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B&P’s Shadorma & Beyond – Didactic Poem – July 24, 2015Copy

Hello Folks …

have you ever thought of wanting to teach something … but didn’t want to just write an instruction booklet?  So have many poets  Shakespeare, William Blake, Ezra Pound, Rainer Marie Rilke … and many others.  The poetic form of teaching poems is called the Didactic poem and here’s one by Edna St. Vincent Millay:

Love Is Not All
by Edna St. Vincent Millay

Love is not all: It is not meat nor drink
Nor slumber nor a roof against the rain,
Nor yet a floating spar to men that sink
and rise and sink and rise and sink again.
Love cannot fill the thickened lung with breath
Nor clean the blood, nor set the fractured bone;
Yet many a man is making friends with death
even as I speak, for lack of love alone.
It well may be that in a difficult hour,
pinned down by need and moaning for release
or nagged by want past resolution’s power,
I might be driven to sell your love for peace,
Or trade the memory of this night for food.
It may well be. I do not think I would.

So today, let’s explore the Didactic Poem … it is characterized more by its content than its form actually.  It can be a sonnet, or free verse, blank verse or maybe a tanka.  The important thing is that it carries a lesson of some sort.  For more information and oodles of classical examples click HEREBut you can also find a lot of more modern examples at Poetry Soup.

At the beginning of the year, I wrote a brief Didactic poem about how to make a yogurt Cake:

Yogurt Cake

Ah, you liked my yogurt cake
It’s so easy for you to make
I’ll write for you my recipe
For a perfect bake!

You’ll need a jar of white yogurt
The jar you’ll use to measure
2 of sugar 3 of flour
It’s easy you see, a pleasure!

Now look at this:
Count down: 3,2, and 1
whole eggs, tablespoons of oil
and packet of baking powder…

Then you’ll need a pinch of salt
And you’ll grate in some lemon zest…

Add the sugar to the yogurt
Then slowly add the rest
Saving for the very last
The tangy lemon zest –

Stir and stir the mess around
‘Til the batter’s been well mixed
Put it in a non-stick pan,
Pop it then, into the oven,
Which will do for you the rest!

Bon Appetite!

So today’s form is the Didactic Poem … and for inspiration (you may want to choose to use your own artwork – but pls credit your art contributor):

Countryside Mill by Seung_Ho_Henrik Holmberg

Copy write by Seung_Ho_Henrik Holmberg – For more of his fascinating work click HERE.

You may write a Shadorma or maybe you’d like to try out the Didactic Poem as a Shadorma … what ever you choose to write please:

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Ciao and have a great week, Bastet!


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31 comments on “B&P’s Shadorma & Beyond – Didactic Poem – July 24, 2015Copy

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  2. Valida Faire
    July 25, 2015

    Bastet, what a fabulous recipe poem–sounds delicious, well done!

    • Bastet
      July 25, 2015

      Thanks Valida 🙂 it really isn’t half bad and with strawberries on top it’s heaven!

      • Valida Faire
        July 25, 2015

        How many ounces are in the “jar of yogurt”? Here, it comes in 5 1/2 or 6 oz cups–or the much larger 32 oz (which I buy because recipes usually call for “a cup”).

      • Bastet
        July 25, 2015

        125 grams …. don’t know how much that is in ounces … as it’s the smaller size, I’d presume that’s the 51/2 oz.

      • Valida Faire
        July 25, 2015

        Ahh, thank you, Bastet–I may give this recipe a try.

      • Bastet
        July 26, 2015

        Hope you like it!

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    • Bastet
      July 25, 2015

      Now that should be interesting!

  4. Grace Black
    July 25, 2015

    Oh, Millay is one of my favorites! And this selection is quite a good one. Okay gonna dive in…

    • Bastet
      July 26, 2015

      Thanks for diving in .. glad I chose one of your favourites!

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  7. Oliana
    July 25, 2015

    Miam que ça l’aire délicieux!!

    • Bastet
      July 26, 2015

      🙂 and you wrote a lovely poem to prove it!!!

  8. georgeplace2013
    July 26, 2015


    Not sure if this is a didactic or just descriptive poem.

    • Bastet
      July 26, 2015

      Well thanks for linking up … I’ll run over to have a peek!

  9. opie houston
    July 26, 2015

    didactic poems

    grab the image
    chew it into small pieces…
    spew it on the page

    Shadorma: (3/5/3/3/7/5)

    grab the horns
    of the raging bull
    show no fear
    meet his gaze
    then gently rub his back and
    lead him on the page

    • Bastet
      July 26, 2015

      Wow … thanks Opie a lovely didactic haiku, and the shadorma calls to mind the Zen story about the ox!

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  12. julespaige
    July 27, 2015

    Tad slow with this prompt.
    While I have often been told what and how to ‘do’ –
    I am not one to give instruction.
    I combined this with the Cascade form for a simple ‘trip’

    • Bastet
      July 28, 2015

      Hiya … hope to get around today to read your work … I’ve been lollygagging on the beach these days to catch the breeze!

      • julespaige
        July 28, 2015

        Enjoy the beach…

      • Bastet
        July 29, 2015

        Thanks … better than AC for sure 🙂

      • julespaige
        July 29, 2015

        Salt air is not quite the same as humid air by the creek. There are benefits to that wonderful salted air! Enjoy!

      • Bastet
        July 31, 2015

        Very very true .. and it has a totally different perfume too!

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