Challenge 3

Challenge 3:
Difficulty: Hard
Format: Virelay

Write a Virelay poem. About a natural disaster. 
This challenge is all about EMOTION. I want you to tell a story, not just describe the disaster. Make at least one character. Now, since your character's life could easily end, there should be plenty emotion coming from the poem. Whether or not they actually die is up to you.

If you choose, you can write about a disaster that really happened. For instance, hurricane Katrina or the earthquake in Haiti. OR, you can just make one up. Any time period. Any location. Get creative.

What's a Virelay poem? 
The Virelay is an ancient French form of poetry. The poem should be written in quatrains (4-line stanzas) with a rhyme scheme.

Normally, virelays wouldn't have a maximum length, but I'm afraid I'll be limiting you to five stanzas. Now, the rhyme scheme is the tricky part.. Here we go:
A
B
A
B

B
C
B
C

C
D
C
D

D
E
D
E

E
B
E
B

Right, so each new stanza must continue the second rhyme of the previous stanza.. That means ALL the B's have to rhyme, All the D's, the A's, and the C's. Even the B's in the last stanza have to rhyme with the ones in the first stanza. Quite hard, I know. But wait, there's more:
The length of each line must alternate. Like, long line, short line, long line, short line. Like so:

Looooooooooooooong line
short line
Looooooooooooooong line
short line

It should be like that for each stanza. 

Now, if you're one of those people who's going to research this type of poetry, you probably won't have much luck. It's just so old that it's been tampered with and thrown around a lot. I just picked the version that was easiest to explain. Good luck, and have fun everyone! 

For better explanation, visit here:
http://www.ehow.com/how_2319541_write-virelay.html

Now, for assignments:

Hurricane- Nosirrah
Meteorite- Juliia
Blizzard- Lyrwriter
Flood- Bartimaeus
Famine- Watermark
Drought- Darkliquid 
Avalanche- Archi_Teuthis
Tornado- Meliverde
Earthquake- AmandaQuirky
Volcano Eruption- Lyre 
Wild Fire- ElzuWolfe
Tsunami- Gabriel

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