Poetic Forms Winner: Phrase Manipulation
Hi everyone, if you missed the post on Phrase Manipulation, why not check it out now?
This has to have been one of my favourite weeks and it was great to see so many people having a go at an unconventional form! What I think is really fun about phrase manipulation is that it makes you concentrate really carefully on word choice because if you don’t get those words right at the beginning, it gets increasingly difficult to create interesting and new meanings from them. It also adds an extra emphasis to line breaks and word order and you can see what happens if you put the same words together in different ways so that moonlit pool can become pool moonlit.
The poem I’ve chosen to feature today is Niteowl’s and what I loved about her writing was how natural it felt and how she managed to make the words work for her. Let’s take a look:
Under the moonlight,
we hid from
the moon from us
under the light.
We hid light
from the moon
under the storms.
We the storms
hid from light
under the moon.
Light the storms
from the moon
hiding under us.
under the moonlight
hid from us.
The first stanza has a beautiful simplicity but still manages to give a setting, a danger to escape from and the use of ‘we’ is very effective in engaging with the readers. Then in the second stanza, the break down of moonlight into two separate words allows for more flexibility and really helps in avoiding the repetitiveness which is the danger of this form. My favourite phrase in definitely ‘light the storms’ – it has an unusual quality and crates a really strong image, emphasising the lightning and the almost supernatural quality to this poem – the ambivalent we who at one moment are hiding from the storms and another sheltering the moon from them.
The last thing I like about this poem is that it comes full circle and at the end the ‘we’ have become empowered and now the storms hide from them. It’s a nicely uplifting poem and works well with the form – well done Niteowl!
If there are any forms you would like to suggest for the weeks to come, please feel free to reply below. I haven’t actually chosen next week’s yet so maybe you could influence my decision!
** Image owned by Enokson at Flickr.