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B&P’s Shadorma and Beyond – Tercet – February 20, 2016


As you can see from the title we’re going to work with the “tercet” this week.  This is not a poetry form in the true sense of the word like a sonnet, haiku or shadorma.  It’s a poem that has three units rhymed or unrhymed. But let’s read the Glossary of Poetic Terms  at the Poetry Foundation has to say about my choice for today:

A poetic unit of three lines, rhymed or unrhymed. Thomas Hardy’s “The Convergence of the Twain” rhymes AAA BBB; Ben Jonson’s “On Spies” is a three-line poem rhyming AAA; and Percy Bysshe Shelley’s “Ode to the West Wind” is written in terza rima form. Examples of poems in unrhymed tercets include Wallace Stevens’s “The Snow Man” and David Wagoner’s “For a Student Sleeping in a Poetry Workshop.”

Browse more poems with tercets.”

Let’s have a look at David Wagoner’s : “For a Student Sleeping in a Poetry Workshop

I’ve watched his eyelids sag, spring open
Vaguely and gradually go sliding
Shut again, fly up
With a kind of drunken surprise, then wobble
Peacefully together to send him
Home from one school early. Soon his lashes
Flutter in REM sleep. I suppose he’s dreaming
What all of us kings and poets and peasants
Have dreamed: of not making the grade,
Of draining the inexhaustible horn cup
Of the cerebral cortex where ganglions
Are ganging up on us with more connections
Than atoms in heaven, but coming up once more
Empty. I see a clear stillness
Settle over his face, a calming of the surface
Of water when the wind dies. Somewhere
Down there, he’s taking another course
Whose resonance (let’s hope) resembles
The muttered thunder, the gutter bowling, the lightning
Of minor minions of Thor, the groans and gurgling
Of feral lovers and preliterate Mowglis, the songs
Of shamans whistled through bird bones. A worried neighbor
Gives him the elbow, and he shudders
Awake, recollects himself, brings back
His hands from aboriginal outposts,
Takes in new light, reorganizes his shoes,
Stands up in them at the buzzer, barely recalls
His books and notebooks, meets my eyes
And wonders what to say and whether to say it,
Then keeps it to himself as today’s lesson.
Source: Poetry (October 2002).

I think this is a delightful poem … and I can really feel for the snoozing poet!  So now we can thinking of what to  write using tercets as in the example above.  Now for a little inspiration:

Through a Fence

Now, you can begin to write using the tercet or you can inspire yourself with something you’ve done, or maybe you prefer to do a shadorma … any of these are fine!

Once you’ve written your post don’t forget to tag: B&P’s Shadorma & Beyond and Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie and then link to our Mr. Linky app.

Have a great week everyone! Ciao Bastet.

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I love to read...I like to write...I've travelled the world and seen the sites. I'm past my prime and feel so young, especially when near the young. I'm writing this blog, to remember, to think and to share...with the hopes that someone else will make a comment that will stimulate new thoughts and pathways. Actually, I'm a gabber, so the logical extension of gabbing is blogging! ;-)

17 comments on “B&P’s Shadorma and Beyond – Tercet – February 20, 2016

  1. Melinda Kucsera
    February 20, 2016

    no syllable count for this? I’m trying to wrap my mind around this form. It’s tickling a poetic bone or two.

    • Bastet
      February 21, 2016

      No rhyme required – not prohibited either, but more than a stand alone form it’s one of the many structures used in poetry line quartine .. only this time three line groupings. Glad it’s caught your fancy!

      • Melinda Kucsera
        February 21, 2016

        I’m trying to branch out a bit. I haven’t come up with an idea for this one yet but I’m thinking on it 🙂

      • Bastet
        February 22, 2016

        Branching out is a good thing and. a toast to your muse!

      • Melinda Kucsera
        February 22, 2016

        Thank you! I’m trying 🙂

      • Bastet
        February 22, 2016

        🙂 as are we all …

      • Melinda Kucsera
        February 22, 2016

        😀 let’s hope we all succeed!

      • Bastet
        February 22, 2016

        Right on!

      • Melinda Kucsera
        February 22, 2016


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  3. julespaige
    February 20, 2016

    Thanks for the other examples. As I couldn’t quite see the form in Wagoner’s piece. Though I enjoyed it. I hadn’t had the fence in mind, but it fits too.

    Inevitable Silence

    • Bastet
      February 21, 2016

      Cool … looking forward to reading your poem, probably not ’til tomorrow though :-/

  4. Cheryl-Lynn
    February 21, 2016

    Due to lack of time, I used just the photo for inspiration but managed a shadorma and haibun 🙂 Great photo, cara!

    • Bastet
      February 22, 2016

      Great! And I do know the problem of time .. no worries.

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