RSS

Tag Archives: epithalamium

Oulipoem 13: April 13 — Epithalamium

Now, there’s a mouthful.

The prompt:

An epithalamium is a poem written to celebrate the wedding, or more precisely the wedding bed. ‘An Oulipian epithalamium is composed exclusively with the letters of the names of the bride and bridegroom [bride and bride, groom and groom]. Visit the announcements section of your paper and select one couple. Write a poem using only words that can be made with the letters of their names.’ You may choose first names or full names depending on what you are comfortable with.

The process:

I chose full names, so I thank Judith Orlando and John Tamagni, may they live long and prosper. I entered their names into Scrabble Finder‘s wonderful word maker and chose words from the list. As the names are too long, I entered them in several permutations: johnjudith, judithorlando, johnorlando… As I needed something quick and enjoyed today’s sonnet exercise so much, I chose that as my form, sonnets being particularly suitable.

The poem:

a
duration
— morning
hour
to
haunt
hour
round —
no
handout
nor
trail:
hoard
undo

The source:

I am away from my wonderful source so have used the wedding section of the New York Times, online.

 

 

 
10 Comments

Posted by on 13/04/2014 in exercises, oulipost, poems, poetry, writing

 

Tags: , , , , , , ,

  • creative commons license

  •