Friday, April 8, 2011

Skeltonic Verse

In researching different forms of poetry, I came across Skeltonic Verse, named after English Poet, John Skelton (1460-1529).  Skelton had tutored King Henry the Eighth when he was a prince and later spent time in prison, was censured by the church and seemed to have a lot of fun!  The rules of Skeltonic Verse are simple:  
  • Keep the line lengths between three and six words
  • Every end word rhymes with the previous, until you start a new set of rhymes
  • Keep the same rhyme until it starts to lose its energy or impact
  • The poem should be full of energy and fun
Here's my Skeltonic Verse:

The weekend's here
I shout and cheer   
Until I hear
A voice so clear
From in the yard
the words were hard
So I was jarred
My plans were marred
There on the stoop
With bag and scoop
He made me droop
"Let's pick up poop!"