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Monday, October 25, 2010

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This Mesostich poem “Mowing” was written on April 21, 2006 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA. The Mesostich is a variation of the Acrostic form. When the first letters of the middle words on each line of verse in a poem form the word or message relating to the subject a Mesostich poem is created.

This short poem entitled “Mowing” is made up of forty-four words with a syllable count of fifty-two. The bars in Chart 1 represent the number of words or syllables in each line of verse of the poem, and the vertical bars show where the middle point in each line of verse begins.

Chart 1(a)

Right>>>>>>>>> Middle>>>>>>>>> Left
Side >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Side

>>>>>>>>> - - - - │morn│ - - - -
>>>>>>>>>> 4 >>> 1 >> 4 >>>>>>>> /9 syllables
>>>>>>>>>> 4 >>> 1 >> 2 >>>>>>>>/7 words

>>>>>>>>- - - >>>│on │ - - -
>>>>>>>> 3 >>>>> 1 >>>3 >>>>>>> /7 syllables
>>>>>>>> 2 >>>>> 1 >>>2 >>>>>>>>/5 words

>>>>>>> - - - ->>>│waved│ - - - -
>>>>>>>> 4>>>>>> 1 >>>4 >>>>>>>/9 syllables
>>>>>>>> 3 >>>>>>1 >>>4 >>>>>>>/8 words

>>>>>>>>>>>- - - -│ in│ - - - -
>>>>>>>>4 >>>>>> 1 >>>>4>>>>>>> /9 syllables
>>>>>>>>4 >>>>>> 1 >>>>4>>>>>>> /9 words

>>>>>>>- - - - - - - │never│ - - - - - - -
>>>>>>>>4 >>>>>> 2 >>>> 4 >>>>>>/10 syllables
>>>>>>>>3 >>>>>>1 >>>> 2 >>>>>>/ 6 words

>>>>>>>>>>>- - - -│green│ - - - -
>>>>>>>>4 >>>>>>1 >>>4 >>>>>>/9 syllables
>>>>>>>>4 >>>>>>1 >>>4 >>>>>>/9 syllables

The syllable count of words for each line of verse was found so as to locate the central point of the line of verse, from which to start the Mesostich. What is a syllable?

In the English Language, the vowels are (a, e, i, o, u) so a syllable is the sound of a vowel that is created when pronouncing a word. The number of times that you hear the sound of a vowel in a word is equal to the number of syllables the word has.

Spotting Syllables

Count the number of vowels (a, e, i, o, u, and sometimes y) in the word.
Subtract any silent vowels (for example: the silent 'e' at the end of a word). Subtract 1 vowel from every diphthong. A diphthong is when two vowels make only 1 sound (for example: oi, oy, ou, ow, au, aw, oo, like in the words boil, toy, saw, cow, moon, mouth...). The number you are left with should be the number of vowels in the word.

Dividing a word into Syllables

Divide off any compound words, prefixes, suffixes, and root words that have vowels. For example: houseboat (house/boat) unhappy (un/happy) prepaid (pre/paid) rewrite (re/write) farmer (farm/er), hopeless (hope/less)

Divide between two middle consonants. (For example: un/hap/py, hap/pens, bas/ket, let/ter, sup/per, din/ner). Never split up consonant digraphs “th”, “sh”, “ph”, “th”, “ch”, and “wh”) as they really represent only one sound.

Usually divide before a single consonant. For example: o/pen, i/tem, e/vil, re/port. The only exceptions are those times when the first syllable has an obvious short sound, as in “rob/in”.

Divide before an “-le” syllable. For example: a/ble, fum/ble, rub/ble, mum/ble. The only exceptions are “ckle” words like “pick/le”.

Here are some guidelines to help you compose your first Mesostich poem:

Firstly, make the decision as to what style you will write the Mesostich; whether in the traditional form or in Free Verse

Select a title for the Mesostich. Let’s say you selected the title “Luck”. Determine how many syllables will be featured in each line of verse. Locate the center point for each line of verse as shown below. This graphic representation will guide you through the composition process. Bear in mind that the Mesostich starts at the middle-point of each line of verse.

............ Mesostich .............
.................... l ....................
.................... u ....................
.................... c ....................
.................... k ....................

Start composing the poem, and be mindful that the word at the center of the first line of verse begins with the first letter of the poem’s title (in this example) with the letter “l”.

At the center of the second line of verse begin with the second letter of the poem’s title (in this example) with the letter “u”.

At the center of the third line of verse, begin with the third letter of the poem’s title (in this example) with the letter “c”.

At the center of the fourth line of verse, begin with the fourth letter of the poem’s title (in this example) with the letter “k”.

You can follow these procedures for any word in the title selected that has less than four letters or more than four letters when composing your Mesostich poem.

Read your completed poem aloud, check for errors and correct any errors found.

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