General Poetry posted October 9, 2021

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The Bridges poetry form

After the Storm

by damommy

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I watch as raindrops pummel ground with savage blows,
while creeks and rivers strangle from the overflows,
and still they fall.
They bounce like drumsticks on the tightest kettle drum
and cover sounds with steady, droning hum,
a sudden squall.
The deaf’ning cymbals clash outside my windowpane.
and cheer the roaring tempest on in its campaign
to flood the land.
Small droplets running down the glass form drippy path
will give the windowsill its springtime bath
with soft command.
But . . . now it’s done, the grasses fresh and green once more,
the flowers rise in splendor as they’d not before,
their leaves bedewed.
From cruel, maddening thirst to having craving slaked,
their will to live was weak, but now awaked.
The earth’s renewed.

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Command - an authoritative direction or instruction to do something

Waked - Completely conscious; not in a state of sleep. 2. Fully alert; attuned; 3. verb (used without object), waked or woke; wake meaning: 1. to (cause someone to) become awake and conscious after ... past tense woke or waked | past participle woken or waked (also wake up) - Cambridge English Dictionary.

The Bridges

Syllabic: 12/12/4/12/10/4
stanzaic, any number of sestets (6 line stanzas).
Rhyme scheme: aabccb ddeffe etc.
Metric: Iambic hexamter, iambic pentameter, iambic dimeter

"Nightingales" is a poem in three stanzas, each of six lines, the third and sixth lines being less than half the length of the other lines in each stanza, such that the ideas developed in the first two lines of each half-stanza are brought to a quick conclusion in the third.

-The Bridges is a stanzaic form with a formal tone created by the long and short lines and exact rhyme scheme. It is patterned after Nightingales by English poet Robert Bridges(1844-1930).

Great poetry explained: Nightingales, by Robert Bridges

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