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I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils.

A solitary path I claimed
In seeking shelter from the crowd;
And lo, when all deserted me,
I wandered lonely as a cloud

I sought the green and grassy knolls
Between the rustic barns and mills,
And spied the new winged, dappled lark
That floats on high o'er vales and hills,

The silent majesty of thoughts
Was broken as I dreamed aloud.
I was wrested from my reverie
When all at once I saw a crowd

This treasure grows and rests upon
the fertile soil where river spills
I'll rest my weary bones within
A host of golden daffodils.
December Form Challenge, 2012 :iconkiwi-damnation::iconprojectdfc:


Glosa

The Glosa was used by poets of the Spanish court and dates back to the late 14th and early 15th century. For some reason, it has not been particularly popular in English. A search of the Internet l uncovered a meager number of brief references to the form. From the limited information it is learned that the traditional structure has two parts. The first part is called the texte or cabeza. It consists of the first few lines (usually four) or the first stanza (usually a quatrain) from a well-known poem or poet. It has become permissible to use lines from a less well-known poet, or even from ones own verse.

The second part is the glose or glosa proper. This is a “gloss on,” an expansion, interpretation or explanation of the texte. The formal rule describes the glosa as consisting of four ten-line stanzas, with the consecutive lines of the texte being used as the tenth line (called the glossing) of each stanza. Furthermore, lines six and nine must rhyme with the borrowed tenth. Internal features such as length of lines, meter and rhyme are at the discretion of the poet. Examples of this will be found in this chapbook collection.

As with most poetic forms, unless dictated by strict contest requirements, poets have taken the liberty to vary the format. In addition to the glosa’s traditional ten-line stanzas, one will find 4-, 5- and 8-liners.

I used the first four lines of "I wandered lonely as a cloud " by William Wordsworth.

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Perliquin Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012
beautiful, makes me want to grow acres of daffodils and run through them
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Professional Writer
Thanks very much - I appreciate it!
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Villenueve Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Magnificent work dearest!
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Professional Writer
Many thanks. I appreciate it very much!
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Professional Writer
Many thanks!
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SweediesArt Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome:heart::hug:
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TheDorsai Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Somehow I missed this one. I've been checking too - I really wanted to see what you did for your glosa. What did you feel about this poetic form?
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Professional Writer
Many thanks - I appreciate it! I like it. I would like to try my hand at a truly traditional one.
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TheDorsai Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Yeah, you had said you were going to reference mine so I got excited.
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