A Hybrid Poem (Homeric-style?) #NaPoWriMo

…hangs in full view
too close to see
how it falls over
its own edge
a rogue contained
in mid-air, a hiss
of simmering

Collage Poems, (Sketchbook 2022), © N Nazir 2022

…sitting somewhere
writing reams
purloining fruit
of forbidden blush
hiding behind
trench coat, glasses
drinking wine
in the hush
of dusk.

© N Nazir 2022

NaPoWriMo Review: And now for our daily prompt (optional, as always). A couple of days ago, we played around with hard-boiled similes. Today, I’d like to challenge you to write a poem that contains at least one of a different kind of simile – an epic simile. Also known as Homeric similes, these are basically extended similes that develop over multiple lines.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, they have mainly been used in epic poems, typically as decorative elements that emphasize the dramatic nature of the subject (see, by way of illustration, this example from Milton’s Paradise Lost). But you could write a complete poem that is just one lengthy, epic simile, relying on the surprising comparison of unlike things to carry the poem across.

And if you’re feeling especially cheeky, you could even write a poem in which the epic simile spends lines heroically and dramatically describing something that turns out to be quite prosaic. Whatever you decide to compare, I hope you have fun extending your simile(s) to epic lengths.

For more information or to take part, please visit www.napowrimo.net

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