Speaking Verse

Introduction

I’m pretty much overwhelmed by all the assignments and writing that I have to do for the course I signed up for. So, I don’t have much time to keep this blog up to date. As I browsed through the poems section of Eleazar’s Writing SpaceĀ I thought it would be a good idea to show you why I like that style of poetry. The style is very much looked down upon these days but back in the 1500s and 1600s, it was the style. I think of it as speaking in verse.

As a teen, whenever I was happy I would imagine that I’m on stage in a Broadway Production and respond to my family (parents and sister) in verse or song. My sentences would always rhyme. I will be honest here and say that I have trouble seeing non-rhyming, alleteration- and assonanceless poems as poetry. How can you call prose poetry?

Anyway, for the next few weeks I will post the work of John Bunyan, the author of the centuries old Christian Classic The Pilgrim’s Progress. He is my role model when it comes to narrative poems. You can read more about him here. This link will take you to the first chapter of the Book of Ruth which he versified.