Thursday, July 28, 2011

Comparisons only lead to overstretching

(A found Rhyme Royal, kind of)

Stretch to a point where you feel a mild tension.
Do not bounce!  Breathe slowly, rhythmically.
Any stretch that grows in intensity is an over-extension.
If possible hold onto something and keep your knees bent slightly.
Be relaxed in your mind and body:  breathe easily.
Interlace your fingers and gently pull backward.
Hold only the tensions that feel good.

Read more Rhyme Royal at:  dVerse Poets


  1. The rhyme royal stanza consists of seven lines, (usually) in iambic pentameter. The rhyme scheme is a-b-a-b-b-c-c.

  2. Miss Jane, I love it! (Must show it to my friend who teaches yoga.) It's only 'usually' in iambic pentameter, so I think you have done a legit. rhyme royal. I must have a try at the rhyme without the usual meter, myself, now that I've seen how delightfully you managed it.

  3. "If possible, hold on to something.." is always good advice, especially if you end up over-extending. I like the last line, especially. Whether technically royal or not, definitely entertaining rhyme.

  4. Fascinating metaphor, deftly presented in the Rhyme Royal form. The image, the rhythm, the idea -- all woven with great artistry.


  5. Well you certainly succeeded with the message and the rhyme scheme. It has its own melody and a kind of bouncing meter so it's close to rhyme royal; however when I wrote "usually" I meant that it is sometimes written in tetrameter rather than pentameter. There may be an odd anapest for meaning but the usual foot is iambic.

    However while there are a fair number of iambic feet here, you also have a lots of trochees throughout particularly at the beginning of lines. Also,your lines are not equal in length or really pentameter at all, but quite irregular.

    Yet I am really glad you came, read, linked and commented. That is the dedication to poetry we appreciate. Thank you for doing so.

  6. Thank you all for your comments. I did this in fun, but it would be interesting to see if I could rework this in an iambic form.