"Bèrenger of the Long Arse" by Guèrin is a good example of a fabliaux, which is a long-format comedic poem from 13th- and 14th-century France. It is about a woman who proves her knightly husband to be a coward by dressing up as a man, defeating him in combat and forcing him to perform obscene sexual favors for what he presumes to be another man.
Fabliaux shock and delight modern audiences with their degree of lechery, scorn, schadenfreude and general irreverence, especially because most audiences assume everything "medieval" to be buttoned-up and boring. Fabliaux are down, dirty, scurrilous, scatological, obscene and written to entertain a crowd. They have nothing to do with courtly love or church teachings and everything to do with fornication, humiliation, puns, double entendres and slapstick comedy. Most fabliaux will run three to five minutes when read out loud, but some are much longer. Many fabliaux have been translated into modern English and are available free on the web. "The Butcher of Abbeville" by Eustache d'Amiens, "The Tale of the Priest's Bladder" by Jacques de Baisieux, "Gombert and the Two Clerks" by Jean Bodel, and "About a Woman and Her Paramour" by Marie de France are several more examples of fabliaux.Learn More
In Naomi Shihab Nye's poem "Making a Fist," making a fist represents life and the potential for life to go on. In the poem, the narrator asks her mother how to know if they are dying. The mother says it is when one can no longer make a fist.Full Answer >
Some poems about fruits and vegetables include: "Fruits and Vegetables" by Geneen Myers, "To a Field of Celery" by Alfred Hitch and "Peaches" by Hattie Howard. "Fruits and Vegetables" talks about various fruits and vegetables, "To a Field of Celery" describes a personal relationship with vegetables and "Peaches" describes how delicious and enticing peaches are.Full Answer >
Alliteration can be used in poetry to drive the rhythm of the poem or to draw the reader's attention to a certain phrase or line. Alliteration can be found in both classic and contemporary works of poetry.Full Answer >
To choose a light-hearted love poem to send to an ex-boyfriend, look into poems by Ogden Nash or e. e. cummings, depending on how overtly you wish to state your love. Both poets are famous for their craft and whimsy, but differ greatly in their impact.Full Answer >