Quick write: Relax, write and have some fun


Look closely at these trees. Do their wavy, kind of crazy features bring anything to mind?

(Flickr: jeffk)

(Flickr: jeffk)

For some reason, they make me think of the wild, wacky, wonderful Dr. Seuss.

Theodor Seuss Geisel was one of the true masters of language.

Quick write: Do your characters bend or break?

So, your task today is to have a little fun.

Write a quick passage a la Seuss.

Here is a quick Wikipedia entry to get the juices flowing:

Geisel wrote most of his books in anapestic tetrameter, a poetic meter employed by many poets of the English literary canon. This is often suggested as one of the reasons that Geisel’s writing was so well received.

Anapestic tetrameter consists of four rhythmic units, anapests, each composed of two weak syllables followed by one strong syllable (the beat); often, the first weak syllable is omitted, or an additional weak syllable is added at the end. An example of this meter can be found in Geisel’s “Yertle the Turtle,” from Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories:

“And today the Great Yertle, that Marvelous he
Is King of the Mud. That is all he can see.”



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