Poetry Option 2A Lesson by Jodi Eaton
Some people properly connect the word litanies with religious services. But the litanies we will be discussing are more those with repetitions and chant-like qualities. Here is an example that has repetitions, probably could be chanted, and may also connect vaguely with some religious meaning of litany. Repetition is a key component of this type of poem. It might be a repeated end-rhyme, a sound, a rhythm, a pattern of lines, etc.
Come up with your own poem using repetitions as a key component of your piece.
Forgive the far cast to my eye
the way it closes to praise.
Forgive breaths I've taken
from lungs of the poor.
Forgive the smile held back.
Forgive my not calling Jack
whose mind has cracked
and forgive times I dreamt unneeded dreams.
Forgive the bitter whine to my shout.
Forgive money spent, but more
Forgive all money saved.
Forgive my ears their theft of music
my nose the smells inhaled.
Forgive sights I've kept as my own.
Forgive pride and sloth, forgive
not forgiving. Forgive even hope.
Added on February 11, 2014
Last Updated on February 11, 2014