Type: Structure, Metrical Requirement, Other Requirement
Description: Quintet in syllables 5-7-5-7-7. The first two lines treat one subject, the second two treat another, and the last line is a refrain or paraphrase. The first two lines are a dependent clause, while the last three are independent.
Rhythm/Stanza Length: 5
Pasted from http://www.poetrybase.info/forms/003/332.shtml
My thanks to Charles L. Weatherford for his years of work on the wonderful Poetrybase resource.
Researching, I found: that this is a general and ancient classification of Japanese poetry, where Wa means Japanese and Ka means poem. It differentiated poetry writing in their own language from that written in Chinese, which was the more formal method.
All of the following are then examples of Waka. But I shall persist
and write one specifically to the form indicated by Mr. Weatherford.
Name Form Note
Katauta 5-7-7 One half of an exchange of two poemThas; the shortest type of waka
Repetition of 5 and 7 on phrases, with a last phrase containing 7 on.
Mainly composed to commemorate public events, and often followed by ahanka or envoi.
Numerous chōka appear prominently in the Man’yōshū, but only 5 in the Kokinshū.
Tanka 5-7-5-7-7 The most widely-composed type of waka throughout history
Sedōka 5-7-7-5-7-7 Composed of two sets of 5-7-7 (similar to two katauta).
Frequently in the form of mondōka (問答歌 “dialogue poem”?)
or an exchange between lovers
Bussokusekika 5-7-5-7-7-7 A tanka with an extra phrase of 7 on added to the end
Pasted from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waka_(poetry)
Men of power use
young women as their just due.
Groupies seek the light.
They will comply completely.
They’re quid quo pro dependent.
© Lawrencealot – August 30, 2014
Snam Suad (swimming of the sages or floating phrases), is a dan direach or direct meter form of the Ancient Irish forms, written with very short lines.
The Snam Suad is:
• an octastich, a poem in 8 lines.
• syllabic, 3 syllable lines.
• rhymed, rhyme scheme aaxbcccb.* x being unrhymed.
• L4 and L8 must be 3 syllable words.
• written with cywddydd (harmony of sound) and dunadh (beginning and ending the poem with the same word, phrase or line).
Movie Night by Judi Van Gorder
time for fun,
Pasted from http://www.poetrymagnumopus.com/index.php?/topic/1167-snam-suad/
My thanks to Judi Van Gorder for years of work on this fine PMO resource
*In order for dunadh to apply, this poem MUST begin and end on the same 3-syllable word. Therefore the following is possibly the correct rhyme scheme.
Rhyme Scheme: aaxabbba
Here a poem the uses aaxbcccb using a “like word”dunadh.
Soap and Suds by Katherine Moore
work not play.
Fluff and fold
see swirled suds,
Copied from http://tampareviewonline.org/blog/snam-suad/
My examples (sNaao Sooud)
Apparent (Snam Suad)
look at things
not what was
That was my presumed scheme since it fit Van Gorder’s poem.
Here’s a poem the uses aaxbcccb using a “like word”dunadh
Seen to Be (Snam Suad)
some things give
like a feint–
things that ain’t
© Lawrencealot – August 29, 2014
Visual Template for either:
The Triversen, (triple verse sentence), is a sentence broken into three lines. It has also been referred to as a “verset”, a surge of language in one breath.
The Triversen was originated by William Carlos Williams as a “native American” poetic form of the 20th century. According to Lewis Turco in his Book of Forms, it is “one of the most innovative things done to modern free-verse.” It introduced the “variable foot” to free verse. As best as I can understand, the “variable foot” is a phrase or portion of a sentence contained within a line.
The Triversen is:
• accentual. The rhythm of normal speech, employing 1 to 4 strong stresses per line.
• stanzaic, written in any number of tercets. Each tercet is a sentence broken into 3 uneven lines, each an independant clause.
• grammatical. The sentence is broken by line phrasing or lineating or sense units. There should be 3 units. L1 is a statement of fact or observation, L2 and L3 should set the tone, imply a condition or associated idea, or carry a metaphor for the original statement.
• alliterated. Alliteration accentuates stress.
Eventide by Judi Van Gorder 8-20-05
Sunset silence is interrupted
by a cursory
behind the horizon.
with a hic-up
and a wink.
On Gay Wallpaper by William Carlos Williams
The green-blue ground
is ruled with silver lines
to say the sun is shining.
And on this moral sea
of grass or dreams like flowers
or baskets of desires
Heaven knows what they are
between cerulean shapes”
laid regularly round.
Mat roses and tridentate
leaves of gold
threes, threes, and threes.
Three roses and three stems
the basket floating
standing in the horns of blue.
Repeated to the ceiling
to the windows
where the day
the scalloped curtains to
the sound of rain
Copied from: http://www.poetrymagnumopus.com/index.php?showtopic=618
My thanks to Judi Van Gorder for years of work on this fine PMO resource.
Water Lilies (Triversen)
Water lilies on pond’s surface
lie in wait
just as though expecting us.
Posed on pads in proud profusion
as they might for Claude Monet;
only now, awaiting us.
Water lilies seem eternal
you and I
have just begun.
© Lawrencealot – August 27, 2014
This is an invented form created by Mary Boren, aka Meter_Maid on Allpoetry, who hosts a compelling new site called Poets Collective.
It is a poem of 7 lines
It is metrical, requiring several specific metrical feet, to wit:
L1: A pair of spondees
L2-3: Dimetrical dactylic couplet plus a hard beat at the end
L4-5: Anapestic dimeter, not rhyming with each other
L6: Anapestic trimeter, rhyming with L4
L7: Anapest. amphibrach, or iamb, which may, but is not required to rhyme with L5
It is formulaic, requiring a person’s name in either line 2 or 3.
It is themed:
” to capture a person’s unguarded moment, breaking stereotypes.” I’d like to somehow convey that the task is to zoom in on descriptive details that plant a distinct concrete image, preferably an unexpected one. You could almost say it has a volta at L5, as it catches something a camera would miss.
It is rhymed with rhyme pattern: xaabzbz, where “z” lines may rhyme or not.
Just Notions (Snapshot)
Think long, think wrong!
Lawrence R. Eberhart thought
thinking of things he was taught
would most surely reveal
at least one salient fact
he was wrong all along on that deal
© Lawrencealot – August 23, 2014
Note: This poem fails to be a Snapshot lacking the apparently candid moment required by the theme.
Try this one:
Neighborly Chat (Snapshot)
Stop, look, think back.
Shoveling snow from the walk
Jerry MGee stopped to talk
with the girl from next door
he’d forgotten her name,
but remembered her shape from before,
quite a dame.
© Lawrencealot – August 23, 2014
Note: Several options exist for L7.