Incremental Poetry ~ 9 Lines

Rainy Day

Oh, no!
The rain
made a
mess of
all of my
poems and plans.
They are ruined


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Welcome to my series, Incremental Poetry, where each week the featured poem will be one line longer than the one I share the week before. I have no idea how long I’ll keep this up, so we’ll just have to wait and see. Thank you for stopping by.

About the Poem:
I stepped away from my work to take a dip in the pool, and out the blue it began to rain. Immediately I got out of the pool and packed up my poetry journals, laptop, camera, and other belongings, to carry them inside. They weren’t really ruined, for they were under an umbrella; but I thought it made for an interesting poem.

probably created by Viola Gardner as a teaching tool
makes deliberate use of the 9 most common metric feet, one per line
Line 1 – spondee – SS
Line 2 – iamb – uS
Line 3 – pyrrhic – uu
Line 4 – dactyl – Suu
Line 5 – trochee – Su
Line 6 – amphimacer – SuS
Line 7 – choriamb – SuuS
Line 8 – anapest – uuS
Line 9 – amphibrach – uSu

By the way, if you have never heard of some of these feet, join the club. Some were new to me too. 🙂


11 Replies to “Incremental Poetry ~ 9 Lines”

  1. Hello, Interesting poetry forms. I’m still here, will have a go at writing some of these Incremental Poetry series you are writing. I wasn’t sure what they were all about, I have finally woken up. Hope you re having a great day.

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    1. Thank you, Elsie. I’ve become fixated, you might say, on learning new forms, and I’ve organized them in my folders by length, so I decided to also share them that way. I didn’t present these as a challenge per se, like the Friday series, but I did include the rules for each form so that you who are curious may also give it a go.

      I myself am barely here these days. I’m still adjusting to the new job and grieving the loss of “free time.” It’s a new normal. I like it most days. Cheers!

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    1. Some of them were brand new to me too. 🙂
      S = stressed
      u = unstressed
      The words in the poem can serve as samples for each. Personally, I think some of it is bogus. For example: A choriamb (L7) is nothing more than a trochee and an iamb placed back to back. To make this one foot and give it a new name is highly technical. Someone had way too much time on their hands. Lol… Just have fun with it.

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      1. Thanks for replying, as I’m writing a series of new poetry forms also I will do some of your forms also.
        Look after yourself, try not to overwork it is not worth it, it will only kill you and no one will be happy about that. Blessings my friend.

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      2. You’re right. Lately I’ve not been able to keep up. It’s obvious that some huge decisions hang in the near future. In fact, I think one will be made for me. Have a wonderful day, Elsie. You always brighten mine. 🙂

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