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Poetry Workshop: Nonsense Poetry Challenge

3/20/14 11:00am
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There you go!  Go ahead and try making a Nonsense Poem.  Be creative and make up some words if you'd like.  Make some portmanteau words.  Rhyme, don't rhyme.  Make sense, don't make sense.  Tell a story and experiment with sound.  It's up to you!  
  1. Send your entries to ninty1985@gmail.com by 3/31/14.  Please include your name or g1 name so I can give you credit.
  2. You do not have to be a g1 to send in an entry.

On 4/1/14, I'll post all the entries into a single post for all to enjoy.  I'll also offer constructive and positive feedback to all entrants.  And, of course, I'll be writing my own poem as well to share.  So, please, have fun!  I can't wait to read everybody's poems!

 

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Bygjuce - Poetry Guy

April Fools' day is upon us.  It's the single day in the year when everyone in the entire world feels that it's okay to be an asshole.  This usually equated to the people you know doing dumb pranks, internet sites creating links that take you to places other than where they promised they'd take you, and otherwise reputable news outlets dipping their toes into parody and satire.  Also, Google will probably do something.

To commemorate such a joyous holiday, I'm challenging everyone to write a Nonsense Poem.  What's a Nonsense poem?  Just how it sounds: a poem that makes no sense.  Convention is thrown out the window, white space is used liberally, and sometimes words are made up.  Take "Jabberwocky" for example:

Jabberwocky

Carroll, the author of Alice in Wonderland, wrote this Nonsense Poem and told a story about a young boy slaying a monster.  A pretty gruesome act made light-hearted with a little goofiness.  As you can probably tell, Carroll created a bunch of made-up words.  These words would later be coined as "Portmanteau" words: the mashing of two words together to make a single word.  In this poem, Carroll created the word "Chortle," which actually made it into the dictionary.  It's a mash up of "chuckle" and "snort," just in case you were wondering.

So sometimes Nonsense Poems can tell a story, and sometimes Nonsense Poems are used to experiment with sound.  Here's a classic by Gertrude Stein:

Susie Asado

If you read this and didn't enjoy it, try reading it aloud or listening to somebody's reading.  It's all about sound play.

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There you go!  Go ahead and try making a Nonsense Poem.  Be creative and make up some words if you'd like.  Make some portmanteau words.  Rhyme, don't rhyme.  Make sense, don't make sense.  Tell a story and experiment with sound.  It's up to you!  
  1. Send your entries to ninty1985@gmail.com by 3/31/14.  Please include your name or g1 name so I can give you credit.
  2. You do not have to be a g1 to send in an entry.

On 4/1/14, I'll post all the entries into a single post for all to enjoy.  I'll also offer constructive and positive feedback to all entrants.  And, of course, I'll be writing my own poem as well to share.  So, please, have fun!  I can't wait to read everybody's poems!

 

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