Repete

Pathways for the Poet by Viola Berg (1977) is a book for and by educators. Classic poetic forms as well as many invented forms which appear to have been invented as teaching tools or exercizes for use in workshops or classrooms are included. Some of these invented forms I have found in use in internet poetry communities, a testament to their staying power. On this page I include the metric invented forms found there in which appear to be exclusive to the community of educators from whom Ms. Berg drew her support. I have yet to find these in any other source. …. Whether classroom exercise or sharpening your skill as a writer, some of these forms can be fun to play with.

• The Repete is an invented form similar to the Rondel. It was introduced by Viola Berg. Although it is 14 lines it does not pretend to be a sonnet. 

The Repete is:
○ a quatorzain made up of an octave and a sestet.
○ metric, iambic tetrameter.
○ rhymed, turned on only 2 rhymes, rhyme scheme ABababAB ababAB
○ L1 becomes a refrain repeated L7 & L13 and L2 is a refrain repeated in L8 & L14.

Pasted from http://www.poetrymagnumopus.com/index.php?showtopic=1199#dionol
My thanks to Judi Van Gorder for years of work on this fine PMO resource.

My example

Impulse Buyer (Repete)

I think my missteps all have come
when swept away in ecstasy.
When bored my actions aren’t so dumb;
I contemplate what costs might be
and calculate events to come.
I’m prey to hospitality.
I think my missteps all have come
when swept away in ecstasy.

It maiden beats a sensual drum
my common sense is history.
I’ve married oft enough, then some,
but age has calmed me down, you see.
I think my missteps all have come
when swept away in ecstasy.

© Lawrencealot -September 21, 2014

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