Writing 201: Poetry | 7: Neighborhood, Ballad, Assonance

I’ve decided to challenge myself today by sticking to ballad meter and ballad stanzas. Not going to be easy this! Before I start though, in case you’ve not come across it before (I hadn’t), assonance is a bit like alliteration, but using vowel sounds in words rather than the initial letters.

For me, neighbourhood – and yes, that is the correct way to spell it – is all about the areas where I’ve lived over the years. One thing that’s stood out about each and everyone one of them is the strong sense of community. Everywhere I’ve lived, from large cities to tiny villages, there’s always been a really strong sense of people bonding together to help and support each other throughout whatever life has to throw at them. Hopefully that’s something that comes across in my poem.

I’ve only chosen two of my previous home towns to write about – but they are the two that have had the biggest impact on my life.

So, now we’re all on the same page, here goes:

People around me, young and old;
diff’rent places, diff’rent spaces;
forming bonds: lasting, strong and bold
no matter the face is.

Wigan, ‘quiet, calm hamlet’ – not;
pies, peas; balls oval or round.
From mills, canals, piers and rot;
to sports, culture; much to be proud.

Aber(istwyth), best anywhere.
Studying, partying,
come, kick the bar, without a care.
Memories, through life, ev’rywhere.

People around me, young and old;
diff’rent places, diff’rent spaces;
forming bonds: lasting, strong and bold
no matter the face is.

As ever, I hope you like it and feel free to comment below.

Thanks,

M 🙂

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