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...
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
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
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...
Form: Quatrains The seats are full, the tension highA guitar string and I could flyI’m sat eager for the first beatFor the pulse of rock music’s heat That night the wall came down will stayIn our minds as Floyd start to playBerlin was one city once moreThe bass throb vibrates in the floor. Heroes of … Continue reading We Don’t Need No Segregation!
Form: Quatrains The dictionary defines rhymeAs words sounding the same when said.It is not so easy this time.So get that thought out of my head. There are now many types to learnRhymes that are rich, or meet an eyeAs I study and candle burn,A poet, will that soon be I? Identical, true, assonant,Imperfect just like … Continue reading What is Rhyme?
Form: Quatrains The world of stars I see,Above the Earth each night,Is where I find my dreams,Before the dawn’s daylight. The kiss of dew tastes sweet,The gift of nature’s rite,Awake the spites of life,Before the dawn’s daylight ©JGFarmer2009
Form: Quatrains For July 8th I have just one wishTo spend an hour with Percy ByssheTo hear him speak and share a whileMaybe even see my hero smile. His works of beauty, I have them allWords from a romantic that often call.Magic images that release my mindSo much inspiration for a painter to find. Verses … Continue reading July 8th
A variation of Common Measure, Long Measure consists quatrains of iambic tetrameter lines with a rhyme pattern of abcb defe and so on, or abac dedf and so on. Example Beneath the Willow Tree by Jez Farmer My words are naught but summer rainwhen met with acrid clouds of doubt.Each time the hurt denies my … Continue reading Long Measure Notes
While talking with December late one night A glass of whiskey in my hand I sure he smiled in the firelight...
An interesting form the Italian Quatrain is thought to have been created by Francesco Petrarch when he moved away from the Sicilian court. It is a building block for the Italian, Spanish, and French octaves. It is, however, a form in itself with the precedence of the meter, which consists of eight syllables, being set … Continue reading Italian Quatrain Notes
The Heroic Stanza is a popular quatrain used in ballades and storytelling. It consists of one unrhymed couplet and a rhymed couplet giving the poet some choice in rhyme pattern. Both couplets are decasyllabic or iambic pentameter.Possible rhyme schemas: abcb defe ghih and so onabbc deef ghhi and so onabac dedf ghgi and so onabca … Continue reading Heroic Stanza Notes
A rather different poetic form, especially for English language poets, is the Goethe Stanza. Each stanza comprises of a single line a couplet and another single line. The first single line rhymes with the second line of the couplet and the first line of the couplet rhymes with the second single line. There is no … Continue reading Goethe Stanza Notes
Forces of nature, hail to Thee, From here on bended knee. The Earth Mother graces us with life...
The sun setting on the horizon line, As damask streaks appear in the dusk sky. White crested the waves fall softly in line...
My ideal as I rise early with the birds to most I suppose that is quite absurd. Coffee brewing, the aroma fills the room
The basic ballad stanza is made up of four lines. It has an alternating couplet at lines two and four. The lines also alternate between tetrameter and trimeter. This gives the following structure xxxxxxxaxxxxxbxxxxxxxcxxxxxb Example: The Little Boy Lost by William Blake "Father, father where are you going?Oh do not walk so fast!Speak, father, speak … Continue reading Ballad Stanza Notes
The long measure ballad is a variant of common measure. It consists of four-line stanzas, each line ideally being iambic tetrameter or eight-syllables in length.
Poetic Notes: Half Measure