Sorry I have not been on here much. I am refiguring my challenge. My schedule is too crazy to do everything I originally wanted to do.
I am now focusing on stuff for my fencing, preparation for pennsic (i may get to go this year or next and I refuse to find myself in the pre-pennsic garb rush that several friends have found themselves in), pottery (since I will one day make a career out of it-long story), and poetry (since it is portable and can be taken almost anywhere).
On the poetry front, I want to research 50 types of formal poetry from period, find an SCA period example of each (2 is better), and write my own example of each type. I have a file box with a file folder for each form, as well as a folder collecting info for forms I am still seeking period examples of. I felt myself to be good at poetry in high school and have off and on picked it up again so it's a comfy topic. Here is what I have period examples of to date:
I keep running into several obstacles with this. There's the usual statement that it's origins are medieval but most examples are more recent and out of the SCA period. Frequently, I can google medieval + poetry form but this brings mixed results for rarer forms (frequently everything but what I am seeking). I have given up using Renaissance as a search term because different places had their Renaissance at different times outside of the Mediterranean basin and in a lot of cases, it refers to the 17th and 18th centuries (Ireland for example). Medieval tends to cover the same time frame in most places.
Frequently, if I am trying to define a poem by rhyme scheme, the English translation does no good because it does not have the same rhyme as the original and I can not always find the original. When I am looking for repitition, the english version may change where it's supposed to be the same [example: I have been focusing on triolets for an event I hope to attend in Canton OH-Bardic Madness. The triolet has two lines that repeat and there is supposed to be a twist in the meaning. Frequently, a translated triolet may not be an exact repeat but I do not know if this was the poets original intent or an English translater attempting to make sense of it.]. In other cases, I may only be able to find examples in a foreign language-no English translation-the google translater does not seem able to interpret everything.
Rondeaus, Cinquains, and some of the Asian forms give me another set of challenges entirely. I think the rondeau in it's period form may be different from modern forms-they seem to have different lengths. The cinquain used to be a five-lined poem or stanza of the same meter and any rhyme scheme but someone named Adelaide Crapsey developed a form out of our period that has different numbers of syllables in each line. The Asian poems tend to be given different origin dates from source to source. Luckily I am finding examples but what appears to be one type is sometimes frequently another type.
And finally, the Villanelle is probably the strangest research issue of them all. I have seen and printed the first recorded villanelle. I have seen a couple of sources that state someone in the 1800s challenged poets to write a poem with the rhyme scheme of that original-thus originating it as a set form. If I could find the quote or a copy of that original challenge, I could prove that original inspiring poem to be just a single occurence and not a standard poetry form of the period. However, I have not found others like it in period examples either.
Sorry to vent out the dirty laundry of research complaints after not having visited for a while. I realize I may be preaching to the choir on some of it. I appreciate the support and info that this group shares. It is of value.