Piaku

The Piaku form takes part of its name from the fact that the syllable count for each line matches the digits in Pi.

Form Type: Syllabic
Origins: American
Creator: Mike Rollins
Number of Lines: Unlimited
Rhyme Scheme: Not Applicable
Meter: Not applicable

Pasted from <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pi>

Rules
1. Each line must be the same syllable length as the digit in that location in the PI sequence.

2. Poems may be of any length.

Pi:  3.14159 26535 89793

Examples
The Storm

Flash, Rumble
Rain
Awesome thunder
Wind
The wind will plunder
As did the pirates from on yonder
Raid, fall
Damn! My ship is sinking
The water stinging
Quivering
The storm moves onward
I’m tired, I’m cold, I sink, I die.

Mike Rollins

The Rain

I say old
man ,
listen to that
wind.
Walking is no fun
on a night when horizontal rains
transpire.
Scurry to the back yard
hurry quick then lie
by the fire.

(c) Lawrencealot – January 22, 2013

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Phyquain

Form Created by John Madison Shaw, Sr., aka Arkbear on Allpoetry.

MUST have 5 Quatrains – (20 lines)
No Set Line length
No Set Meter
The Nth line of each quatrain must rhyme with each other.
Letter use restrictions.
No letter ( a ) in 1st L of each Q –
No letter ( b ) in 2nd L of each Q –
No letter ( c ) in 3rd L of each Q –
No letter ( d ) in 4th L of each Q –
ALL 1st L’s must have same end Rhyme –
ALL 2nd L’s must have same end Rhyme –
ALL 3rd L’s must have same end Rhyme –
ALL 4th L’s must have same end Rhyme –
Flow is a MUST!
Metaphors are a MUST!
Beautiful Poetic voice is a MUST!
There can be no fixed template for the form, for line length is NOT specified
Most I have seen have been pentameter or longer.
Since one can choose any line-length and meter
I have chosen Iambic tetrameter for this work.
Example Poem
Absurdlutely My Beloved    (Phyquain)
I’ll mow my way through drive-way snow
I’ll shovel  through the growing grass
I’ll throw the pigs at angry birds
or fly-fish somewhere in a blimp.
I’ll cry when comedy’s the show
and laugh at church and scratch my ass.
I’ll roller skate in buff’lo herds
I’ll teach ballooning to a shrimp.
I might return before I go,
or teach at school that has no class
or write a poem without words
or book a nun that needs a pimp.
I might invite the firefly’s glow
to brighten up each underpass
or make all homeboys into nerds.
I could teach rattlesnakes to primp.
These I might do, you’ll never know.
However you will be my lass
forever plus about two-thirds.
Always will I remain your imp.
© Lawrencealot – January 22, 2013
Since one can choose any line-length and meter
I have chosen Iambic tetrameter for this work.
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Pleiades

Pleiades form

This titled form was invented in 1999 by Craig Tigerman, Sol Magazine’s Lead Editor.
Only one word is allowed in the title followed by a single seven-line stanza.

The first word in each line begins with the same letter as the title.

Hortensia Anderson, a popular haiku and tanka poet, added her
own requirement of restricting the line length to six syllables.

 

 Example Poem

Storm

Striking frightful lightning
Sending shadows darting
Sudden squall surprising
Shrieking wind propelling
Screams against our faces,
Slamming hail bombarding –
Suddenly it’s over.

© Lawrencealot – April 16, 2012

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This was penned in trochaic trimeter, but that is not a requirement.

Pleiades

 

Purely Hopeful

This form was invented by Jennifer L. Hedin, aka on Allpoetry as Pure_Hope

A Four Stanza form, with two quatrains enveloping two tercets.
The syllable counts and rhyme-pattern for each stanza is:
9/8/7/6: abab
7/8/9: cdc
9/8/7: cdc
6/7/8/9: fgfg
(ababcdccdcfgfg)

There is no metric requirement.

Example Poem

Camping Trip
“Dress for camping,” I advised, “Wear red.
So she put on a pencil dress.
She wanted me home instead.
Her ploy was a success.

I stayed home and was not sad.
I was I’ll admit, quite content.
Next time I said “Camping won’t be bad.”

“Dress in red.  Wear boots- You will be glad.”
She dressed in leather; time well spent
and wore the best boots she had.

Even though she brought rope,
Figuring to snare our lunch?
I stayed home again.  I’m no dope.
And there I enjoyed my honeybunch.

 © Lawrencealot – September 14, 2012
 
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Quadrilew

Created by C. G. V. Lewis, the Quadrilew is a form of quatrain poem
with an abab rhyming scheme, repeating lines, and contains an alternating syllable structure.

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This is a stanzaic, form requiring 4 quatrains.
It is syllabic with two forms, either 5/6/5/6  repeating or 6/5/6/5 repeating.
Minimum 16 lines, No meter specified.
Refrains: The Nth line of the first quatrain is the first line of the Nth quatrain.

In the first verse, the poet may either start with a five or six syllable line.
The poem requires FOUR quatrains

Rhyme pattern: aBAB2 Baba Abab B2aba, when the capitalized letters represent the three refrain lines.

VERSE ONE,
Line 1, 5 syllables.
Line 2, 6 syllables.
Line 3, 5 syllables.
Line 4, 6 syllables.

VERSE TWO,
Line 1, (which is a REPEAT of line 2 of the FIRST verse) has 6 syllables.
Line 2 new line of 5 syllables
Line 3 new line of 6 syllables
Line 4 new line of 5 syllables.

VERSE THREE,
Line 1, (which is a REPEAT of line 3 of the first verse) has 5 syllables.
Line 2 new line of 6 syllables.
Line 3 new line of 5 syllables.
Line 4 new line of 6 syllables.

VERSE FOUR,
Line 1, (which is a REPEAT of line 4 of the first verse) has 6 syllables.
Line 2 new line of 5 syllables.
Line 3 new line of 6 syllables.
Line 4 new line of 5 syllables.

If the first line of verse one has 6 syllables then the pattern is
Verse 1, 6565,
Verse 2, 5656,
Verse 3, 6565,
Verse 4 5656: (the rhyme pattern still being abab.)

If wishing to create a longer poem then the next verse (5)
must be a completely fresh set of four lines,
these being used as before in the following three verses.

Example Poem

My Goat   (Quadrilew)

My goat can’t pedal yet.
My goat likes to ride
when we go to the vet.
He likes apples fried.

My goat likes to ride

buses, trains, and , you bet
cars– on the inside!
(He don’t like gettin’ wet. )
When we go to the vet
He climbs up astride
my back and that’s no sweat.
my goat’s satisfied.
He likes apples fried
if appetite’s been whet.
Laughs he will provide,
he’s more a friend than pet.
© Lawrencealot – Janyary 20,2016

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This is the 5/6 option

This is th 6/5 option

Quadrilou

This is a form invented by Mary Lou Healy, aka Mlou on Allpoetry
The form consists of two octets (16 lines)
with rhyme pattern abcdabcd abcdabcd
meter Iambic
Each Octet consists of two Quatrains, where
Line 1 is tetrameter
Line 2 Dimeter
Line 3 Trimeter
Line 4 Dimeter

Example Poem

Let’s write a Quadrilou today.
It’s really fun.
A tetrameter line
will start each verse.
That’s where you have the most to say,
you’re quickly done
because of form’s design
which is quite terse.

Just four syllables are in play
in any one
of even lines; resign
yourself, don’t curse.
Yet every line can grow one way-
a rhyme end-run,
use feminine  end-rhyme
that’s  not adverse.

© Lawrencealot – October 29, 2012

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Quaintrell

This form was created by Allpoetry’s D.D. Michaels , aka midnightblue
 A poetry form consisting of 3 or more Octets,
with the 8 lines of each Octet having the following syllable count:
8/8/8/6/8/8/8/6, that is to say Iambic Tetrameter in lines 1/2/3/ and 5/6/7,
and Iambic Trimeter in lines 4 and 8.
The rhyme scheme is as follows: aa(b/b)c dd(e/e)c
That means that in the Quatrain of the Octet, lines 1 and 2 rhyme, in line 3 there is an internal with the end-word,
and line 4 rhymes with line 8 in the following Quatrain of the Octet.
Example Poem
Ode to the Quaintrelles
The Dandizettes pre-dated me.
But, I applaud them, they seemed free.
It almost seems they lived their dreams
They stressed by dress, their charms.
In finery these Danizettes
May frequently have been coquettes
They liked to play and found their way
to wealthy fellows’ arms.

At first some thought them fancy whores,
Bedecked and primed for nighttime chores
and they were spurned, yet they soon earned
respect for charm and grace.
From Europe came their finest clothes
to showcase first;  their standing rose.
Each girl would show the cultural glow,
with happy smiling face.

Equivalent today subsumed
by Hollywood pretense consumed
by any twit though lacking wit
who wants to look the part.
Quaintelles did more than copy styles.
they flaunted them and with their smiles
said okay guys, we are the prize.
They did it with their heart.
© Lawrencealot – April 30, 2012

Author’s Notes
quaintrelle is a woman who emphasizes a life of passion expressed through personal style, leisurely pastimes, charm, and cultivation of life’s pleasures. Quaintrelles share the philosophical underpinnings of dandies, developed within feminine nature and styles.   They were also called dandizettes.

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Quatern

The Quatern is a French form that consists of four quatrains (4-line stanzas),
with 8 syllables in each line.
The first line of stanza 1 is repeated as a refrain line as the second line of stanza 2,
the third line of stanza 3 and the last line of stanza 4.
There is no set meter or rhyme scheme.
 
Possible rime schemes  –  virtually any are ok
i. Abab, cAca, adAd, eaeA
ii. Aabb, aAbb, bbAa, bbaA
iii. Axax, xAxa, axAx, xaxA
Example Poem

Write a Quatern

This line shall serve as a refrain.
Each stanza moves it down again.
This form is in tetrameter,
but may be done pentameter

Though that does go against the grain.
This line shall serve as a refrain.
The first two lines were fine iambs,
But in the next, that meter scrams.

No meter is required at all
which makes choosing good words, a ball.
This line shall serve as a refrain.
Rhyming with refrain is no strain.

Just two more lines will do the trick.
Then we are finished pretty quick
You’re forced to “a” rhyme once again.
This line shall serve as a refrain.

© Lawrencalot – April 1, 2012
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Rannaigheacht bheag (ran-á-yah voig)

A traditional Irish quatrain of 7-syllable lines [7/7/7/7] (‘old-school’),
 or 8/6/8/6, ending in 2-syllable words all linked by consonance
(in its old meaning, ‘having the same vowels’),
 with at least two cross-rimes in each couplet
 (can be consonance in first but should be rime in second)
and alliteration in every line, which in the second couplet
 must be between the last two stressed words in each line,
and with the dunedh, of course (ending in the same word, phrase,
 or line it began with).
Poem ExampleRon-a’yach Rhyme

Writing rhyming words, giving
living lines, fit for fighting
biting boredom while living
in style with witty writing.

(c) Lawrencealot – May 16,2012

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As with the other Irish forms, a template can show you the syllable count and a bit more, but cannot be definitive as so much variation is possible while meeting the formal  requirements.
In the example below some words not hi-lighted could have been as serving one or more rules.

Redondilla

NOTE:I have included the definition from two different sources here.  The first specifies the minimum number of quatrains, the 2nd does not.

The 2nd requires that the meter be TROCHAIC, the first is indifferent.

Well, boys and girls – indifferent wins.  I spent some time on 5 different sites and found NOT ONE trochaic poem in English, and several that did not have FOUR STANZAS.

This is simply a poem consisting of four quatrains in tetrameter, preferably iambic  or trochaic.  The rhyme scheme can be aabb, abab, or abcb.  (Although some sources will advise otherwise, syllable count is secondary to rhythmic flow).  Most descriptions do not mention meter.  I have found in the English language most use Iambic and any rhyme scheme, even mixing them.  (An insult, in my way of thinking.)

redondilla, a Spanish stanza form consisting of four trochaic lines,
usually of eight syllables each, with a rhyme scheme of abba.
Quatrains in this form with a rhyme scheme of abab,
sometimes also called redondillas, are more commonly known as serventesios.
Redondillas have been common in Castilian poetry since the 16th century.
The word is derived from the Spanish redondo, meaning “round.”

http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/494744/redondilla

Example Poem
Tropical Storm (A Redondilla or a Serventesio )

Surging currents falling rain

cloudy grey and gasping sky.
Seabirds leaving, wonder why.
Season of the hurricane.

Board your windows stock your shelves
Candles, girlfriend, water, food,
Stranded people making feel good.
Living, loving, by ourselves.

“Mom and pop are coming too??”
“Having to evacuate!”
“Gosh and gee that’s really great.”
“Your folks too? Least we could do. ”

Moms crochet by candle light,
dads play cards and guzzle beer.
You and I with bed in here
writing poems day and night.

(c) Lawrencealot – July 24, 2012

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Written in footless trochaic tetrameter.