Luc Bat Notes

The Luc Bat is a challenging form for poets who enjoy writing in trimeter/hexasyllabic and tetrameter/octasyllabic lines. The Luc Bat also lends itself to lyric and story-telling poetry. A Vietnamese form luc bat simply translates to six eight. The form was brought to Europe by the French. The odd lines (1, 3, 5, etc) are trimeter or six syllables long and the even lines 2, 4, 6, and so on) are eight syllables long. The last syllable of the odd lines rhymes with the sixth syllable of the next even line and the eighth syllable of an even line rhymes with the sixth syllable of the next odd line with the eighth syllable of final even line linking back to the sixth syllable of the first line. There is no poem length limit, however, an eight line Luc Bat rhyme scheme would appear as follows…

xxxxxa
xxxxxaxb
xxxxxb
xxxxxbxc
xxxxxc
xxxxxcxd
xxxxxd
xxxxxdxa

Example

Wine by Teagan De Danaan

Has less effect than you
Your kiss a headier brew, I know
So abundant in its flow
So warming the afterglow I feel
It's effect like wine I reel
Too much, so much appeal so nice
And yet so cheap a price
For this exotic spice, so easy
You fill my glass freely
Offerings made sweetly it's said
From lips like wine so red
Drive senses from our head, until
We have lost all our will
Once again my glass I fill with you

3 thoughts on “Luc Bat Notes

  1. I’ve not heard of this form before. Employing an established format, like a sonnet for example, can push the writer to find unusual ways of expressing a thought. I like to write in iambic pentameter sometimes for a little variety.

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