Dipodic Quatrain

Dipodic Quatrain is a quatrain written in podic or folk meter with 2 stressed syllables per line.
• Podic Verse or folk meter is a measure of verse simply based on the number of heavily stressed syllables in a rhymed line. The number of unstressed syllables are not considered. It is a hold over from Alliterative verse of the Anglo Saxons but instead of the irregular strophic verse, stanzas and rhyme are employed, something learned from the Normans.
The Dipodic Quatrain is:
• stanzaic, written in any number of quatrains.
• podic, written with 2 heavy stresses per line with no regard to the number of unstressed syllables.
• rhymed, rhyme scheme either abab cdcd etc. or aabb ccdd etc.

Crisis by Judi Van Gorder

Trouble is here
folks out of work
lost career
no pork.

Money tight
rolling up sleeves
taxes bite
family cleaves.

Pasted from http://www.poetrymagnumopus.com/index.php?showtopic=669#dipodic
My thanks to Judi Van Gorder for years of work on this fine PMO resource.

My attempt

Sacrifice for Rhyme 

Any time
I pen a verse
And use bad rhyme
It makes it worse.

Heaven knows,
my thoughts aren’t deep,
attempts at prose
puts folks to sleep.

I think dipodic
quatrains could
be hypnotic
if written good.

© Lawrencealot – December 2, 2014

Awit

The Awit is a Filipino poetry form explained below by Judi Van Gorder
On her wonderful PMO resource site:

  • Awit literally means song. This stanzaic form seems very similar to the Tanaga. It is unique in that a stanza should be one complete, grammatically correct, sentence.The Awit is:
    • stanzaic, written in any number of quatrains. (4 line multiples)
    • a narrative, it tells a story.
    • dodecasyllabic, 12 syllables per line, there is usually a pause after the 6th syllable.
    • rhymed, each stanza mono-rhymed aaaa bbbb cccc etc.
    • composed with each stanza representing a complete, grammatically correct, sentence.
    • composed liberally using various figures of speech.
    • written anonymously.
My example of a single stanza poem

The Climb     (Awit)

I started up the hills, intending on that day
to climb like deer to plateaus where the rocks gave way
to grasses lush and green, above where wild hawks play,
and ended up on top – above all human fray.
©  March 3, 2014