Week 2 of the Our Lost Jungle Poetry Form Challenge gave us a chance to repeat ourselves. Week 2 of the Our Lost Jungle Poetry Form Challenge gave us a chance to repeat ourselves.
We were challenged to write an anaphora poem. Anaphora is the "repetition of a word or words at the beginning of two successive verses, clauses or sentences."
Khara House, our challenge maven, threw a fastball by us when, in the first paragraph of her blog post, she prompted us to think of a word and write it down. You guessed it! This ended up being the word we had to repeat in our poem.
My word is yes. (Note: I'm sure I had just started drinking my first cup of coffee when I did this exercise.) And, yes, my initial reaction was horror; but after I stopped groaning and took my head out of my hands, I decided to give my little word a chance.
Do you know that yes may be an adverb or a noun? That it's plural is yeses and that there are multiple definitions listed under it in the dictionary?
So, here is my poem with yes as the anaphoree (Yes, I made that up.):
That's an Affirmative
Yes, it is.
Yes, I did.
Yes, that's right.
Yes, I am.
Yes, I can.
(Note: Please feel free to fill in the other half of the conversation).
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