Decuain Notes

Created by Shelley A Cephas the Decuain is a 10-line form and can be used for any subject. Conventionally the 10 lines should be decasyllabic or iambic pentameter with one of three rhyme schemes

Structure: 10 lines per stanza over three endline rhymes
Meter: Decasyllabic or iambic pentameter
Schema: ababbcbcaa or ababbcbcbb or ababbcbccc

Example: A Writer’s Philosophy by Jez Farmer

A brief moment of thought caught in a book
An author’s ideals that hide in the tale
Dear reader, take a deeper look, just look
A writer’s dream is there, offered for sale
Behind jumbled words that act as a veil
The hopes of the future or is it fear
Each word a hammer hitting on a nail
A beckoning voice that whispers ‘Come here’
In tense narrative that a chapter shook
The thrill is the telling, make no mistook

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