Created by: Jose Rizal M ReyesStructure: Octave and sestetMeter: Decasyllabic LinesRhyme scheme: aabaaaba aababb Example A Simple Flash! By Larry Eberhart She thinks perhaps I dream of her at nightand miss her when she’s somewhere out of sight.She believes that somehow I deserve respectand am her thoughtful brave and charming knight.She thinks it’s fun to … Continue reading Melenesian Sonnet Notes
Commonly used as didactic poems or children, such as A is for Apple,…, the Abecedarium is a poem with words or stanzas beginning with successive letters of the alphabet. Example As Easy as ABC b Jez Farmer Arouse the senses,Breath meeting quivering lips,Craving mouth-watering moments;Delirium found in lust's first kiss. Eagerly tongues caress,Foment inner dilatation,Grasping … Continue reading Abecedarium Notes
As the last beams of the moon kiss the night Stars towards the morning sky drift Dancing memories tickle at the feet Lips murmur softly at dawn's caress...
A gentle love you and good night While waiting for the house to sleep So passion can again take flight And across the old floorboards creep...
Abbreviated Haiku I Of Japanese origin this abbreviated haiku has the feel of a haiku in two lines, the first of ten syllables and the second of two. Whilst a reference to nature is not mandatory it is encouraged. Schematic:xxxxxxxxx: Example Lost Inside by Jez Farmer to reach outside from withinthe box that holds me … Continue reading Abbreviated Haiku Notes
Short Particular Measure consists of six line stanzas. Lines 1,2, 4, and 5 are composed in iambic trimeter and lines 3 and 6 are tetrameter.The rhyme scheme is aabaab Example The Way Ahead by Jez Farmer Aggression within meAs eyes open to seeMy destiny is waiting thereLet my spirit go freeBe man I’m meant to … Continue reading Short Particular Measure Notes
A writer of poems at forty A lady but not of leisure I live in England, how haughty My pet cats are divine pleasure...
Created by: Marie MarshallStructure: Three quatrains and a coupletMeter: Nine syllable linesRhyme scheme: abab cdcd efef gg Example Gatherings by Jez Farmer A musical march matches the gownBefore promises of wedded blissConfetti falls like a gentle downOn the embrace love’s first bridal kiss.New life held in arms given a nameInnocence before the joy of lifeNo … Continue reading Marshalline Sonnet Notes
What does tomorrow bring If only we could tell Yet the future is ours to sing In the hope it turns out well No magic spells tonight As we pray to the moonlight...
Created by: Rebecca KerrStructure: QuatorzainMeter: Decasyllabic or pentameterSchema: aabbccdddeeeff Example Lazy Day Love by Jez Farmer A cautious heart treads the path of love slowWith doubts floating freely on the air flowAnd trust a distant hope far out of reachScepticism a rough and pebbled beachWithout the soft sand that so gently leadsThe soul away from … Continue reading Lazy Day Sonnet Notes
The Standard Habbie, or Burn’s Stanza, consists of 6 rhyming lines, lines 1, 2, 3 and 5 being iambic tetrameter or eight syllables, and lines 4 and 6 being iambic dimeter or four syllables. The thyme scheme is aaabab, cccdcd, eeefef and so on. Example Address to a Haggis by Robert Burns Fair fa' your … Continue reading Standard Habbie Notes
Created by Jez Farmer. Kiss Cross Sonnet 1 Structure: 3 quatrains and a coupletMeter: Octosyllabic or tetrameterSchema: aabb ccdd eeff ggExtra parameter: Part of each first line of each quatrain is mirrored in the fourth line of each quatrain Example Loneliness In Love by Jez Farmer Loneliness appeared from nowhereMy heart lost, love a distant … Continue reading Kiss Cross Sonnet Notes
The Spenserian Stanza is a stanza form invented by the English poet Edmund Spenser for his epic poem The Fairie Queene. Each stanza consist if eight lines of iambic pentameter or decasyllabic lines followed by one line in iambic hexameter or twelve syllables.The rhyme scheme is as follows ababbcbcc dedeefeff ghghhihii and so on Example … Continue reading Spenserian Stanza Notes
Created by: Jose Rizal M. ReyesStructure: Three quatrains and a coupletMeter: Decasyllabic or pentameterSchema: abba acca cddc dd Example Synchronicity by Jez Farmer Transcendental pleasure is ours to takeBeyond routine we seek our own desireAs our senses burn hot in passion’s fireNo loveless gratification to fakeIntense eyes darken as they feel desireExploring the wonder of … Continue reading La Germania Notes
There is a place I hide in pain Refuge for tears, a place to weep. Where words I read to sooth again In vintage odes my mind I steep...
Aggression within me As eyes open to see My destiny is waiting there...
And she whispered ‘I am the one’ As I stood alone among memories And life stood still with no place to go A turning point or the end Only sweet time will tell...
My secret place revealed I’m lost, no place to go To drift alone in me And open up my mind So I begin to see...
Created by: Jose Rizal M. ReyesStructure: Three quatrains and a coupletMeter: Decasyllabic or pentameterRhyme scheme: aaba bbcb ccdc ddAdditional parameters: 3rd line in each quatrain must be feminine rhyme Example Remedial Action by Larry Eberhart Removed from urban crush his cabin sitsabove where finally the sagebrush quits.His land abuts a park that’s mostly forest.A stealthy … Continue reading Malayan Fireburst Notes
Structure: aaba bbcb ccdc ddMeter: Decasyllabic or pentameterRhyme scheme: Three quatrains and a couplet Example Shamanic Rhythm by Jez Farmer Delicate feet dancing on the parched landWishful prayers summoned with opening handWith a soulful voice calling out for rainAs the summer burns the green grass to sand.Shamanic rite written in rhythmic strainCalling the divine to … Continue reading Malayan Sonnet Notes
Created by: Jose Rizal M. ReyesStructure: Three quatrains and a coupletMeter: Decasyllabic or pentameterRhyme scheme: aaaa bbbb cccc dd Example My Lady by Jez Farmer She wanders through the living to find oneTo journey on beyond the worldly sunThe one whose mortal time has had its runAnd we fear her hand in the shades of … Continue reading Luzvimninda’s Sonnet Notes
Malayan Sonnet (Caudated) NotesStructure: Five QuatrainsMeter: Decasyllabic or pentameterRhyme scheme: aaba bbcb ccdc ddde eeff Example Clouds of Twilight by Jez Farmer The clouds of twilight reflect the sweet faceOf love; the smile that drives a heart with graceFor that smile is mine and it’s mine aloneAnd it reminds me of that sweet embrace.Dark passions … Continue reading Malayan Sonnet (Caudated) Notes
The Sonnetina Due is a ten-line stanza poem consisting of five couplets and usually written in iambic tetrameter (eight-syllable) or pentameter (ten-syllable) lines. The rhyme scheme is: aabbccddee Example The Mystery by Jez Farmer I look in her eyes and feel the fires burnSuch passion is not a fleeting sojournI feel her heart beat tugging … Continue reading Sonnetina Due Notes
Mabini Sonnet Notes Created by: Jose Rizal M. ReyesStructure: Two triplets, a couplet and two tripletsMeter: Decasyllabic or pentameterRhyme scheme: abb acc aa dda eea Example Sensual Musk by Jez Farmer The dancing daffodils are smiling hereThey spread the word of life in springtime’s lightWhile nature speaks of love within her sight.The rabbits chase across … Continue reading Mabini Sonnet Notes
True love knows nothing of place, nor of time The struggles the price of just one moment While caught between words of a sleepy rhyme...
Many poets enjoy working in trimeter or six syllable lines and tetrameter or eight syllable lines as opposed to pentameter or ten syllable lines. The Luc Bat employs both six-syllable and eight-syllable lines and can be used in the creation of lyrical poems or storytelling. A Vietnamese form, the Luc Bat (six eight), is comprised … Continue reading Luc Bat Notes
It’s origins similar to that of the Italian Sestet, the Sicilian Sestet has no set meter, again formalized by the English courts to iambic tetrameter or pentameter. The rhyme scheme of the stanza is as follows: abcbab defede and so on Example This Poetry by Jez Farmer This writing needs the will of self-control,Against the … Continue reading Sicilian Sestet Notes
Korea is not usually recognised for poetry; however the Korean form the Sijo is possibly more suited for Western poets than the Japanese Haiku. Similar to the Haiku the Sijo is a three line poem, but there any similarities end. The Sijo can have any number of stanzas to create ballads and lyric poems. It … Continue reading Sijo Notes
Created by: Lyra LuVaileStructure: QuatorzainMeter: 6 couplets of alternating pentameter and dimeter lines and ending with a heroic coupletRhyme scheme: ababcdcdefefgg Example Poor Health Costs by Larry Eberhart Most every life is filled with highs and lows;expect no less.But only when your health has been deposedis life a mess.The costs, unless you’re in the upper … Continue reading LuVailean Sonnet Notes
Used by many poets over the centuries, the Sicilian Quintain originally had no set meter, later formalized by 15th century English poets to iambic pentameter, with a rhyme scheme of ababa cdcdc edede and so on Example Vampyric Love by Jez Farmer Each night I see her beauty standing there,My sweet angel of purity and … Continue reading Sicilian Quintain Notes
Relatively unused by the Sicilian court until the 15th century when it was fed back from England like the Rima the Sicilian Septet had no pre-set meter, however English poets formalized the stanza to iambic pentameter. I’d say the choice lies with the poet. The rhyme scheme is as follows abababa Example The Kaiserin by … Continue reading Sicilian Septet Notes
Structure: Three quatrains and a coupletMeter: Decasyllabic or pentameterSchema: aaab bbcc cddd ee Example A Secret Bliss by Jez Farmer Inside our dreams resides a secret blissWhen pains of life are silenced in a kissWhat greater dream exists beyond all thisOn darksome nights beneath the sleeping stars?And while old men smoke their Cuban cigarsTo haunting … Continue reading Lunatic Sonnet Notes
Another Italian form popular with sonneteers is the Sicilian Octave. Originally it would have had no set meter, although iambic pentameter is currently popular. The octave has the following rhyme scheme: abababab Example Nightingale by Ryter Roethicle I am a nightingale and a singer of the truthThis flower is my symbol and my love.Each night … Continue reading Sicilian Octave Notes
The Rime Couée is a French form written over two rhymes. The first is a rhyming couplet of eight syllables then a shorter third line of six lines. The two couplets rhyme as so the shorter lines. This gives a form pattern of xxxxxxxaxxxxxxxaxxxxxbxxxxxxxaxxxxxxxaxxxxxb Example Butterfly Dance by Jez Farmer Slowly feasting on petaled roseNature’s … Continue reading Rime Couée Notes
Possibly the most popular quatrain from used within a sonnet since its first use in the 12th century by Giacomo da Lentini. However it is not purely for the use of the sonneteer, the Sicilian Quatrains is commonly used by story tellers and ballad writers. Traditionally written in 8 or 10 syllable lines, English poets … Continue reading Sicilian Quatrain Notes
From the beginning of time The fiery flames have burned in her belly Flames that nurtured life Beneath her robes of green lands and blue waters Dwells the Mother of all...
A variation of the Common Measure form, Short Measure consists of three lines of iambic trimeter, and a third line in iambic tetrameter. Including the rhyme scheme this gives the following patternxxxxxaxxxxxbxxxxxxxaxxxxxb Example Slainte by Gloria Carpenter To water down a drinkis sometimes a request;yet what a waste, I often thinkwhen strongest form is best. … Continue reading Short Measure Notes
Considered a difficult form to master, the Sestina was created by Arnaut Daniel, a mathematician and poet in the twelfth century. It was later adopted by Francesco Petrarch who composed a series of sestinas he called Canzone. The sestina is composed of seven stanzas. The first six stanzas each have six lines, with end word … Continue reading Sestina Notes
In the shadows of death A man draws his last breath to dream Of a life’s cyclic stream...
Kyrielle Sonnet 1 Structure: Three quatrains and a coupletMeter: Octosyllabic or tetrameterSchema: AbaB cbcB dbdB AB Example La Cheminée by Jez Farmer In summer sun the grate lies coldNo embers left to warm the nightYet summer blooms beauty beholdAs floral scents bring out delightThe seasons turn in loving flowTo reach above in passion’s heightFor love’s … Continue reading Kyrielle Sonnet Notes
In lives gone by, I spoke their language, The ancient words of Mother Earth Without the aid of a mobile phone. I could touch the breeze in harmony And understand the chorus of dawn birds...
Created by Roddy Lumsdan, the Sevenling is, as the name suggests, a seven line poem consisting of three parts. The first stanza consists of lines one to three and are contrasting or connected statements consisting of details, names or possibilities. The second stanza, lines four to six are relative and a further expansion of the … Continue reading Sevenling Notes
Created by Nel ModglinStructure: QuatorzainMeter: Decasyllabic/Octsayllabic or pentameter/tetrameterSchema: abcabcdbcdecee.Additionally,L1,L4,L5,L8,L9 and L12 are tetrameter and L2,L3,L6,L7,L10,L11,L13 and L14 are pentameter. Example Bloody Admin by Jez Farmer The desk is lonely as dawn breaksAnd outside morning chorus how it singsIn the lazy rays of an early sunIn the kitchen coffee pot shakesIt’s that aroma of all thingsThat … Continue reading Illini Sonnet Notes
Created by: Jose Rizal M. ReyesStructure: QuatorzainMeter: Decasyllabic or pentameterSchema: abbaccddeffegg Example Meter Matter by Lawrence Eberhart Constrained by form a sonnet forces rhymeAnd rhyme without some meter is bad verseLike Paul and Mary lacking Peter – worseDiscord will sometimes shout to me, ‘Watch out!’My deafness frequently obscures that shoutAnd bumps appear that other readers … Continue reading Kiwi Pause Notes
Old-fashioned beauty kissed by morning dew, In summer-rain her dreams reflect the sun, And poets ponder magic she can do...
Ill-mannered weather insulting the skin Echoes of rudeness the forecaster’s smile A beautiful day for taking it in...
The grouping of couplets is well documented in poetry, and, if using them, Heroic couplets are written in iambic pentameter. However there is no set meter for Sestet couplets. The rhyme scheme isAabbcc ddeeff and so on Example A Celtic Prayer Divina Collins Deep in the heart of the Welsh mountainsA chapel of worship that … Continue reading Sestet Couplets Notes
Created by: Jose Rizal M. ReyesStructure: Sestet and OctaveMeter: Decasyllabic or pentameterSchema: aaaaaa bbbbbbbb Example Azure Blue by Jez Farmer Cast the soul adrift upon the oceanAnd let it feel the waves of emotionAdrift but safe in a lover’s devotionWhere just one kiss can cause a commotionOr as calming as a soothing lotionFor each wave … Continue reading Korean Sonnet Notes
A seven-line form the Septilla originally consisted of octosyllabic line, however tetrameter and pentameter are now equally acceptable. There is a degree of flexibility for the poet in that there is a choice of rhyme schema.aabccba Example Scars by Leny Roovers Behind mantilla's black lace shieldher wounds lay open, near revealed.Her body, tall and straight, … Continue reading Septilla Notes
In summer sun the grate lies cold No embers left to warm the night Yet summer blooms beauty behold....