Hello, all. This is our final Friday in NaPoWriMo . . . just a few more days to go!

Today’s featured journal is Cha: An Asian Literary Journal, which has published NaPoWriMo-er Vinita Agrawal. Cha focuses on work from and/or about Asia, and is currently accepting submissions for its September 2014 issue.

Today’s featured participant is Retirement Legs, who really got into the spirit of yesterday’s masonry prompt!

And now for our (optional) prompt. 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!

 

62 Responses to Day 25

  1. […] 25 of NaPoWriMo – still spring around here, wow. Today’s prompt was to write an anaphora (essentially: […]

  2. Candace Shultz says:

    I used anaphora yesterday in my poem “Brick by Brick,” so I didn’t use today’s prompt for my poem “A Mom’s Goodbye.” http://writer-without-words.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/a-moms-goodbye.html

  3. […] from Vocativ’s site, click through to see it there.  I guess also in line with the “anaphora” prompt for NaPoWriMo Day […]

  4. Jessica Slavin says:

    I thought I’d already done today with a haiku, but then I wrote this found poem about the horrible 30 dead cats in Yonkers story, with anaphora.
    http://jessicaslavin.wordpress.com/2014/04/25/friday-found-poem-30-dead-cats/

  5. […] NaPoWriMo says ‘…for our (optional) prompt. 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 … I challenge you to write a poem that uses anaphora. Find a phrase, and stick with it …’ Then, just to complicate my life, vivinfrance had to throw down this gauntlet: ‘Can I issue a challenge – write a poem to whatever is tomorrow’s prompt, with NO rhyme and NO puns?’ […]

  6. […] challenge at Day 25 of NaPoWriMo 2014 was to use the anaphoric technique in a poem. Basically this means to repeat a word or an […]

  7. CC Champagne says:

    Lots of fun, and I got to use an amazing picture to match it too: http://ccchampagne.wordpress.com/2014/04/25/my-heart/

  8. The Product Poet says:

    “Dear Karma ~ Part II” Day 25: National Poetry Writing Month. #NaPoWriMo14
    http://t.co/cJ1O5Rb9dW

  9. […] Written for today’s NaPoWriMo prompt: http://www.napowrimo.net/2014/04/day-25-2/ […]

  10. martha0stout says:

    I couldn’t stick to just one phrase…sorry… http://martha0stout.wordpress.com/2014/04/25/at-first-day-twenty-five/

  11. […] Day 25: NaPoWriMo Prompt: An Anaphora Poem Share this:EmailPrintTwitterStumbleUponRedditLinkedInFacebookGooglePinterestDiggTumblrPocketLike this:Like Loading… […]

  12. […] Today’s prompt was to write a poem employing anaphora.  […]

  13. […] poem is for Lyra and it's inspired by today's NaPoWriMo prompt which was to use anaphora – a literary term for the practice of repeating certain words or phrases […]

  14. […] Anaphora is a literary term for the practice of repeating certain words or phrases at the beginning … […]

  15. I enjoyed this challenge! My poem is about parenting – “Everything Changed” – http://pookypoetry.wordpress.com/2014/04/25/everything-changed/

  16. […] poem was written for NaPoWriMo. Today’s challenge was to write an anaphora, which is a literary term for the practice of repeating certain words or […]

  17. Saaleha says:

    Here is mine. A bit of free association that became a poem titled Biodata. http://www.saaleha.com/2014/04/25/napowrimo-2014-day-25/

  18. […] napowrimo day 25 Share this:DiggEmailRedditTwitterFacebookStumbleUponLike this:Like […]

  19. […] http://www.napowrimo.net/2014/04/day-25-2/ Share this:MoreGoogle+ Angie WalkerLike this:Like Loading… […]

  20. […] have chosen to follow today’s prompt from the NaPoWriMo website; Anaphora is a literary term for the practice of repeating certain words or phrases at the […]

  21. Vince Gotera says:

    Mixed anaphora prompt with Poetic Asides’ “last straw” prompt.

     
    Spring

    I can’t take it anymore,
    cven though it’s just started.

    I can’t take it anymore.
    This morning I’m already stuffed up.

    I can’t take it anymore,
    even if snowdrops and hyacinths are beautiful.

    I can’t take it anymore,
    even if 30% of people are similarly affected.

    I can’t take it anymore,
    even if there’s no hay and there’s no fever.

    I can’t take it anymore,
    even if it’s so happily sunshiny outdoors.

    I can’t take it anymore,
    even if it happens again and again, every year.

    I can’t take it anymore,
    even if everyone else just loves the nice days.

    I can’t take it anymore.
    I can’t take it anymore.

    Alright, alright. I’ll take it.
    I’ll just have to get shots. And try
    to hold my breath until winter comes.

              —Vince Gotera

     
    http://vincegotera.blogspot.com/

  22. David Ellis (TooFullToWrite) says:

    I didn’t use a prompt today but I wrote some haikus http://toofulltowrite.wordpress.com/2014/04/26/napowrimo-poem-poetry-friday-haikus/

  23. […] after the daily prompt of NaPoWriMo. Que se sepaImprimirMásGoogleTwitterFacebookTumblrPinterestCorreo electrónicoGoogle+ […]

  24. I tried , here is mine…
    These Waters
    Now let these waters swallow spiritual hurts…
    Now let these waters speak of freedom
    Now let these waters lift us high
    Now let these waters kiss the sky
    http://www.kneal2poetry.org

  25. […] 2014 #25: Last Straw | NaPoWriMo #25: Anaphora Share this:TwitterFacebookPinterestGooglePrintEmailMoreDiggLinkedInRedditStumbleUponTumblrLike […]

  26. […] are only five more days left in National Poetry Month, the countdown begins! This NaPoWriMo poem contains an anaphora, “a literary term for the practice of repeating certain words or […]

  27. […] prompt from NaPoWriMo.net was to write a poem that uses anaphora, the practice of repeating certain words or phrases. I tend […]

  28. […] NaPoWriMo’s Day 25 (optional) prompt. 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. Thispost 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! Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… […]

  29. […] NaPoWriMo, Day 25. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like […]

  30. posmic says:

    I strayed from the prompt a bit, I think, but I like the result: http://marilyncavicchiaeditorpoet.wordpress.com/2014/04/25/once-i-went-to-walgreens/

  31. James Brush says:

    Here’s an attempt at a tritina using anaphora-“It Is Enough”: http://coyotemercury.com/2014/04/25/it-is-enough/

  32. […] [NaPoWriMo–Day 25–Anaphora]   [April 2014 PAD Challenge–Day 25] Share this:TwitterFacebookEmailPrintRedditStumbleUponDiggLinkedInGooglePinterestPocketTumblrGoogle+ Leona AtkinsonLike this:Like Loading… […]

  33. […] poem was written in response to a prompt from napowrimo.net: “Anaphora is a literary term for the practice of repeating certain words or phrases at the […]

  34. […] setting out to do it, I’ve used anaphora in this poem, which was the official prompt for yesterday. Also I’m quite struck by the idea of where all my vintage & secondhand clothes have been […]

  35. […] The Right Time – NaPoWriMo Day 25 April 26, 2014 Diana Rasmussen Leave a comment  NaPoWriMo – Day 25 Prompt […]

  36. […] in action, from Martin Luther King Jr’s “I Have a Dream” speech to Homer Simpson. So today, NaPoWriMo challenges us to write a poem that uses […]

  37. This one took me some time…inspiring photos are here!

    I take a deep breath, beginning anew…
    Glorious time of year as garden wakes
    I’ve spent hours using rakes
    Creating sanctuary birds return
    Twitterpated, I do discern

    I take a deep breath, beginning anew…
    Chickadees flutter, preen and cajole
    Fluttering above the grassy knoll
    Surprises daily in my inherited garden
    My skills the plants they duly pardon

    I take a deep breath, beginning anew…
    Successes better a list to keep
    For past mistakes I’ve buried deep
    Each trial and error and tribulation
    Do not require cogitation

    I take a deep breath, beginning anew…
    As Phoebe begins their ritual yearly
    Females taken cavalierly
    Daffodils their heads they raise
    Springtime’s here, we all do praise

  38. […] Day 25: NaPoWriMo Prompt: An Anaphora Poem // ← The Great Wall Simply Us → […]

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