Hello, everyone! It’s the fourth day of NaPoWriMo/GloPoWriMo, and also a Tuesday. Fun fact: it will be Tuesday all day today. That’s right: all day today, Tuesday.

Today’s featured participant is Katie Staten, whose elegy for her father-in-law is full of tender humor.

Our interview for the day is with Lawrence Ferlinghetti, one of the most important figures in the “beat” generation of poets, a great poet in his own right and also the publisher of many others through his influential City Lights press. You can learn more about Ferlinghetti here, and read some of his poems here.

And now for our prompt (optional, as always). One of the most popular British works of classical music is Edward Elgar’s Enigma Variations. The “enigma” of the title is widely believed to be a hidden melody that is not actually played, but which is tucked somehow into the composition through counterpoint. Today I’d like you to take some inspiration from Elgar and write a poem with a secret – in other words, a poem with a word or idea or line that it isn’t expressing directly. The poem should function as a sort of riddle, but not necessarily a riddle of the “Why is a raven like a writing desk?” variety. You could choose a word, for example, “yellow,” and make everything in the poem something yellow, but never actually allude to their color. Or perhaps you could closely describe a famous physical location or person without ever mentioning what or who it actually is.

Happy writing!

 

112 Responses to Day Four

  1. Hello! I wrote my “enigma” poem. Let me know what you think. Now, it’s off to bed for me.

    https://magicsurrealist2013.me/2017/04/03/hello-you/

  2. […] For: fourth day of NaPoWriMo […]

  3. […] For today’s prompt, click here. […]

  4. So, apparently I truly am stuck on a theme this year. Oh, well, here’s to “The Man Behind the Cards.”
    https://rhymenreview.wordpress.com/2017/04/04/the-man-behind-the-cards-napowrimo/

  5. https://mahathianand.blogspot.in/2017/04/napowrimo-day4-screen.html

    Uhh, mine is a limerick on children and their lifestyle these days… Do give it a read, even though it doesn’t quite adhere to the prompt :)

  6. […] to the Day 4 Enigma prompt, at NaPoWriMo […]

  7. Angela says:

    I randomised this prompt for me by taking an encyclopedia and blindly picking a word. Since I didn’t know enough about that word, I used wikipedia as a source: https://unassortedstories.wordpress.com/2017/04/04/yzmpqipof/

  8. Lori Gomez says:

    It’s up to the reader to guess who the narrator is addressing. That’s the enigma. I give huge hints. It is a famous figure. Ultimately though, he has a double identity – a doppleganger – who is cloaked beneath the first subject’s exoskeleton, only those who know me personally can even conjecture and they’d likely be wrong. Fun prompt. Gracias.

    https://ccthinks.wordpress.com/2017/04/04/when-this-boy-croons-every-moon-in-june-blooms-napowrimo-day-4-enigma-variations/

  9. Not to prompt (or is it}, but I think it’s worthy for a short-former anyway. A Sevenling: https://rlavalette.wordpress.com/2017/04/04/30-in-30-3-sevenling/

  10. […] Poem Write Month  Day #4: […]

  11. Sangbad says:

    The Word Itself Is an Enigma…let me know what you think at my blog…

    https://thoughtsofwordsblog.wordpress.com/2017/04/04/the-blue-enigma/

  12. Pamela Scott says:

    I’ve written my ‘engima’ poem ‘A Few Tips For Getting Yourself Clean’ and have gone for the not directly stating something angle, https://pamelascottwriter.com/2017/04/04/a-few-tips-for-getting-yourself-clean/

  13. A joke hidden in plain sight for a certain network
    https://notegraphy.com/dogtrax/note/3267948
    Kevin

  14. […] 2017 Occasional Dreams In response to: napowrimo Day Four – Enigma Image: Bamboo Forest by youn-sik kim / CC […]

  15. […] for napowrimo.net challenge:                                                                  […]

  16. emangarduque says:

    i’m glad to read that elegy from Katie Staten, and other poems. :)

  17. […] Twiglet #18–A Kiss on the Porch plus NaPoWriMo.net–Enigma […]

  18. Vince Gotera says:

    Two of us sharing poems at my blog. Two enigmas today … also working with Poetic Asides’ beginning/ending prompt. http://vincegotera.blogspot.com/2017/04/day-four-napowrimo-poem-day-2017.html Would you please leave a comment there? We’d both like to know what you think we’re doing with our enigma poems. Thanks!

  19. J Luukkonen says:

    “Spring”

    https://jluukkonenpoetry.tumblr.com/post/159187757552/spring

    This prompt reminds me of Hemingway. So many of his short stories are “about” subjects that never actually appear in the story itself. Here’s my little attempt.

  20. […] is Day 4 of NaPoWriMo. The prompt today is to take inspiration from Edward Elgar’s Enigma Variations. The […]

  21. Eric Erb says:

    oo what a fun prompt! i’ve two offerings, here’s the first: Riddle me this, Batman:

    https://erbiage.wordpress.com/2017/04/04/ed-nigma/

  22. Angela says:

    Not only off-prompt, but failing to remember exactly how a golden shovel is constructed until too late!

    https://flutterbynapowrimo.wordpress.com/2017/04/04/2017-day-4-despite/

  23. This one is a tad surreal. You might want some wine with your cheese.
    Happy Day Four!
    https://undercaws.com/2017/04/04/fractured/

  24. […] .. NaPoWriMo, day 4.  […]

  25. Happy to be here. “Hidden” always makes me think Ovillejo.

    Happy writing!

    https://whimsygizmo.wordpress.com/2017/04/04/quill-dawn/

  26. Claire says:

    I think I may have taken the prompt too literally. Oh well, I like this anyway :) https://clairevetica.wordpress.com/2017/04/04/inscrutable/

  27. […] via NaPoWriMo.net: Write a poem with a word, idea, or line that isn’t expressed directly. I decided a haiku was […]

  28. I decided on a haiku today: “Mornings”. Napowrimo 4/30: Mornings – Zouxzoux
    https://zouxzoux.wordpress.com/2017/04/04/napowrimo-430-mornings/

  29. Anuj Mahadik says:

    Here’s my poem full of clues and riddles. It’s real easy to tell what is it about. Would you love to try?
    http://www.anujmahadik.com/2017/04/04/the-sky-napowrimo-day-4/

  30. […] for NaPoWriMo.  The theme today is to write a poem about a subject without mentioning the subject (much like […]

  31. […] to go big by following the official NaPoWriMo prompt for the […]

  32. The Real Cie says:

    Team Netherworld is participating again this year. Here is Blooming Psycho’s brief but powerful Haiku, which I believe does fit the “enigma” theme. We always appreciate this prompt to hone our poetry skills, as well as the Laissez-faire attitude regarding the prompt where it’s a suggestion but the participant is welcome to deviate. :-)
    http://poetryofthenetherworld.blogspot.com/2017/04/napowrimo-2017-day-4-catastrophe.html

  33. Ileea says:

    This prompt was SO inspiring, but still, I did not manage to write about it. Instead:

    “Poetry is
    civil disobediance
    in language”

    https://ileea.wordpress.com/2017/04/04/aprillyrik-dag-4-civil-olydnad/ (in Swedish, but Google translate is your friend!)

  34. […] 4. Prompt– One of the most popular British works of classical music is Edward Elgar’s Enigma […]

  35. Roshni Nair says:

    Here my attempt, an enigma of That great Cesspool. Hope everyone likes it. https://roshnirwrites.wordpress.com/2017/04/04/enigma/

  36. […] optional prompt for Day 4 of National Poetry Writing Month/Global Poetry Writing Month at NaPoWriMo 2017 is to emulate Edward Elgar’s Enigma Variations by writing a poem that hints at something […]

  37. My response to today’s prompt was inspired by the interview.

    https://tinyurl.com/kxp4fsj

  38. […] NaPoWriMo Prompt Day 4 – Today I’d like you to take some inspiration from Elgar and write a poem with a secret – in other words, a poem with a word or idea or line that it isn’t expressing directly. The poem should function as a sort of riddle, but not necessarily a riddle of the “Why is a raven like a writing desk?” variety. You could choose a word, for example, “yellow,” and make everything in the poem something yellow, but never actually allude to their color. Or perhaps you could closely describe a famous physical location or person without ever mentioning what or who it actually is. […]

  39. […] not healthy, but work (and NaPo) waits for no-one. Today’s prompt: something […]

  40. Vin says:

    My try at an enigma poem
    http://vinlitevin.com/maybe-poetry/napowrimo/an-unparalleled-love/

    I am not sure if I was able to make the main character well hidden or not.

    Do let me know what you think..

  41. […] prompt  was to write an enigma poem. This feels underdone, but I’m out of time for […]

  42. Carla Jones says:

    Almost late to the party today, but just about done!

  43. Susan says:

    This morning I took a picture of an abandoned cabin and wrote a haiku to go with it. I’m not sure if my poem completely follows today’s prompt but here it is:
    https://suewmil.wordpress.com/2017/04/04/abandoned/

  44. Jim says:

    Better timing today, it’s 2:30 PM here in Texas. I chose an easy way out also, Marian at our Imaginary Garden with Real Toads gave us an easy prompt, it would be the first of my five-line poem.

    Here is my post: http://jimmiehov6.blogspot.com/2017/04/napowrimo-2017-04-an.html
    ..

  45. […] two birds with one stone here. The dverse prompt is to anthropomorphise. The NaPoWriMo prompt is to write an enigma. This cascade poem is neither very anthropomorphic nor a difficult […]

  46. I gave this a go. Not a difficult one to work out, especially given the illustration.
    https://janedougherty.wordpress.com/

  47. […] Day 4 of Na/GloPoWriMo, and today’s challenge is to write a poem with a secret – which functions as a sort of riddle with a word or idea or line that it isn’t expressing directly. […]

  48. […] riddle for NaPoWriMo & Real […]

  49. […] is for  NaPoWriMo-Day 4. The prompt was an enigma or […]

  50. […] optional prompt from NaPoWriMo.net was to let ourselves be inspired by Edward Elgar’s Enigma Variations, to write a poem with a […]

  51. Merril Smith says:

    Well, not the most upbeat poem,but you go where the muse takes you. :)
    https://merrildsmith.wordpress.com/2017/04/04/the-enigma-napowrimo/

  52. FoxOnBoat says:

    Not the most mysterious, but I tried.. heh heh

  53. […] DAY FOUR:   Write a poem with a secret, an enigma – in other words, a poem with a word or idea or line that it isn’t expressed directly. […]

  54. Anni says:

    It has happened again. My poem from yesterday turned out to fit today’s prompt.
    I still came up with a fresh one for today though. I had several ideas for the enigma-part (maybe with time, more poems will follow) – but for now, this is it: Musings concerning a lont lost Mathsteacher
    I can’t wait to see if anyone finds out the enigma. :)

  55. […] fourth poem for National Poetry Writing Month combines the prompt from Napowrimo.net, which is to write a poem ‘with a word or idea or line it isn’t expressing directly’, with […]

  56. […] or “ending” prompt at Poetic Asides, and the use of the word “enigma” at NaPoWriMo 2017. I am particularly taken with the phrase “caterpillar soup,” which scientists use to […]

  57. I’m still using several prompt sites and trying to synthesize what I can. This is what happened today.

    https://eyeofraven.wordpress.com/2017/04/04/metamorphosis/

  58. m.j.smith says:

    Applying the folk process to a famous old poem and keeping it embedded within:
    https://voyagecities.wordpress.com/2017/04/04/napowrimo-day-four/

  59. […] a root canal that’s finally finished and it’s painful. That being said, this NaPoWriMo exercise inspired me to write about something I noticed when I was 17 and it has grown ever since. […]

  60. Raivenne says:

    This beauty needs no introduction

    http://wp.me/pPury-2un

  61. […] NaPoWriMo prompt was to incorporate an “enigma” or something hidden into the poem, so I thought a movie […]

  62. https://visionariekindness.com/2017/04/05/in-the-city/

    I’ve gone astray- welp it happens Good Night Poets!!!

  63. Katie says:

    This one took me a while to get inside the poem, but it was fun to write once I figured out what I wanted to do. =)

    https://krstaten.wordpress.com/2017/04/04/napowrimo-4-anything-at-all/

  64. Puttered around today doing other things, trying to find a starting point.

    A box full of paint
    and paper and tape…

  65. […] Today’s NaPoWriMo prompt caused me to stretch a bit. I suppose that for many of you, there were be no question about to whom […]

  66. Continuing my little novel in verse!

    Night Tree

    Veronica @ Anything Veronica

  67. […] for NaPoWriMo Day 4. Decided to write a fun and silly poem for this day’s prompt: Enigma — Describe a famous […]

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