The La’libertas, a 22-line (4/6/4/6/2) poetic form created by Laura Lamarca. The stanza rules are as follows:
Stanza 1 – rhyme scheme ABBA, 8 syllables per line.
Stanza 2 – Free verse, 6 lines ONLY
Stanza 3 – Rhyme scheme BAAB, 8 syllables per line.
Stanza 4 – Free verse, 6 lines ONLY
Couplet – Italian (Any language acceptable except English)
How the La’libertas for got its name is from the word “libertas” which is Latin for “liberty” and “La” is Laura Lamarca’s signature.
Once wandered lonely world alone
‘neath skies that drenched in icy rain,
encompassed soul within its pain;
winds chapped fiercely, chilled and blown.
Soul grew old
in cold array,
in velvet vestige
& sorrows splayed
‘neath edges frayed.
Till hope gave warmth in ev’ry vein
and inner self escaped, now grown
from darker days of life once thrown –
it’s time for me to dream again.
Soul grew wise
in waking eyes,
& faith re-wrote
La grazia me ha benedetto con i baci gentili,
le ali delle libertà sulla mia faccia.
Copyright © 2007 Laura Lamarca
Pasted from http://www.shadowpoetry.com/resources/wip/lalibertas.html
Being that I have no foreign language skills, this will be one of the few forms for which I have not posted my own example.
The La’libertas is:
a poem of 22 lines,
syllabic, having lines of 4/6/4/6/2 syllables
stanzaic, having 5 stanzas, 2 quatrains, 2 sestets, and a couplet
formulaic, mandating mixed rhymed, free verse, and non-English language,
rhymed: abba and baab