Celebrating its 3 years of existence, the dVerse Poets Pub wants us to write an ode to a favourite poet. Odes are not really my style An ode consists of strophe, of complex metrical structure, followed by an antistrophe, which mirrors the opening, and anepode, the final closing section of a different length and composed with a different metrical structure. I hope I have understood this recipe.
Panegyric to Rosie
O poet lady with a magic touch, you inspired me.
Your poetry’s accessible, succinct and I admire you
Two indivisible poets: the late UA Fanthorpe –
through whose captivating poetry
I met the other half of the pair: RV Bailey,
fell under her firm but kind spell as teacher and poet.
From her I learned to shrink my words to bare bones,
save readers the task of wading through waffle to find the germ.
Since she told me to shrink my poetry,