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24 April 2019

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This is what I tell myself all the time! Loved the last verse :)

Thank you Keith for this interesting article on free verse poems. Sticking to the rules of formal poetry have been quite challenging for me thus I prefer and enjoy writing free verse poems.

Try this one. Lines that became poet William Butler Yeats' epitaph.

Cast a cold Eye
On Life, on Death
Horseman pass by

In thinking of a poet that PNG writers might emulate I don't think you can go past John Shaw Neilson. Here's a sample called Break of Day:

The stars are pale.
Old is the Night, his case is grievous,
His strength doth fail.

Through stilly hours
The dews have draped with love’s old lavishness
The drowsy flowers.

And Night shall die.
Already, lo! the Morn’s first ecstasies
Across the sky.

An evil time is done.
Again, as someone lost in a quaint parable,
Comes up the Sun.

I really enjoyed this too! Especially verse two and three.

Great stuff, Kathryna.

Thank you Keith. It is a very thoughtful article. I agree, there are many kinds of what is called free verse, but I doubt if any can replicate the thunder of the hoofbeats in the rigid rhyme and rhythm of Lord Byron's "Destruction of Sennacherib" thus:

"The Assyrian came down like a wolf on the fold,
And his cohorts were gleaming in purple and gold,
And the sheen of their spears was like stars on the sea,
When the blue wave rolls nightly on deep Galilee."

And because she is so gifted, I think that this is the kind of rhyme and rhythm Kathryna should be aiming for.
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Or this little beauty, eh Chips -

"There's a Patrol Post up there in the Sky, above the sea near Lae,
Nor'nor west of Samarai, south-east of Hansa Bay.
It has palm trees waving in the moon, where mosquitoes sting at night,
And canoes out on the blue lagoon, awaiting fish to bite.
It smells of kunai in the rain, and smoke from the valley floor,
And you'll hear the pounding surf again, on the reef beyond the shore.
It's the place where all the kiaps go, when their life on earth is through,
And they talk with all the friends they know, and of the things they used to do.

An extract from Chips' wonderful rhythmic (and rhyming) ode dedicated to the memory of all kiaps - KJ

This is one of the few examples of PNG poetry where the writer makes an honest attempt at rhyme and rhythm, just like a poem should be. The first two verses show how it should bge done, and Kathryna deserves congratulations for this.

Most of what claims to be PNG poetry is just a jumble of words, sometimes quite meaningless. But here Kathryna has demonstrated she has the consummate skill to become one of the best PNG poets.
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There are many different poetic forms and devices, Chips, including free verse poems that have no particular structure, format, rhyme scheme or anything much by way of rules. So rhyming may be your preference, Chips, but it’s not a rule. Here’s an interesting article giving 10 reasons why poems don’t need to rhyme https://www.kenneymyers.com/blog/10-reasons-poems-dont-always-need-to-rhyme/ - KJ

Kathryna sounds like a pretty feisty woman and she writes good poetry. I particularly enjoyed this one, especially the second verse.

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