EIF Poetry Challenge #15: Ekphrastic

This week’s challenge is an Ekphrastic challenge, in other words, writing a poem in response to a work of art. This week’s judge and three-time EIF Poetry Challenge winner, Nick Reeves, has provided the artwork featured in today’s post, which will be your prompt. Ekphrastic Poetry The word ‘ekphrastic’ comes from the Ancient Greek ἐκφράζειν (ekphrázein) ,… Continue Reading →

EIF Poetry Challenge #14: Tanka

As we have already explored the haiku form in a previous poetry challenge, this week I wanted to take a look at another Japanese form: tanka. If you thought a tanka was simply an extended haiku, think again! There is a lot more to the form than this. Read on to find out more… The… Continue Reading →

EIF Poetry Challenge #16: Nature Poetry

Nature plays an important role in the history of English poetry, from the time of Chaucer right up to the present day. Consider the opening lines of The Canterbury Tales: Whan that Aprill with his shoures sooteThe droghte of March hath perced to the roote,And bathed every veyne in swich licourOf which vertu engendred is… Continue Reading →

EIF Poetry Challenge #13: Villanelle

Happy New Year, poetry lovers! I’m excited to begin a whole new year of poetry challenges by examining a lyrical, dance-like poetic form: the villanelle. The form originated in France, though its name derives from the Italian villanella meaning ‘a rustic/peasant song or dance.’ It was originally a ballad-like pastoral poem with no fixed form,… Continue Reading →

EIF Poetry Challenge #11: The Results

This week’s challenge was to write a free verse poem, and, judging by the response, everyone who took part enjoyed setting their creative spirits free. I certainly enjoyed reading all of this week’s entries, which though diverse in subject were united in the beauty of their poetic flow. Our judge for this week’s challenge is… Continue Reading →

EIF Poetry Challenge #10: The Results

This week’s challenge was to write a pantoum poem, which reads like a poetic waterfall. We have had another fantastic response to this challenge and I’m sure our judge and last week’s winner, Nick Reeves had an unenviable task. Here is Nick, in his own words: Judge’s Comments Oh, Pantoum! The word has been rolling… Continue Reading →

EIF Poetry Challenge #10: Pantoum

The pantoum is a poetic form which originated in Malaysia, where it was developed from the form pantun berkait, a series of quatrain stanzas within which the lines are intricately woven. I discovered this form for myself by reading poetry on WordPress, and it immediately appealed to me because of its lyrical nature, and its… Continue Reading →

EIF Poetry Challenge #9: The Results

Today I’m very excited to announce the results of the EIF Haiku Poetry Challenge. The response was fantastic, and made me realise just how much care and attention is involved in creating haiku that are both poetically beautiful and resonant with meaning. We received so many striking and skilfully-crafted haiku that I’m pleased I did… Continue Reading →

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