I have been exploring various forms of poetry as of late- including Mirrored Refrain, Acrostic, and hell, I wrote my fist Haiku last week. I was even tormented and tortured by the Alexandrine(thank you, you know who)—a twelve syllable poem that is two lines of six syllables separated by ||—to the point of almost giving up. But I finally worked one out I liked.
The Japanese Lanturne (or Lantern) poetry form is one that I discovered to be a pleasant challenge. The traditional Lanturne consists of five lines whose syllabic sequence runs like this: 1-2-3-4-1— forming the shape of a Japanese Lantern when formated centered. Now, the strictest structure also mandates that the theme of the poem is nature, as is the case with most forms of Japanese poetry, and begins with a noun followed by a description of that noun.
vales, making our
Or some such shit.
Anyhoo…the number one unspoken rule about poetry is- write what you feel in any form that makes sense. As long as the emotion is conveyed, traditional structure takes the backseat.
So, taking that and running with it, I destroyed the Lanturne and created a variation of my own. I start with one noun, or abstract thought, and dialog about it throughout the poem until I end with the same one syllable noun or thought I started with— or something closely related to it.
I do try to maintain a structure that includes- a syllabic pattern that runs like 1-2-3-4-1-2-3-4-1-2-3-4-1 (the sequence can run as long as needed); the one syllable words in the middle are transitions (they end the previous sequence and begin the next).
My best effort to date, using this variation, was written just this afternoon:
my love never
world will not
keep us apart
I long to fill
are the most
precious soul to
am is yours
and yours alone
Want to give it a shot? How about a traditional Lanturne? Leave your poetry in the comments, and if I get enough, I’ll write a post featuring them.