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....
The rubaiyat brings Omar Khayyam, so unsurprisingly the rubaiyat originates from Persia. It consists of four line stanzas and is usually written in tetrameter or pentameter. Line one, two and four rhyme and the third line can be used to interlock the next stanza Rhyme scheme: aaba bbcb ccdc and so on Example Sacred Rite … Continue reading Rubaiyat Notes
The Saraband is a form taken from the dance of the same name, and has an alternate 3-4 beat. The dance, of Asian origin, was introduced into Spain in the 16th century and later to the courts of France and Italy. The form follows the dance with two stanzas, the first of three lines and … Continue reading Saraband Notes
Consisting of three unrhymed lines of eleven syllables and one of five, the Sapphic Stanza is derived from the ancient Greek verse of Sappho. Each of the three eleven-syllable lines consists of two trochees, one dactyl and two trochees. This line is known as a Sapphic. The fourth line of the stanza consists of a … Continue reading Sapphic Stanza Notes
Developed from the Cinquain by Richard Wilbur, the Rubliw is usually a message to a person, a group, or mankind. Usually iambic, it starts with monometer, each lime increasing by a foot until the fifth line in pentameter. The lines then decrease by a foot each time until the closing line in monometer. Example Birds … Continue reading Rubliw Notes
Created by Jose Rizal M. ReyesStructure: Three quatrains and a coupletMeter: Decasyllabic or pentameterSchema: abca bcab cabc dd Example Achievements by PK Roy On personal achievements everyonefeels too satisfied, nothing wrong, no sore;But, when one allows success to definewho she's, leads to misery as outcome.To feel good too much attention goes foraccomplishing bigger things and … Continue reading Kindergart Klas Sonnet Notes
Created by Joyce KilmerStructure: Two quatrains and two tercetsMeter: Decasyllabic or pentameterSchema: abba baab cdc dcd Example Alarm Clocks by Joyce Kilmer When Dawn strides out to wake a dewy farmAcross green fields and yellow hills of hayThe little twittering birds laugh in his wayAnd poise triumphant on his shining arm.He bears a sword of … Continue reading Kilmer’s Sonnet Notes
The Ropalic seems to be easy at first glance, but actually requires a lot of hard work to accomplish a piece to a poet’s satisfaction. The rules are simple enough, with each line the first word is monosyllabic, the second has two syllables, the third three and so on. There is no rhyme or meter … Continue reading Ropalic Notes
Created by Jose Rizal M. ReyesStructure: Three quatrains and a coupletMeter: Decasyllabic or pentameterSchema: abab ccdd efef gg Example Tell Me of Your Anger in Whispers by Lawrence Eberhart Should you be moved to speak in anger, dear,I ask that first you test your words alone.You’ll want to be assured your meaning’s clear.If anger stems … Continue reading Kangaroo Pause Notes
Myths of modern times Echoes of long ago Time repeats...
Derived from the Rondeau and the Rondine the Roundel is a nineteenth century form created by the English poet AG Swinbourne. It consists of eleven lines constructed from two quatrains and a triplet.The rhyme scheme consists of two rhymes and the refrain is formed from the first phrase of the first line. By convention the … Continue reading Roundel Notes
To pray is to open my soul to desire, And ignite the flame of my spiritual fire. It is the heart’s whisper carried on the breeze, It is the rustling leaves that jostle in trees
Structure: Octave and sestetMeter: Decasyllabic or pentameterSchema: aabbbbcc ccdddd Example In the Junk Drawer by Jez Farmer It’s that time to clear out the drawer of junkTo rummage odds and sods that did a bunkAll those things that in secret try to hideNeglected stuff aspects of me insideHidden away like the tears never criedAnd secrets … Continue reading Hierarchal Sonnet Notes
A neglected yet beautiful poetic form the Rondel is a thirteen-line form constructed over two rhymes. There is also a refrain, which is set by the first two lines of the first stanza. The meter is open to the poet’s discretion but like most French poetry forms is usually eight-syllable lines. The rhyme scheme is … Continue reading Rondel Notes
Structure: Octet and two sestetsMeter: Decasyllabic or pentameterRhyme scheme: abbaabba cdecde effegg Example Duskfall by Jez Farmer The gentle lapping water echoes duskA lake shimmering bright in purple pinkWhile distant shorelines into shadows sinkAnd the air takes on the eventide’s muskAnd trees whisper as night birds start to buskTheir songs of love inspire a mate … Continue reading John Milton’s Caudated Sonnet Notes
Structure: QuatorzainMeter: No meter requirementSchema: ABcdefABghijAB Example Watching the Sea by Jez Farmer While sitting on the shore I watched the sea,My heart was seeking the answers of life,I saw the waves, cascading white horsesReleased to run towards the pebbled shoreEach pushing further in towards the landAnd washing sun-baked stones until they shone.While sitting on … Continue reading John Tee Sonnet Notes
Created by Created by Harrisham MinhasStructure: 2 sestets and a coupletMeter: no restriction but should have rhythmSchema: ababab cdcdcd ee Example Sonnet to Spring by Jez Farmer Between winter and roses sunshine bloomThe birds feed and stare into heavy grey skiesIn wild patches daffodils break the gloomThe warmer days coming with breezy sighsBut still inside … Continue reading Harrisham Sonnet Notes
A popular English form the Roundelay originates to the time of Chaucer. Consisting of any number of quatrains comprised over two couplets, the second couplet is the common rhyme within each stanza and the last line of that couplet is also a refrain. This gives the following rhyme schemaaabB ccbB ddbB and so on.Example Celtic … Continue reading Roundelay Notes
Created by John KeatsStructure: Four triplets and a coupletMeter: Decasyllabic or pentameterSchema: abc abd cab cde de Example Paper Sheet by Jez Farmer A paper sheet; untouched and lily whiteAn illusion waiting for ink to be bornOf poet’s dreams in sweet rhythm and rhymeThat voices passion for love’s own delight.The ancient nib in poet’s hand … Continue reading Keats’ Sonnet Notes
Created by Jose Rizal M ReyesStructure: Three quatrains and a coupletMeter: Decasyllabic or pentameterSchema: abcb bcdc cded deNote: The third line in each stanza must have a feminine end-word Example Owed to Judges by Lawrence R. Eberhart Someone is tasked with being judge, of coursein any competition of the arts.Most earn the right thru their … Continue reading Kal’s First Fireburst Notes
Sweet and sensual, yet so outwardly shy I cannot help but love you I do not ask why My heart beats as your eyes look at me...
Created by Scott J AlcornStructure: 2 sestets with a cross rhymed couplet (the cross rhyme is in the 2nd to 4th syllable in each of the two lines of the couplet). Also there is a cross rhyme in the first line of the 2nd sestet (between the 2nd to 4th syllable), tying the 1st sestet … Continue reading Jeffrey’s Sonnet Notes
Inspired by the movie ‘The Dead Poets Society’ cousins Jason and Richard Wilkins formed their own society of poets and from their challenges Richard created the Rictameter in 1990-91. Based on the concept of a cinquain and its functionality without restrictions other than format the popularity of the form has spread.With no rhyme or meter … Continue reading Rictameter Notes
Italian Sonnet 1 Structure: Octave and sestetMeter: decasyllabic or pentameterSchema: abbaabba cdcdcd Example Cinderella’s Fetish by Jez Farmer An obsession once a cute quirkEngaging her within my desireDelicate feet dancing with fireAnd I felt all my senses jerkFor her heart I was going berserkWith love and lust on a live wireBut too soon the passions … Continue reading Italian Sonnet Notes
Structure: Octave and sestetMeter: Decasyllabic or pentameterSchema: aabbccdd eeffgg Example Spark by Jez Farmer The darkness of depression holds my handEmbracing me here where I cannot standAnd my eyes of tears cannot see the wayTo lead me out into the light of dayThere is no place that I can go, not nowFor darkness holds me … Continue reading Heroic Sonnet Notes
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Created by Jose Rizal M Reyes in tribute to Gloria Macapagal-ArroyoStructure: Three quatrains and a coupletMeter: decasyllabic or pentameterSchema: abba abba cddc dd Example Open the Door by Jez Farmer Seeing beyond pain to enrich the dayA hidden purpose, a reason to dreamReleasing the past in a conscious streamAnd open the door to a better … Continue reading Gloria cum Noynoy Sonnet Notes
Believed to have originated from Italy the Rime Royal is a seven line stanza of three rhyme sound in the following rhyme scheme ababbcc There does not seem to be any meter requirement Example The Prioress’s Tale by Geoffrey Chaucer Domine, dominus noster. O Lord, Our Lord, Thy name how marvelousIs spread through all this … Continue reading Rime Royal Notes
The Rondine is another much neglected French form. A repeating form, it is quite challenging to the poet, consisting of two stanzas, a septet (7 lines) and a quintet (5 lines). The refrain in which the last line both stanzas mimics the first phrase of the first line (R). There is no specified meter. The … Continue reading Rondine Notes
Structure: Octave, sestet, and three tripletsMeter: Decasyllabic or pentameterRhyme Schema: abbabccb cddcdd dee dff dgg Example Charlie’s Gone by Jez Farmer Recalling that night, the first time we metToo blind to see the harm in front of meBelieving you had come to set me freeBy numbing pain and making me forgetSelling my soul, I didn’t … Continue reading Germanic Sonnet Caudated Notes
Created by Gloria MartinStructure: Octet and a sestetMeter: decasyllabic or pentameterSchema: aabbbccc ddedee. Example Black Rose Petals by Jez Farmer As I lay the black roses on your graveI no longer feel I am strong and braveAs winds blows emptiness again todayIt feels like living is so far awayAnd my tears fall where the dark … Continue reading Glorionic Sonnet Notes
Created by Jose Rizal M ReyesStructure: Quatrain, sestet and quatrainMeter: each line is a haikuSchema: aaaa bbbbbb aaaa Example Sakura Memories by Jez Farmer Sweet scented petals descend on the breeze; fragrant farewell,Memories entwine in rivers of tears; love cannot dispelDark clouds obscure the future and the sun in living hell?Temple chimes echo sounds of … Continue reading Japanese Sonnet Notes
Created by Jose Rizal M. ReyesStructure: alternate quintains and coupletsMeter: decasyllabic or pentameterRhyme Scheme: abbba cc deeed ff Example The Rabbit and the Warrior by Jez Farmer As springtide comes amid the ancient stoneA warrior stands alone as he seeksThe old one with whom holy wisdom speaksAs across the skies the setting sun streaksA white … Continue reading Grammarian Sonnet Notes
The Rondelet is a French form that turns on a refrain and has two rhymes. The first, third and seventh lines consist of four syllables and form the refrain. Lines two, fourth, fifth and sixth lines consist of eight syllables. The Rhyme scheme is AbAabbA Example Roasties Crunch by Jez Farmer A Sunday lunchWhile catching … Continue reading Rondelet Notes
The Rondeau can be a challenging form for the poet. Consisting of three stanzas, a quintet, a quatrain, and a sestet, the first phrase of the first line, or the hole first line sets the refrain (R). The meter is eight syllable or ten syllable line, but it is the poet’s choice if that is … Continue reading Rondeau Notes
French Sonnet IStructure: Octave and sestetMeter: Octasyllabic or iambic tetrameterRhyme Schema: abbaabba ccdccd Example On the Way Down by Jez Farmer In darkness whispers kept talking to meAnd whispers echoed around in my mindA growling roar that once was far behindIn the realms of a childhood fantasyThose days before my soul walked strong and freeWhen … Continue reading French Sonnet Notes
Form: Italian Octave 2 The masts chatter casually on the breezeFrom where there have been to where they will goThe trials and tribulations that flowAnd how the ever-changing tides at easeAs the weather-worn hands tack to the windTo follow the stars to a distant landThe white sails on the course he had plannedAns time shines … Continue reading White Sails
Another neglected but beautiful French form the Rondel Prime is a 14-line poem which is formed over two rhymes. The refrain is set up using the first two lines of the first stanza. The meter is open to the poet’s discretion but is usually eight-syllable lines. The Rhyme scheme is ABababAB ababaAB Or for an … Continue reading Rondel Prime Notes
A 16th-century Spanish Quntet form the Quintilla is a quintet of eight-syllable or iambic tetrameter lines. The presentation of the rhyme scheme can vary but only two consecutive lines may have the same rhyme. For example aabba abbaa abaab Weight Watching Poets by Jez Farmer Calories in everythin'All add up to that fat or thinYou … Continue reading Quintilla Notes