Academy Log: Story/Thyme

What kind of poem is it?

Once upon a time there were 2 kinds of poems, those that told stories and those that did not.

The poems which told stories were called Narrative poems, and they are still so called to this day. The poems which did not tell stories were called Lyric poems for in days of old they were often accompanied by the lyre; and, while musical accompaniment is no longer standard practice, they are still so called to this day. So we all lived thus-informed ever after, with certain Penfleet Cadets looking to see which of the poems they had thus far written were Narrative and which were Lyric. Tell me, did they continue the journey by writing a poem of each kind for themselves?

You may have noticed a distinct lack of links associated with the 3rd F4Q in your road to writing poetry from the ground up. That’s because this particular fundamental is sooo basic, that even the gorgeous and well-conceived poem browser of the Poetry Foundation makes the mistake of taking this criteria for granted.

You can see the closest they get are the categories of epic & dramatic monologue which both fall under the jursdiction of Narrative poetry; however, a dramatic monologue can appear to be lyric in nature, it’s just that it has been taken out of the context of the play/story it calls home.

What this means for your mission is that you must figure out for yourself which of the poems you’ve written so far (and can find on the interwebs or — heaven forbid — in a book) are Narrative and which are Lyric; and then you have to write one of each on purpose while also thinking about the choices of Form Voice.

Voice & Form & Kind;
2 Kinds, 2 Poems.
Read & Write.