NaPoWriMo: My Friend

Published 26th April 2014 by viewsofpreethib

Day 26: Today’s prompt by the NaPoWriMo. Anaphora is a literary term for the practice of repeating certain words or phrases at the beginning of multiple clauses or, in the case of a poem, multiple lines. The phrase “A time to,” as used in the third Chapter of Ecclesiastes, is a good example of anaphora. But you don’t have to be the Old Testament (or a Byrds song) to use anaphora. Allen Ginsberg used it in Howl, for example. This post by Rebecca Hazelton on the Poetry Foundation’s blog gives other great examples of anaphora in action, from Martin Luther King Jr’s “I Have a Dream” speech to Homer Simpson. So today, I challenge you to write a poem that uses anaphora. Find a phrase, and stick with it — learn how far it can go. Happy writing!

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My Friend !

My Friend, it is left for you to decide,
To bring delightful moments or dreadful night….

My friend, it is for you to decide,
To change your fate into miserable or bring light….

My friend, it is for you to decide,
To fill your mind with negative or positive muse….

My friend, it is for you to decide,
To make your dreams either die or come alive……

(c) by Preethi.B

 

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