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You Can Write a Lune



You Can Write a Lune
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   high interest, readability grade 5
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   5.17

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     challenging words:    greyhound, haikus, lune, lunes, haiku, syllable, poetic, poetry, cases, lines, instance, poem, appeal, longest, topic, device
     content words:    Robert Kelly, Bard College, New York, Jack Collom, Naropa University


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You Can Write a Lune
By Brenda B. Covert
  

1     A lune (rhymes with moon) is a very short poem. It has only three lines. It is similar to a haiku. A haiku has three lines, and it follows a 5/7/5 syllable pattern. The lune's syllable pattern is 5/3/5. Since the middle line is limited to three syllables, it is often the shortest line of the three. This makes a lune curve a bit like a crescent moon.
 
2     Here is an example:

Books, papers, notes, pens
What a mess
Is piled on my desk
 
3     The lune was invented by poet Robert Kelly. Kelly has written many poems and short stories. He teaches at Bard College in New York. He made a rule about the lune; the rule makes it different from haikus in another way. A haiku is expected to be about nature or seasons. Robert Kelly decided that lunes could be about anything poets could imagine.

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