We’re three days in, everyone, and I imagine you are still getting your sea-legs (poem-legs?) Hopefully, you’ll get the rhythm down and writing a poem each day will come as naturally as eating breakfast! And poetry is cholesterol-free!

Our featured participant today is Oaks to Acorns, which took our star-based prompt for Day 2 in a novel and charming direction.

Our featured resource for the day is Poems by Heart, an app that helps you memorize poems. If you’ve never tried to memorize a poem, it’s easier than you think, and has lasting benefits! Memorization, ironically enough, helps you to read better, by forcing you to “act out” the poem. It also gives you a means to entertain yourself (yes, I have spent time while waiting for buses quietly reciting “The Raven” to myself).

And now, for our optional prompt! Today I challenge you to write a fourteener. Fourteeners can be have any number of lines, but each line should have fourteen syllables. Traditionally, each line consisted of seven iambic feet (i.e., an unstressed syllable followed by a stressed syllable, times seven), but non-iambic fourteeners also exist. The fourteener was popular in 16th and 17th century England, where it was particular common in ballads, but it also is the form in which “Casey at the Bat” is written. The form is versatile enough to encompass any subject matter, but as the example of “Casey at the Bat” shows us, it is particularly useful in narrative poetry, due to the long line and the step-like sense of progression created by the iambs.

Happy writing!


56 Responses to Day Three

  1. […] NaPoWriMo prompt is to write a fourteener – a poem where every line has 14 syllables. And they are supposed to […]

  2. […] breath for their season opener. I was inspired to do this instead of following the daily prompt at http://www.napowrimo.net/day-three/ which contains a link to the poem “Casey at the […]

  3. Jim says:

    I’m liking your place and the poems. I am posting over with at the Imaginary Garden but did want to check in with you guys, please. Today’s effort was compose a song. I’ve composed some before to keep in my head for a day but have never formally written one down. I’ll share it with you here:

  4. […] P.S. The title for today’s post is from The Devil Went Down To Georgia by the Charlie Daniels Band (anyone growing up in the South must know this one from birth). And, information about the fourteener came from NaPoWriMo’s post for today. […]

  5. Grace Black says:

    Wow great challenge today. Meh, here is my attempt: My Style is My Style and My Style is My Own

  6. inktuition says:

    No time to measure 14 syllables today. I’m a writer, not a mathematician. So, here’s my individual post about my gorgeous new writing desk that’s 200 years old: http://inktuition.net/2015/04/03/the-promise-of-my-new-old-writing-desk/

  7. […] at NaPoWriMo our challenge for National Poetry Month is to write a “fourteener.” Visit the page to […]

  8. That was fun! I wrote a fourteener narrative poem inspired by the new Cinderella movie.

    “Cinderella’s Circumstance”

  9. heidi says:

    This prompt was challenging!

  10. […] have been loosely following the prompts on napowrimo.net today’s was fourteeners.  I can’t guarantee I will stick to the prompts though. I’ll probably wander off on my […]

  11. […] And so I work my way into (or around) the fourteener. […]

  12. Here is my poem, “Love and Honor” which is the motto of the college my lad chose today to attend: http://theproductpoet.com/?p=7789.

  13. grapeling says:

    Followed the prompt at dVerse, to pen a villanelle, for mine today.


  14. Here’s my Fourteener for today’s prompt (I’m finally writing to prompt).
    It’s called ‘Transplant List for a new Hope':


  15. Irene Riz says:


    I just found you site today, did not know about the challenge either.
    I am sorry, I hope I am not too late.
    This is a poem I wrote this morning, I hope you enjoy it.
    I would like to promote my Google+ page instead of the website, I hope it is okay. As you can see I am very hopeful poet.
    Sincerely yours, Irene

  16. No prompts for me today, just fiddling around with a line or two jotted down yesterday.


  17. […] 3 was quite a challenging combination! NaPoWriMo’s prompt was asking for a “Fourteener” (a poem with 14 syllable lines – I did a modified […]

  18. Josh says:

    This one was a bugger. But I did it. After teaching Shakespeare so long, it was hard to break the Sonnet form, though I see parts of it still trying to push in and take over. Alas.

    “June 14th”

  19. Rain, Rain says:

    You’re right – that was fun. A good one for letting the words go where they want to go… and then catching them and stuffing them back in the bag.

    I learned it from watching you.

  20. Kiana Donae says:

    I’m still awake so this is Day 3 for me…a little, okay a LOT late…sorry

  21. […] started with a prompt: lines of 14 syllables, and… that’s it, that’s the whole prompt. More of an […]

  22. well, that was a great challenge. Keeping in iamb is difficult :-)

  23. […] at NaPoWriMo.net, the prompt is to write a fourteener which is a poem that can have any number of lines, but each […]

  24. […] For the NaPoWriMo Day 3 Prompt – Fourteeners and Mag263 at the Magpie Tales from where the image […]

  25. Vince Gotera says:

    Great prompt, Maureen.

    I mixed your fourteener prompt with Robert Lee Brewer’s machine prompt. http://vincegotera.blogspot.com/2015/04/day-three-napowrimo-poem-day-2015.html.

    In that post also is Thomas Alan Holmes’s mix of the two prompts. You should take a quick look because he wrote a pretty funny fourteener ballad you’ll enjoy.

  26. I feel like quoting Helen Hunt from “Pay It Forward,” “I respect you!” LOL Sorry, I’m late. At least, it’s still a few hours before the fourth day. Here’s my response to the challenge for today. :)


  27. […] is for the third prompt, wherein we write a fourteener. I wanted to write something more… cheerful, but this is what […]

  28. […] there! It’s day 3 of NaPoWriMo 2015 and you can find today’s prompt here. A Fourteener! How ever, today I’m going slightly off course with Amanda Torroni’s […]

  29. […] NAPOWRIMO prompt is about the number 14 so I wrote a poem entitled “14 Lessons From a Visit to the […]

  30. […] Day 3’s optional prompt, was a challenge you to write a fourteener. Fourteeners can be have any number of lines, but each line should have fourteen syllables. Traditionally, each line consisted of seven iambic feet (i.e., an unstressed syllable followed by a stressed syllable, times seven), but non-iambic fourteeners also exist. ~ via The NaPoWriMo Website […]

  31. I was inspired by the prompt to write my first Fourteener titled “Good Friday” http://leonaslines.com/2015/04/03/good-friday/

  32. kattra says:

    highly bastardized example here (also i cheated on the last line.): http://abstracthappiness.tumblr.com/post/115647852559/five-north-african-eggs

  33. I’m catching up, so posting my day 3 poem just now – but for this one I followed Imaginary Garden’s day 5 prompt!


  34. Sabine says:

    here is my post for day 3 http://sabsam123.blogspot.fr/2015/04/day-3-napowrimo-challenge.html

    a short one and i am really not sure i got it good.

  35. Oh-uh!! | says:

    […] #Day 3 Prompt : Today I challenge you to write a fourteener. Fourteeners can be have any number of lines, […]

  36. […] #Day 3 Prompt : Today I challenge you to write a fourteener. Fourteeners can be have any number of lines, but […]

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