A prompt from Voices: The Final Hours of Joan of Arc by David Elliott

Inspiration:  InVoices:  The Final Hours of Joan of Arc,David Elliott uses a series of poetic forms to tell the story of Joan of Arc.  At the end of the book, each poem is categorized according to forms that include Rondel, Short Rondel, Sestina, Villanelle, Ballade, Rondeau, Rondeau Redouble, Rondelet, and Triolet.  He also uses Free Verse.  Elliott’s approach to telling the story of Joan of Arc through a series of verse forms is creative and fascinating!  

Motivation:  Think of your favorite author, and do a little research on his or her life.  Use book titles, biographical information, awards, excerpts, or any other aspects of his or her life to create a verse tribute (or at least one of your top 25).   
Challenge:  Below is a link that contains 100 poetic forms from which to choose – just to widen your variety of choice. 
Write! Raise a Glass to the Literary Avant Garde by writing a verse that shares a glimpse of your favorite author.   
If you choose to write a Rondel, the format is:
13 lines in 3 stanzas (4 lines, 4 lines, 5 lines) with 8 syllables per line, and a rhyme scheme of
ABba/abAB/abbaA, with the upper case letters used as repeating lines
Mentor Poem:
“The Cattle,” a Rondel by David Elliott
What did she hear that we did not?
What was that faraway look in her eye?
The unthinking steps, the mournful sigh,
this girl unstudied and untaught,
trapped as if she’d been caged and caught
like a fledgling lark that is longing to fly.
What did she hear that we did not?
What was that faraway look in her eye?
Was it love, with its tender, unknowable knot,
or madness chanting its lullaby
out in the meadow beneath the blue sky?
Was she enraptured? Or was she distraught?
What did she hear that we did not?
          -David Elliott
Kim’s Rondel celebrating David Sedaris through the rearranged words of his book titles (Title words are capitalized)
A Fevered Barrel of Sedaris on Ice
Family Holidays On Ice
Talk Pretty Naked all the while
Barrel Fever, Calypso-style
Explore By Finding Theft in spice
One Day Let’s Dress Your Owls and mice
Squirrel Seeks a Chipmunk to beguile
Family Holidays On Ice
Talk Pretty Naked all the while
Corduroy And Denim entice
Engulfed In Flames but not denial
With Diabetes walk a mile
When You Are With Me, life is nice
Family Holidays On Ice

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