Short Form Poetry: In Your Name

From the short form poetry workshop last night.  It is a form called anaphora.  These are the notes from the first notecard explaining the concept:

“Anaphora is a poetic technique.
From the Free Dictionary
The first definition for anaphora is “The deliberate repetition of a word or phrase at the beginning of several successive verses, clauses, or paragraphs; for example, “We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills” (Winston S. Churchill).”
From :
The term “anaphora” comes from the Greek for “a carrying up or back,” and refers to a type of parallelism created when successive phrases or lines begin with the same words, often resembling a litany. The repetition can be as simple as a single word or as long as an entire phrase. As one of the world’s oldest poetic techniques, anaphora is used in much of the world’s religious and devotional poetry, including numerous Biblical Psalms…. Not only can anaphora create a driving rhythm by the recurrence of the same sound, it can also intensify the emotion of the poem. Grief is deepened in Lord Alfred Tennyson’s “Tears, Idle Tears” by the repetition of “the days that are no more” at the close of each stanza, in a variation of anaphora called epistrophe, where the echo comes at the end of the phrase instead of the start.”
The repeated word or phrase is often at the beginning of a line, but may occur in the middle of lines, or at the end of lines (although that is technically called epistrophe)”


Black Elk -Descending Doves

In Your Name
by Michael Romani
In your name
I will walk a new walk
In your name
I will talk a new talk
In your name
I will become better
In your name
We will come together
In your name
We will join in our love
In your name
We will live as above
In your name
We will live this prayer
In your name
Knowing that you’re always there(c) September 3, 2019  Michael Romani
All Rights Reserved


White Cliffs of Dover - Clarity of Christ




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