Happy Poetry Month, Everyone!
My dear readers, I apologize for being so lax about posting lately, but to make it up to you, and hopefully provide inspiration for you to write more poems this April, I will be introducing to you today what I believe is a brand new invented poetic form: The Homonymization.
A homonymization is an experimental poetry form of my own invention, in which the entire poem is written using homophones – words sounding the same but having a different meaning and spelling. Because of this, the poem, at first glance, will appear to be totally nonsensical, but will make sense when either spoken aloud or sounded out in the reader’s head. Along with standard and familiar ones (such as “sail and sale” and “be and bee”), the homophones used can also be proper nouns or names (such as “Waring” substituting for wearing), foreign words (“oui” for “we”), and letters (“q” for “queue”). Also one word can represent two (“iamb” for “I am”) or two words one (“bee leave” for “believe”).
As an example, here is a homonymization I wrote, along with its “translation” printed in italics below:
Hour Sensored Whirled
Wee awl Liv inn eh sensored whirled,
R tolled watt two bee leave inn, watt two dew.
Wee dew knot no watts rite oar fare
Oar reel. Eye no your knot Abel two
Sea mi, oar here watt eye c’est,
Sew eye Hyde inn plane site
Waring cheep read shoos,
Weight four mourning lite
Four sum won, sum buddy
Two notis mi, sew eye no
Our Censored World
We all live in a censored world,
Are told what to believe in, what to do.
We do not know what’s right or fair
Or real. I know you’re not able to
See me, or hear what I say.
So I hide in plain sight
Wearing cheap red shoes,
Wait for morning light
For someone, somebody
To notice me, so I know
I am real.
So what do you think of the homonynization, folks? Is it a poetry form you’d like to try, or is it just too weird for your tastes? If you do decide to take up the challenge (I think you will be pleasantly surprised by the results), I’d love to see your homonymization, so please don’t be afraid to share.
Thanks so much for reading, and please enjoy the remainder of Poetry Month!