Octet Poetry Form

• Octet is an invented form introduced by Dr. Laura Andersson. It is simply a diminishing octave.

• The Octet is:
○ an octastich, a poem in 8 lines.
○ syllabic, 8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 syllables per line.
○ unrhymed.
○ variable and can be written as a mirror or can be reversed.

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BCS Inaugral Season (Form:Octet)

BCS Inaugral Season 

I’ve been waiting for tomorrow

and tomorrow’s almost here.

Tomorrow the college

B C S football

playoffs begin!

Rest assured

no bet’s

safe.

 

© Lawrencealot – Dec 31, 2014

Octava Real

The Octava Real is the Spanish version of the Ottava Rima. This 14th century stanzaic form, like its Italian counterpart, is a narrative, often telling the story of important events.

The Octava Real is:
• stanzaic, written in any number of octaves.
• hendecasyllabic, written in 11 syllable lines.
• rhymed, abababcc.
• a narrative, tells a story.

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My example
Assailing Wassailing (Form: Octava Real)

It’s friendly and noble I guess to wassail
if wifey approves of your gaggle of friends.
You all sit around drinking pints of good ale
insulting each other, then making amends.
Too often somebody will end up in jail.
It’s time that I stop it, my wife now contends;
my children agree and my doctor does too,
“wassailing is not for a codger like you.”

© Lawrencealot – December 30, 2014

was·sail (wŏs′əl, wŏ-sāl′)
n.
1.
a. A salutation or toast given in drinking someone’s health or as an expression of goodwill at a festivity.
b. The drink used in such toasting, commonly ale or wine spiced with roasted apples and sugar.
2. A festivity characterized by much drinking.

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You may choose any or no meter. This is catalectic amphibraic tetrameter.

Octava Real

Markette

Markette: Created by Michael Degenhardt.
Rhymed Quatrains.

Syllable Count: 11/10/9/5
Rhyme Scheme: aaab cccd ddde fffe

No Place to Call Home

Partners Place –Housing First: An initiative to provide permanent housing
for chronically homeless persons

a11 In our town homeless people live under bridge.
a10 They camp out by railroad tracks or on a ridge.
a9 Some people care, try to help abridge
b5 gaps in services.
c11 The chronically ill, addicted, jobless,
c10 poverty, life situation painful mess–
c9 some folks try to raise our consciousness
d5 and want to make dent.
d11 Shelter, a place to call home, they will pay rent–
d10 percentage of income from government,
d9 coordinate needs as seen evident.
e5 working together.

f11 Grants, donations, they have built a safe, new place–
f10 apartments where residents interface,
f9 live with others, meet staff at own pace–
e5 safe from the weather.

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My example

For a Happy Next Year (Form: Markette)

This very troubled year will certainly end
I hope the best for you next year, my friend.
We can’t tell what the next might portend;
may yours be joyful.

Sub-cultures rising up and promising strife
give little care how they affect your life.
agendas they hold make discord rife.
Practice brotherhood.

Though agitators provoke and relish hate,
if we respond we make their traction great.
So stay with those you appreciate.
Stay well and happy.

Avoid the fools who pander harsh foolishness.
No confront is going to solve this mess.
We need Hellos more and “Hell no’s” less.
Accumulate friends.

© Lawrencealot – December 29, 2014

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Markette

Mistress Bradstreet Stanza

Mistress Bradstreet Stanza is a stanzaic verse attributed to American poet John Berryman (1914-1972) patterned after the frame of his 57 stanza poem Homage to Mistress Bradstreet which he said was developed after a life time of studying Yeats.

The Mistress Bradstreet Stanza is:
• stanzaic, written in any number of octaves.
• accentual verse, composed with 5-5-3-4-5-5-3-6 stresses per line.
• rhymed, rhyme scheme abcbddba, the a and d rhymes are a constant although occasionally the rhyme changes to abcbddca. 

Homage to Mistress Bradstreet by John Berryman (1st 3 stanzas) 

The Governor your husband lived so long
moved you not, restless, waiting for him? Still,
you were a patient woman.—
I seem to see you pause here still:
Sylvester, Quarles, in moments odd you pored
before a fire at, bright eyes on the Lord,
all the children still.
‘Simon …’ Simon will listen while you read a Song.

[2] Outside the New World winters in grand dark
white air lashing high thro’ the virgin stands
foxes down foxholes sigh,
surely the English heart quails, stunned.
I doubt if Simon than this blast, that sea,
spares from his rigour for your poetry
more. We are on each other’s hands
who care. Both of our worlds unhanded us. Lie stark,

[3] thy eyes look to me mild. Out of maize & air
your body’s made, and moves. I summon, see,
from the centuries it.
I think you won’t stay. How do we
linger, diminished, in our lovers’ air,
implausibly visible, to whom, a year,
years, over interims; or not;
to a long stranger; or not; shimmer & disappear.

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Tarnish (Form: Mistress Bradstreet Stanza)

In retrospect will history decide
that Hillary achieved her life-time goal
ascending to a stage
where she could play a noted role?
What cost, ignoring Clinton’s frequent trysts?
(His charm and force few maidens could resist.)
She wore the martyr role,
and seemed to benefit by standing by his side.

His faults his party clearly could abide
and character was deemed a price too high.
Hillary could not be blamed.
Yet global standards must apply.
She’ll likely never rise to stand a midst
the Goldas and the Thatchers who were kissed
with conviction noted and untamed.
Most likely a nod to greatness will be denied.

© Lawrencealot – December 29, 2014

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Mistress Bradstreet  Stanza

Mini-monoverse

The Mini-monoverse is a poetry form originated by Emily Romano. Each Mini-monoverse is made up of two stanzas of five three-syllable lines. They rhyme scheme is a/a/a/a/a for the first stanza and b/b/b/b/b for the second stanza. For a double Mini-monoverse just add two more stanzas. They rhyme scheme for the third stanza should be c/c/c/c/c and for the fourth stanza, d/d/d/d/d. It is desirable that the Mini-monoverse tell a story, but this is not a hard and fast rule.

How Many Times?

Thunderbolt!
Foolish dolt,
On a colt,
Feels the jolt
Of a volt.

Aftermath:
Venting wrath
In the bath,
Second swath!
Do the math.

Copyright © 2007 Emily Romano

Airborne

Cattail fluff
Velvet stuff
Colored buff
Watch it luff
Toward the bluff.

A light breeze
will appease,
lightly tease,
lift with ease
seeds like these.

Copyright © 2007 Margaret R. Smith

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My example

Ego-lust

It’s a cinch
Marshawn Lynch
shrunk an inch.
His crotch pinch
made me flinch.

Gone awry
a black eye
will apply.
A sad guy,
don’t know why.

© Lawrencealot – Dec 29, 2014

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Mini-Monoverse

Loonies

Loonies: Five lines. Syllable Count or Word Count:
1-5-5-1-1 hyphenated word-1 hyphenated word

Contemplating Angels
Angels
carry our imaginations and hopes.
Metaphors for good or bad
rainbow-winged
halo-hoopers.

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Specifications re-stated:
A 5 line, 13 word poem.
It is word-based with 1/5/5/1/1 words per line.
It is formulaic: the words in the final two lines must be hyphenated.
There are no metric or rhyming requirements.

My example

Semi-retirement (Form: Loonies)

I’m
tired of working every day
and aiming to become a
full-time
part-timer.

© Lawrencealot – December 28, 2014

Laurette

Laurette: Created by Etta Caldwell Harris. 28 syllables. 6 lines.
Syllable Count: 4-4-6-4-4-6 Rhyme Scheme: a-b-c-d-e-c

All Souls Eve Traffic Jam

4a Angels confront
4b more witch traffic.
6c Brooms, wings sweep breezily..
4d Airways get clogged.
4e Hot air breath steams
6c fog and tempers break free.

End of School Flash Dance

After Field Day
students flash dance.
Gym coach leads them to sweat.
Surprise teachers.
Then teachers dance.
Surprise not done yet.

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Brief, Quick, Easy (Form: Laurette)

Should you want to
avoid meter,
thought, and very much rhyme,
give this form a
a try; I know
it won’t take up much time.

© Lawrencealot – December 27, 2014

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Laurette

 

Jay’s Way

Jay’s Way: Created by Chazz Combs
Syllable Count: 3-7-11-9-5-3-3-5-9-11-7-3
Rhyme Scheme: a-b-b-c-c-d-d-e-e-f-f-a

Defending Dollhood

3a When seven
7b three boys insulted my doll.
11b Motherhood instincts rose, about to exact toll.
9c I chased boys home and then beat them up.
5c Managed to shut-up
3d the three boys
3d who taunt toys.
5e One father witness
9e laughed, didn’t stop his son’s girl distress.
11f Other two boys blamed fight on a boy bully.
7f I’m triumphant, smug– truly
3a felt even..

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My Example

Throw-a-way (Form: Jay’s Way)

Aw gee shucks
It was Christmas yesterday;
It’s pretty petty I’d be inclined to say
to object and moan we’ve got too much
dross and dreck and such.
We complain
with disdain
of purposeful waste,
of plastic and cardboard crushed with haste,
but upstream and downstream many people thrive
on waste, as do those who drive
garbage trucks.

© Lawrencealot – December 26, 2014

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Golda

Golda: Created by Golda Walker. Can be broken into two or three stanzas or no
stanzas.

Title is mandatory. 12 lines.
6th and 12th lines rhyme.
Syllable Count: 2-2-4-1-4-2a 2-1-2-4-4-2a

Thanksgiving at Grandma’s

Grandma
burns pies,
roasts turkey dry.
Flecked
potatoes drool.
Crock smells.
Gravy
lumps.
We frown
at mangled food.
Not a scene like
Rockwell’s.

Angel Flights

Angels
dangle
over my head,
fly
in my weird mind
near me.
Book case
shelves–
landings,
host and cage them
I smile as they
clear me.

Free Poems
Free poems
in box
in the front yard
lure
passers-by to
take one.
Poet
hopes
they will
read one, think some,
ponder, wonder
make one.

Cosmic Connections

James came
(cometumbilical-ed
tail
trailing). His head
was seenyellow
mooncheese
cap.
Earthling landed;
turned pink when he
was clean.
Angel Flights
Angels
dangle
over my head,
fly
in my weird mind
near me.
Book case
shelves–
landings,
host and cage them
I smile as they
clear me.

Free Poems

Free poems
in box
in the front yard
lure
passers-by to
take one.
Poet
hopes
they will
read one, think some,
ponder, wonder
make one.

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Specifications Re-Stated
The Golda is:
A 12 line titled poem.
It is syllabic: 2/2/4/1/4/2/1/2/1/4/4/2
It is rhymed: xxxxxaxxxxxa
It may be centered or not.
I may be presented as 1, 2 or three stanzas.

My example

My Autumn Mess ( Form: Golda)

The leaves
have left
their trees; that’s why
they
have been named leaves
I guess.

If
I don’t
rake,
I’ll pray for snow,
to cover up
the mess.

© Lawrencealot – December 26, 2014

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Golda

 

Ethnographic Haiku

Ethnographic Haiku: 7 stanzas. Syllable Count: 5-7-5
Relationship of particular subject or community with the environment.
Evoke at least 3 of the 5 senses ( touch, taste, smell, hearing, sight ).
Each stanza symbolic of one day with the entire poem representing a full week in the life of your particular subject community.

Poetry Caching in Spring

A realtor box
with free poems staked in yard
awaits visitors

Some walkers pick up
poems, thinking house for sale
crumble, toss poems

Rain seeps in the box
dribbles down smudging pages
Sun will curdle them

Walkers sit on wall
resting, reading poems, put
in backpacks or hands

Yanked up by the stake
to mow lawn, rests on trash cans
near camellias

Hail pelts plastic
casing, white as snow, soft ping
droned out by traffic

Stick-on, raised letters
offer poetry to all
who come to pass by

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Note: The form is Titled, and apparently punctuation is optional.