Cromorna

  • Cromorna is a verse form that has compact lines and exacting meter and rhyme developed by Viola Berg.The Cromorna is:
    • stanzaic, written in 3 quatrains.  
    • syllabic, with  5/3/5/3/5/3/5/3/5/3/5/3 syllables per line.
    • rhymed, rhyme scheme abab cbcb dbdb  ().
My Thanks to Judi Van Gorder for the wonderful resource at PMO

My example Poem

Diverse     (Cromorna)
An electric arc
could have been
the requisite spark
way back when.

And that ignition
led to men
and our condition,
now and then.

If so, I suppose
we must yen
for each one of those
who our ken.

© Lawrencealot – March 18, 2014

Visual Template
(12 lines)

5/3 Meter Poetry form

A poem consisting of an odd number of quatrains (15 lines or more)
I have no idea if this form has been otherwise named, if you know please advise.
Alternating lines of 5 and 3 syllables, where
the odd lines consist of  an IAMB and an ANAPEST
da-DUM da-DUM-da
and the even lines consist of a DACTYL
DUM-da-DUM

Each stanza uses individual rhyme pattern –abab
where the b-rhymes are always feminine rhyme

The first stanza is a refrain, repeated as the final stanza. 

 

Example poem:

Paradise Kept   (5 3 Meter)

Such colors are not
accidents
so birds then forgot
abstinence.

Their evolution
manifest
a bright solution
was the best.When foes are but few
we evolve
with different view,
with resolve.

Most survive with ease
but compete
to awe and appease–
the elite.

They sung and they played
and they danced
their colors arrayed
to enhance.

Let man not destroy
thru his greed
the habitat of joy
where.they breed.

Such colors are not
accidents
so birds then forgot
abstinence.

© Lawrencealot – March 30, 2013

Visual Template
5-3 Meter