In this poem we measure
precise feet and follow rhyme
done right it could be treasure
sample written in no time
Odd lines three will prevail climb
last line we need to spin, miss
back to our first female rhyme
even lines have two in this
NaPoWriMo Prompt – Many years ago, “didactic” poetry was very common – in other words, poetry that explicitly sought to instruct the reader in some kind of skill or knowledge, whether moral, philosophical, or practical. Today, I’d like to challenge you to write the latter kind of “how to” poem – a didactic poem that focuses on a practical skill. Hopefully, you’ll be able to weave the concrete details of the action into a compelling verse. Also, your “practical” skill could be somewhat mythological, imaginary, or funny, like “How to Capture a Mermaid” or “How to Get Your Teenager to Take Out the Garbage When He Is Supposed To.” Happy writing!
I hope this Ars Poetica on how to write an Ae Freslighe doesn’t stink too badly and can be followed. Here is the website I used to remember how to construct this form. I thought of using it as my first Ae Freslighe used the word didactic for its three syllable rhyme. As you can see in the poem above, I kept the syllable rhymes correct, but I did not start the poem with a two syllable word nor did I end the odd lines with three syllable words. I think the rhyming still works though.