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U3A Writing: A Monologue, (and How to Write It)

Alan Davy's rhymes tell of a writing group - and how to write.

To join U3A is a pleasure,
They've hobbies and pastimes galore.
You've only to make a selection
to bring out latent talent and more.

Now our group has joined up for writing.
We proudly or shyly read our texts,
and after we've had a discussion
we talk about what to write next.

We meet once a month with our efforts.
We feel we've got something to share.
But when it comes down to a topic
Inspirational thoughts can be rare.

Then, someone says write a monologue..
For a start it's not easy to scan
and not many words rhyme with 'ologue.
They haven't since writing began.

You might say there's one word, prologue!
I suppose it would do for a start,
But it won't be much good for a poem
It's only the beginning part.

However let's not be despondent,
something will turn up I'm sure.
Let's think back to other tall stories
About things that have happened of yore.

For example, you remember young Albert,
Whose adventures were wondrous to hear
He got all involved with a lion
And his future was - not very clear!

Then there was Sam and his musket.
Pick it up' he was always being told.
It took all the wiles of Duke Wellington
to succeed and let battle unfold.

Marriott Edgar was one busy writer.
Famous monologues came from his pen.
Magna Carta, Battle of Hastings and others
Too numerous to mention again.

Stan Holloway got most of the credit.
People thought they were mostly by him.
Yes, he wrote some, but to be quite honest,
T'was his music hall turns made his name.

The trick is to write them in dialect,
to appeal to the working clubs folk.
While the toffs could still look down their noses
enjoying the wit and the jokes.

But writing a 'ologue's not easy.
It requires lots of knowledge and skill.
To learn them by heart and recite them
is the easy part, as I know well.

No writing a monologue's not easy.
So first think of a story to tell.
Find some words that will rhyme
To fit the whole story line.
Fingers crossed and all will go well.


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