Thursday, December 6, 2012
By Ashley Lister
There’s no specific tradition of Christmas poetry. There’s no rigid form where a poem has to comply with restrictive-rhyme-scheme A or arbitrary-syllable-count B.
However, there are some features of poems that do make some poems typical of Christmas.
Typically, a Christmas poem will mention Christmas or the baby Jesus or will include some capitalist allusion to gift-giving. Sometimes a Christmas poem will mention Santa and some bullshit about this being a magical time of the year. Quite often it will be easy to make cynical comments about their content.
Most commonly a Christmas poem will be written in rhyming couplets. These are fun because they give a piece a sing-song quality. They can be even more fun if you have to force a rhyme because it allows the poet to share a joke with the reader/audience about the complexities of rhyme.
I’ve written a poem below that illustrates the way a Christmas poem can include some of these features of couplets and forced rhyme:
‘Twas the build up to Christmas and the regulars here
Were writing their way to the end of the year
Through me and M Christian: and Craig and RG
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If you have time, why not write your own Christmas poem that starts with the words, ‘Twas the night before Christmas…
The challenge here will be to do something erotic with the subject matter. Most material written around the holiday season tends to focus on satisfying the demands of children. The innocence of childlike expectations does not always sit well with the experience of sexualised adult fiction. Nevertheless, I know the readers of this blog are nothing if not innovative and so I look forward to seeing your poems in the comments box below.