General Poetry posted May 24, 2016 Chapters:  ...42 43 -44- 45... 


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Pantoum

A chapter in the book History and Myth

Ugh the Tug

by Treischel


Its moniker is - Ugh the Tug -
Whose engines chug within the bay
His whistle blows, he'll chug-a-lug,
To push the barges down the way.

Whose engines chug within the bay,
A powerful force for his size.
To push the barges down the way,
The large long load a big surprise.

A powerful force for his size.
He'll manage twelve in double file,
The large long load a big surprise.
The sight might cause a silly smile.

He'll manage twelve in double file,
So small for such a tough ordeal.
The sight might cause a silly smile,
With captain smug behind the wheel.

So small for such a tough ordeal.
His whistle blows, he'll chug-a-lug,
With captain smug behind the wheel.
Its moniker is - Ugh the Tug.




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Of course I had to write a poem for this one. That name just tickles my Muse. I spotted this little tugboat parked along the Mississippi river in St. Paul. I've seen it pushing huge strings of barges, although this day is was idle.

This poem is a Pantoum.
A Pantoum is a poem that is made up of quatrains with interweaving repeated lines. In that sense, the Pantoum is a form of poetry similar to a Villanelle. It is composed of a series of quatrains; the second and fourth lines of each stanza are repeated as the first and third lines of the next. This pattern continues for any number of stanzas, except for the final stanza, which differs in the repeating pattern. The first and third lines of the last stanza are the second and fourth of the penultimate; the first line of the poem is the last line of the final stanza, and the third line of the first stanza is the second of the final.

Ideally, the meaning of lines shifts when they are repeated although the words remain exactly the same. So, although they are the same words, their meaning is changed. this gives the poem it's intrinsic beauty.

A four-stanza pantoum is common,(although more may be used) and in the final stanza, you could simply repeat lines one and three from the first stanza, or write new lines.
The pantoum outline is as follows:

Stanza 1 A B C D (or A C B D)
Stanza 2 B E D F (or C E D F)
Stanza 3 E G F H Stanza
Stanza 4 G I (or A or C) H J (or A or C)
No specific meter requirement is identified. I wrote this one in iambic tetrameter.

This photograph was written by the author himself on March 6, 2016.
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