English Quintain Notes

The popular English Quintain has no set meter with a rhyme schemexbxbbxdxdd… etc.orababbcdcdd… etc. Example The Boatman by Sean Curtis Do not call the boatman earlyWe must all wait out our time,He will not come if it's untimelyHe'll leave you waiting out of lineAnd the future will not be fine If he comes and takes … Continue reading English Quintain Notes

Curtal Sonnet Notes

Originally created by Gerard Manly Hopkins using his devised meter Sprung Rhythm sonnet purists would argue the Curtal Sonnet is not a true sonnet, nevertheless I shall include it in my notes as a valid sonnet form. The Curtal is a shortened, or curtailed sonnet, specifically referring to a sonnet composed of a sestet and … Continue reading Curtal Sonnet Notes

Clare’s Sonnet Notes

Structure: Quatorzain of coupletsMeter: AnySchema: aabbccddeeffgg Example: Line by Line by Jez Farmer The soft touch of her lover’s lipsOn her skin his tongue slowly skipsHis hunger, her passion as oneDefining love’s erotic funWithout words, with a metered beatTheir verse inscribed in sexual feetA dance, a song, a poem foundShe drags her nails in the … Continue reading Clare’s Sonnet Notes

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 rhymesMeter: Decasyllabic or iambic pentameterSchema: ababbcbcaa or ababbcbcbb or ababbcbccc Example: A Writer’s … Continue reading Decuain Notes

Choka Notes

The most intricate Japanese Poetry form is the Long Poem or Choka. It consists of a series of Katuata joined together in one stanza. The choice of structure for the English language poet is repetitions of 5-7-7 syllable lines, 17 onji Katuata or 5-7-5 syllable lines, 19 onji Katuata. Terry Clitheroe’s example uses three 19 … Continue reading Choka Notes

Cavatina Notes

The name Cavatina points to the form’s Italian origins and emerged around the time of Petrarch. It consists of a ten-syllable line alternating with a four-syllable line at least three times per stanza and is completed with a ten-syllable line couplet. Example: Blazing Fires by Peggy Nelson Wild fires blazing, destroying homesTrees and life'sAnimals running … Continue reading Cavatina Notes