Welcome to My Poetry Site

Hello and Welcome to About the Poet-Michelle Butler
Thank you for visiting my poetry site. 

About Life & Me
I am mom of two adult children and grandma (actually "Namaw") of one beautiful little girl. I was twenty plus years married, I'm twelve years divorced, and living with one of my best friends of forty years.  I was born in Queens, New York but have lived in Southern California since age three or so.

I have enjoyed creative writing, dabbling in various types since grade school, throughout my life and stumbled upon poetry simply by way of trying to express my feelings at some particular times or events occurring in my life.

About Poetry & Me
In the last decade I have been fortunate to have some work published, and as a result been read by many different people in many places. I am so grateful and blessed to have had a positive and supportive reception and encourage you to visit my NEWS section where I have shared many highlights.

In keeping with my goal of writing in all styles of poetry, I have listed  eight styles and their description, as well as an example of a poem I have written in that style, and below it a link to take you directly to it.  I continue to learn (currently about iambic meter/metric foot) and grow; hopefully it shows in my work!

1. Haiku: a traditional Japanese style of poetry; usually have three lines, 5 syllables in the first line, 7 in the second, and 5 in the last. (rhyme isn't usually a trademark)
Ex: a season in four tongues 
2. Sonnets: have 14 lines (usually 10 syllables each), often on the subject of love, have some sort of rhyme scheme. Shakespeare wrote many, many sonnets, in fact he ordinally titled them. He wrote most with the structure of three quatrains (4 line stanzas) and an ending couplet (2 line stanza). My example of a sonnet is written completely in couplet style.
Ex: In Between

3. Free Verse: has the most amount of creative freedom, doesn't have a set rhythm or rhyme scheme, just words painting an idea.
Ex: Silent Poetry

4. Limerick: a fun, 5-line poem usually with an AABBA rhyme scheme.

5. Ballad: form of narrative verse (uses meter and rhyme to tell a story), often 4-6  4-line stanzas with an ABAB or ABCB rhyme scheme.
Ex: Another Piper

6. Elegy: a poem about death or grief, always feature some sort of serious or slightly morbid reflection (not the same thing as eulogies).
Ex: When Will I Think of You

7. Cinquain: generally any 5 lined poem(or stanza within a poem ). One particular style is the American Cinquain poetry, inspired by Haiku. It is  5 lines long with a set meter of 2 syllables in the first line, 4 in the second, 6 in third, 8 in fourth, and 2 in the fifth, and is not known for rhyme.
Ex: Jealous

8. Acrostic: spell a word with the first letter of each line, goal isn't consistent meter or rhyme, but clever wording that refers to the subject.
Ex: A Wonder Woman called Annette

I hope you have a chance to read one or more poems on my site and invite you to leave any questions, comments, or feedback you may have.
Hope you have a Happy and Blessed Day :)

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