How to Write a Couplet Lisa Schlageck TEC539 Digital Media August 29, 2010
What is a Couplet? <ul><li>A small portion of a poem consisting of two consecutive lines that rhyme (eHow, 2010). </li></u...
First, <ul><li>Understand the format  </li></ul><ul><li>and then choose a topic. </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Make it simple ...
Second, <ul><li>Write the idea you wish to  </li></ul><ul><li>convey in a variety of  </li></ul><ul><li>ways, each time en...
Third, <ul><li>Recite each couplet aloud, listening carefully to the rhythm and flow of the words.  </li></ul><ul><ul><ul>...
Finally, <ul><li>Combine many couplets to form an extensive poem.  I won’t be a couplet any longer but it will sound great...
Example of a Couplet <ul><li>From Maxine Kumin’s “Morning Swim” </li></ul><ul><li>Into my empty head there come a cotton b...
References <ul><li>eHow, Inc., (2010).  How to write a couplet.  Retrieved from  http://www.ehow.com/how_2057569_write-cou...
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How to write a couplet

  1. 1. How to Write a Couplet Lisa Schlageck TEC539 Digital Media August 29, 2010
  2. 2. What is a Couplet? <ul><li>A small portion of a poem consisting of two consecutive lines that rhyme (eHow, 2010). </li></ul><ul><li>Any two lines working as a unit, whether they compromise a single stanza or are part of a larger stanza. Most rhyme, but they do not have to (Gotera, 1999). </li></ul>
  3. 3. First, <ul><li>Understand the format </li></ul><ul><li>and then choose a topic. </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Make it simple yet descriptive. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>A topic such as your life would be difficult to compress, but a topic about a flower can be simple. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>(eHow, Inc., 2010 and wikiHow, 2010) </li></ul></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Second, <ul><li>Write the idea you wish to </li></ul><ul><li>convey in a variety of </li></ul><ul><li>ways, each time ending </li></ul><ul><li>the line with a different word. </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Express your complete thought into two, mid-sized poetic lines. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Keep the flow going throughout the poem. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>(eHow, Inc., 2010 and wikiHow, 2010) </li></ul>
  5. 5. Third, <ul><li>Recite each couplet aloud, listening carefully to the rhythm and flow of the words. </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Read aloud to a friend for an opinion. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>(eHow, Inc., 2010) </li></ul></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Finally, <ul><li>Combine many couplets to form an extensive poem. I won’t be a couplet any longer but it will sound great if put together (eHow, Inc., 2010). </li></ul><ul><li>If you enjoyed writing a couplet, you may enjoy writing a sonnet. It involves putting together many couplets in a different way (wikiHow, 2010). </li></ul>
  7. 7. Example of a Couplet <ul><li>From Maxine Kumin’s “Morning Swim” </li></ul><ul><li>Into my empty head there come a cotton beach, a dock wherefrom </li></ul><ul><li>From Richard Steere’s “On a Sea-Storm Nigh the Coast” </li></ul><ul><li>The weighty seas are rowled from the deeps In mighty heaps, And from the rocks' foundations do arise To kiss the skies. </li></ul><ul><li>(Gotera, 1999) </li></ul>
  8. 8. References <ul><li>eHow, Inc., (2010). How to write a couplet. Retrieved from http://www.ehow.com/how_2057569_write-couplet.html </li></ul><ul><li>wikiHow, (2010). How to write a couplet. Retrieved from http://www.wikihow.com/Write-a-Couplet </li></ul><ul><li>Gotera, V. (1999). Couplet. Retrieved from http://www.uni.edu/~gotera/CraftOfPoetry/couplet.html </li></ul>

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