Stanzas, Syllables, and So On

Stanzas, Syllables, and So On

Some years ago, I was quite intent upon creating cinquains (poems consisting of five stanzas usually unrhymed containing two, four, six, eight, and two syllables respectively) as a means of conveying the premise of my stories.

My early endeavors:

A tribute to Miss Jane Austen

I recently decided to delve into a similar form of poetic expression as a means of stimulating my creative juices: specifically, haikus (Japanese forms of poetry of seventeen syllables, in three lines of five, seven, and five syllables respectively).

While I enjoy creating them for my books, traditionally haikus evoke compelling images of the world, its seasons and all the inherent natural wonders. Images that allow one to escape, if only for a moment or two, and experience a bit of magic. Then again, is that not often a purpose of books as well?



My most recent efforts:

It’s your turn. Are there techniques you employ from time to time to spark your creativity? Yes or no, I want to hear from you. Comment below. Bonus smiles for including a cinquain or a haiku in your remarks.

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10 Responses to Stanzas, Syllables, and So On

  1. Is there no end to your talents Pam? All of your examples are wonderful and so descriptive I’d never actually heard of the cinquain verse form before but I had heard of haikus. I’m not that creative myself but have thought up this haiku to describe Elizabeth from Darcy’s POV:

    A pair of fine eyes
    Miss Elizabeth Bennet
    Most handsome woman

    It’s nowehere near as good as yours, though.

  2. I couldn’t write a poem if my life depended on it. My daughter writes it though and writes a lot of Haiku. I do like your efforts above.

  3. Thank you for sharing your cinquains and haikus. I have never been very good at any kind of poetry and am not very creative so there is really nothing that sparks my creativity. I can appreciate the efforts of others though and am so happy that there are authors that share their gift with us.

  4. I so enjoyed reading your cinquains and haikus. Truly, they completely captured the essence of your thoughts. I am not a writer but I love to read! Thank you for learning about your methods of cranking up the creativity.

    • It’s my pleasure, Eva. I’m so glad you enjoyed the poems. Thanks for requesting a complimentary audiobook edition of Impertinent Strangers. I hope you’ll love the story.

  5. What a creative way to inspire your writing. You’re lucky. I’m rubbish at poetry of any sort. Usually, I play one game of mahjong to drive my to-do list out of my head, is all, and then rereading the previous section to reorient myself. When I write fantasy, I tend to play Enya, very quietly, in the background. She doesn’t work for me for Jane Austen, though. Mostly, I just close my eyes or a moment and picture exactly where the characters are and what they’re doing, ‘press play,’ and let them start moving. I’m more of a recording device than anything else. A lot of the time, I stare out the window at trees while I type, which is why I get quite so many errors 🙂 Really, it’s best if I don’t let myself interfere much with my writing :-p

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