Lanturne Poetry

lanturneA lanturne or lantern poem is a relatively new type of descriptive poetry which originated from Japan.  Similar to a Haiku, the lanturne poem has a fixed syllable count on each line.  Both forms of poetry are very short; challenging the writer to express their ideas with the exact words necessary to say what they are intending to say.  The lanturne poem uses five lines with a syllable structure of one, two, three, four and one syllables per line.  Some writers consider this form of writing a visual experience and will center their piece to appear like the shape of a lantern.   This adds another challenge, to both use the “right words” to speak their truth and words with enough characters to make the visual appearance seem perfect.

Film
Silence
Whispering
Encouraging
Dreams

Fire
Burning
Destruction
Unstoppable
Rain

Owl
Wisdom
Taking Flight
Casting Shadows
Night

Cough
Raspy
Worsening
Bloody Spittle
Death

 

Since this is the first time I’ve attempted this type of poetry, it appears that I have some work to do if I want to achieve that perfect lantern form.  My first one looked decent, but the second two look like mushrooms and I’m not really sure about that last one.  Regardless, it was fun to try it out.

R J Schwartz

I write about everything and sometimes nothing at all.I'm fascinated by old things, rusty things, abandoned places, or anywhere that a secret might be unearthed.I'm passionate about history and many of my pieces are anchored in one concept of time or another.I've always been a writer, dating back to my youth, but the last decade has been a time of growth for me.I'm continually pushing the limitations of vocabulary, syntax, and descriptive phrasing.

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R J Schwartz

I write about everything and sometimes nothing at all. I'm fascinated by old things, rusty things, abandoned places, or anywhere that a secret might be unearthed. I'm passionate about history and many of my pieces are anchored in one concept of time or another. I've always been a writer, dating back to my youth, but the last decade has been a time of growth for me. I'm continually pushing the limitations of vocabulary, syntax, and descriptive phrasing.

3 thoughts on “Lanturne Poetry

  • July 21, 2017 at 3:24 PM
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    How exciting it is to embark upon a new form of poetry. You really did quite well on this, Ralph. I see a lantern in each poem. I can see it takes a lot of thinking to write a Lanturne poem. Marvelous work!

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  • July 21, 2017 at 5:47 PM
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    It is good to try our hand at new forms of poetry, Ralph. Thanks for intrioducing us to the “launtern/lantern.” You did well, but I can see how getting a perfect lantern shape would take some perseverance. The trick seems to be the last two lines, going from a four syllable line to a one syllable line. You need the four syllable word to be as short as possible and the one syllable word to be as long as possible.
    Good job.

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  • July 22, 2017 at 9:35 PM
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    Nicely done Ralph, and I guess all these forms require practice and experience. I enjoyed the journey and words certainly can evoke feelings and sentiments in simplicity. Cheers!

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