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2009 Form Challenges

#12 Spenserian Stanza

Edmund Spenser used a distinctive verse form, now known as the Spenserian Stanza in several of his works, most notable is the epic Faerie Queen. The stanza has Nine lines and the main meter is iambic pentameter (10 syllables) over the first eight lines with a final line in iambic hexameter (12 syllables)
Stanza's Rhyme Scheme:is; a. b. a. b. b. c. b..c. c., and typically has a caesura, or break, after the first three feet

Forth came that auncient Lord and aged Queene,
Arayd in antiquerobes downe to the ground,
And sad habiliments right well beseene;
Anoble crew about them waited round
Of sage and sober Peres, all gravely gownd;
Whom farre before did march a goodly band
Of tall young men, all hable armes to sownd,
But now they laurell braunches bore in hand;
Glad signe of victorie and peace in all their land.


from The Faerie Queene by Edmund Spenser

The form made a comeback in the Romantic period particularly with the poets Shelley and Byron:and it may be noted that Shelley did not stick to IP
Oh weep for Adonais! -- The quick Dreams,
The passion-winged Ministers of thought,
Who were his flocks, whom near the living streams
Of his young spirit fed, and whom he taught,
The love which was its music, wander not, --
Wander no more, from kindling brain to brain,
But droop there, whence they sprung; and mourn their lot
Round the cold heart, where, after their sweet pain,
They ne'er will gather strength, or find a home again.


from Adonais, An Elegy on the Death of John Keats by PB Shelley
My thanks to Jem Farmer for her help with this site.


Spenserian Stanza Challenge Replies

Maryse Achong

Mister magic

Divena Collins

Calming Of The Waters
Test of Time

Jem Farmer

Pegasus
Victor's Flight
When The Goddess Called

Ryter Roethicle

Castles in the Air
Discovery
Goodly Thoughts
Just Shadows
Learning to Love
You have
Xplanation

Leny Roovers

Tears
Unfolding

Nia Wynne

Like a Frefly
Silken Butterfly
Where Dragons Die



Maryse Achong

Mister Magic

One man with many titles he could claim;
He was the King of Pop, but there was more…
Poor Little Rich Boy could have been his name,
The Prince of Pain for all the hurt he bore;
A Peter Pan, a misfit to the core,
But able still to sing and dance his way
Into the hearts of people, that's for sure;
He's gone and everyone will have a say,
But you deserve to rest in peace now Michael J.

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Divena Collins

Calming Of The Waters



How calm is the sea on this moonlit night,
gentle breezes dance o`er a rippling ocean,
shimmering thro`waters most visual sight
a calm, gliding, of a boat in motion,
where two lovers gaze, in tranquil devotion.
in a World of their own, deeply in love
a beautiful fantasy locked in emotion,
the closeness they feel, from the stars high above,
both enchanted by moonlight, and the calmness thereof.

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The Test Of Time



If I was to say that I love only you,
will you gather me closer to your chest?
tho`our days now are numbered all but a few
will your passion shine through with finesse?
we two together, will forever be blessed,
older now, but love remains in both our hearts
adoration, fondest affection, unstressed
time now erased, our destination to start
with everlasting life, to remain, and never to part.

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Jem Farmer

Pegasus

To ride on Pegasus - the white winged horse,
I'd fly across the skies to be with you,
defining love, a mystic dream, of course,
where senses waken with the morning dew.
My Pegasus, his wings of shimmering sun,
I'd grasp his mane and ride the open sky,
to see the truth beyond the easy fun,
astride his back, my horse like love can fly,
can love be real or just another wasted lie?.

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Victors Flight



In summer's lunar light - his words I weep?
To cast aside his love for beauty's touch,
as Siren whores with devilled fingers creep,
inside vacated heart of nothing much.
A scant desire that leads to bitter pain,
his twisted thoughts - my flights of ecstasy,
my first and last , my sun and winter's rain,
his words release my mind to liberty,
yet where his soul remains - his words have no mercy..

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When the Goddess Called my Name

No love could breathe around my blackened soul,
that night I looked to vivid lunar skies,
a lonely wind of change as life took toll,
I heard the pipes of Pan and whispered sighs.
Where witches dance to Nature's true devise,
the mystic Lady came and called my name,
and magic dreams began to fill my eyes.
Oh Queen of silver light my heart is tame,
this summer night which sparked my soul's eternal flame.

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Ryter Roethicle

Castles in the Air

Flying alone along the avenue of clouds
I welcome the silence and the solitude
The total absence of sound and crowds
So close, to heaven at this altitude
I feel a sense of awe, a change of mood
Looking up, I fly my craft along a street
First black then white, till blue is viewed
Being human, that challenge I cannot meet
Too high to far for a mere mortals feat.

Angels and Gods look from their heavenly height
Smiling at a mere mortal looking up at them
Not curious just amused by that simple sight
A wish to fly they had heard man mention
That wish to fly they could never condemn
They give to birds and insects a gift rare
Who has not heard their joy of ascension?
And the joy of man in flight they are aware
As they look down from their castles in the air..



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Discovery



If you look at a person long enough
You discover humanity through their eyes
First unyielding then no longer tough
The longer you look behind the disguise
Each time you see more pain and cries
And smiles and shrugs and cast off laughs
Fears and tears and problems hid by lies
Now through fate we have crossed paths
Sharing emotions from experiences carafes.

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Goodly Thoughts

Each road in life is along a rocky path
Take each step with care in case you slip
There is not any truth of the Lord's wrath
For like any father your arm will grip
And help if needs be, of any further trip
Like any father he will watch you stray
Understanding curiosity's fillip
Yet making allowances for us to play
And not feeling put out if we never pray..

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Just Shadows



See as we walk the way our shadows hold hands
The way they blend and merge as we wander
The sun creating images out of golden bands
Making them more real than us we wonder.
And having joined cannot be pulled asunder
The absence of body is this what reality means?
What is reality, is it all just a casual blunder
This unity of souls this apotheosis of scenes
If that is reality, I wonder what are dreams?

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Learning to Love



Our bodies and minds are conditioned by life
Open your heart before love says goodbye
Showing emotion and not be stoic in strife
To learn to love, you must first learn to cry
For too long now, my heart had been awry
Slowly through you, I'm now learning to weep
Thankfully now that love is in great supply
Not tears or sobs and nights spent without sleep
Now tears of joy as loves nightly vigil we keep.

But now it's become time for you to cry
For too long now you have held pain inside
It's now time for you to waive it all goodbye
Along another's path you must learn to ride
At the same time taking on another's stride
Now I'm here holding you close as you sob
Look in my eyes, see there is nothing denied
As anger and frustration from inside we rob
Then moving closer we feel hearts throb.

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You Have

You have become a presence in my mind.
I do not like it, for no longer is my mind free
My thoughts once controlled and simple kind
Instead, my waking time is taken up with thee
Of the future, of love and of you and me
In my minds eye I see you everywhere
And think of things that could just be
In thoughts so different to what was there
With thoughts about someone for who I care

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Xplanation

Each time we love I ascend into heaven
For a while I live with the moon and stars
Then I become a flaming meteor, a certain
Cast off from some remote, distant quasar
Not just a reject from nearby planet Mars.
Finally I land back on earth happily spent
But now I can't give up what's so easily ours
I am addicted to you, yet I am content
Knowing that my fix will be ever present..



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Leny Roovers

Tears

As purple flocks of clouds appear to fuse
together, they are solid; dark's the wall
no lights can penetrate, the leaden hues
weigh heavy on the sky till raindrops fall.
Then heaven cries, and with each tear she calls
a message to the Lords of rain and cloud:
'Where is my sun, my light, my flowered hall?
Why is she forced to wear this gloomy shroud?'
With thundering voice a bolt of lightning answers loud..



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Unfolding

When Truth unspoken can't escape the dark,
it's light obscured by throngs of loud-mouthed lies,
both heart and conscience wait for life's bright spark.
It shall ignite black shrouds and unveiled eyes
no longer stifle cries as tears arise.
Too long we were entangled in lies' hold-
a smothered love first withers, then it dies;
in chains of exchanged words, Truth stayed untold
Now, in your darkest hour, her petals might unfold.



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Nia Wynne

Like a Firefly



Like a firefly in a fourth of July sky
You shown brighter than all of the other rockers,
Other rockers, dancers, singers gave little sighs,
So little their talents matched the smartness of yours.
Sensations of perfection touched clouds, so high,
You never thought the sum of it was a quasar,
Star like being sending out radio waves, pi
Of energy evincing rounds of applause's;
So sad you now are lost to the sky, sad causes.

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Silken Butterfly.

Half a dream came true when he opened his wings,
Inviting a friendship in the shadows of clouds
It seemed that half of love is all he could bring,
so with it flew a silken butterflies shroud
That should have been left on the muddy ground.
Giving up flight again once the earth met
With feet of ten thousand butterflies all around,
A great mass of life became a regret
Wishing for flight that only love would let..



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Where Dragons Die

My soul is in the sky where dragons go to die
And alight the heavens with another bold star,
Always watching and waiting for others to fly,
With myself amongst them, in spirit, from afar.
The journey begins when gliding for take off to summer
Lakes of crystal blue, flying a small globe
In an infinitesimal universe, spar
Of lighthouse on the rocky shore, in earthly robe
Strewn with many human candles that make her strobe. .



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