Categorized | 2015 April, Digest, Poetry corner

Eternal Spring – Terry Gilbert-Fellows

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Victor Hugo supposedly introduced this convoluted Pantoum matrix to western society from his experiences in Far east , particularly Malaysia.

So as it is his fault, I have taken some of his quotes and sadly twisted them slightly to fit my tortured scheme.

But I still feel that his best ever quote was ; “ I don’t care what Congress does as long as they don’t do it in the streets and frighten the horses.”

Victor Hugo has a lot to answer for.
The pantoum is a form of poetry similar to a villanelle in that there are repeating lines throughout the poem. It is composed of a series of quatrains; the second and fourth lines of each stanza are repeated as the first and third lines of the next. This pattern continues for any number of stanzas, except for the final stanza, which differs in the repeating pattern. The first and third lines of the last stanza are the second and fourth of the penultimate; the first line of the poem is the last line of the final stanza, and the third line of the first stanza is the second of the final. Ideally, the meaning of lines shifts when they are repeated although the words remain exactly the same: this can be done by shifting punctuationpunning, or simply recontextualizing. Thank you Wikipedia.

 

Eternal Spring

 

Eternal Spring lives in my heart,

As winter sets upon my head.

Laughter is the Sun that drives

Oncoming winter from the mind.

 

As winter sets upon my head

Wonderful thing to laugh, to love,

Drives oncoming winter from the mind.

But far grander still to be beloved.

 

Wonderful thing to laugh, to love,

Laughter is the Sun that drives.

But far grander still to be beloved.

Eternal Spring lives in my heart.

 

©  Terry G-F 2015

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