Written for:  dVerse Poets Pub - Poetry Form:  Compound Word Verse
(posted by Grace)

"For today’s poetry form, we are going to learn about a compound word verse.

The Compound Word Verse is a poetry form invented by Margaret R. Smith that consists of five 3-line stanzas, for a total of 15 lines. The last line of each stanza ends in a compound word and these compound words share a common stem word which is taken from the title. (In the first example below the stem word is “moon” from the title “Moonlighting”; the compound words related to the title are moondust, moonbeams, moonsongs, etc.)"

The Compound Word Verse (3 lines) has a set rhyme scheme and meter as follows:

Rhyme Scheme: a,a,b
Syllable/Meter: 8, 8, 3

I stand outside to view the sky
where curtains are pulled, and yet I
see starlight.

On such a clear cold Winter night
the heavens are silvery bright
to stargaze.

My thoughts turn to Vincent Van Gogh,
how his painting captured a glow–
Starry Night.

On the silver screen actors play
out a scene, causing fans to say
I'm starstruck.

Underneath a movie marquee
when lovers leave, easy to see
they're star-crossed. 


About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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12 Responses to Star

  1. memadtwo says:

    A wide and encompassing explorations of stars. I especially like the second stanza. (K)


  2. Grace says:

    What a lovely night to star gaze and see those heavenly starlights.


  3. So much to find among stars… but maybe we need to look at the sky more and at those fickle movie stars a bit less.


  4. Ingrid says:

    Nicely done, to end with star-crossed lovers was a beautiful touch!


  5. Helen Dehner says:

    In your capable hands, stars are quite lovely today.


  6. Dora says:

    Starry-bright from beginning to end! Well done.


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