wheels to legend's birth

A Tinkerbell awak'ning Spring's surprise
Her mood today's a scent of summer eyes

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Sheila Moore said...

whoa - that is a wicked photo. I enjoyed the journey through the seasons esp thru the tree's point of view...very interesting indeed. thanks!

Anonymous said...

You handle this form with mastery. A lovely nature poem with mythic overtones.


Tom Eliot said...

Tom Eliot:

This is a resounding write.

Flirting with the suface of things with a longing for something deeper but ultimately content with the state of grace nature allows?

You have got me speculating...ha ha ha

A positive antidote to my dark offering.

Thanks for visitng me and your kind words.

hedgewitch said...

I love it when nature takes off her clothes for the spring rites you write so beautifully of here. You make the form look easy.

Beachanny said...

I agree with Joy - and thank you for taking us "down under" where the season is changing to spring - ours are changing to tropical storms!

Perfection in form and meter. I hope everyone stops by here to read. Thank you for getting it just right as well as giving us a beautiful look at nature through your eyes. Scrumptious. I appreciate your reading and linking today! Gay

Laurie Kolp said...

Beautiful and precise adherance to this tricky form. I love the last couplet!

lori said...

What a lovely verse :) I especially liked the last line. Well done!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

It's a beautiful poem (and I have already forgotten the kind of poem it is) -- I'm kind of over my head here,but I love it! I feel like I pick up a little knowledge whenever I visit -- AND I get to look at your lovely pictures as I'm learning.

John (@bookdreamer) said...

Nice use of the form and image to explore nature

Dave King said...

Superb header picture and a fine poem. it was a joy to visit here.

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

Rhyming verse--a rarity! And you did it so seductively!



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