Melenesian Sonnet Notes

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

Abecedarium 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

La Germania 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

Malayan Fireburst Notes

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

Luc Bat Notes

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

Sijo 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

Rime Couée 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

Short Measure Notes

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

Sestina 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

Illini Sonnet 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

Kiwi Pause 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

Septilla 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