Lyra Chord

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 Lyra Chord is an invented verse form created by L. Ensley Hutton.

The Lyra Chord is:
an octastich.
metered, L1,L2,L3,L5,L7 & L8 iambic pentameter, L4 & L6 iambic dimeter.
rhymed, rhyme scheme abbcacdd. L1 & L5 also have internal rhyme.
 

 

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My example

The Ombudsman (Lyra Chord) with (Bob and Wheel)

The Ombudsman

As there he sat in ochre velvet hat
with mandatory shadow of a grin,
a trace, an echo where frequent smiles had been,
perhaps now cold.
He had to chat, his judgment called for that.
He’s frail and old,
His thoughts meandering, illusive too,
but incandescent when they’re brought to view.

The government
denied the hopes of folks behind the rope;
outside the window, drizzle hasn’t died.
Their man in burgundy’s no dope; he’ll cope.
The clotted crowd give plaudits – satisfied.

© Lawrencealot – September 16, 2014

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Note: only the top eight lines represent the Lyra Chord.
In multi-processing mode, I used this form to enter a
contest, where word-bank words (show in red) were all
required, thus I had to extend the piece, and I used the
Bob and Wheel form to do so.

Lyra Chord

Louise

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 Louise is a stanzaic form that seems to be an exercise in using feminine and masculine endings. It was created by Viola Berg.

The Louise is:
stanzaic, written in any number of quatrains.
metered. L1, L2, L3 are pentameter (5 metric feet), L4 is iambic dimeter (2 metric feet)
composed with L1 and L3 with feminine (unstressed) endings.
rhymed. L2 and L4 rhyme. Rhyme scheme xaxa xbxb etc x being unrhymed.

Land Ho! by Judi Van Gorder

So long ago, adventure for a sailor, 
with well supplied, staunch ships Columbus sailed 
without a means to navigate the water 
New land they hailed.
 

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My example

 

 

Commanding Stuff   (Louise)

 Commanding Stuff

The lightning slicing through the sky can frighten
the most established and contented folk
but others wait for thunder’s crash proclaiming
it’s not a joke.

 

© Lawrencealot – September 15, 2014

Picture credit: Theresa Clark from Pinterest

 

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Louise

Laurel

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 Laurel is another invented verse form created by Viola Berg that switches meter and rhyme between stanzas.

The Laurel is:
a poem in 24 lines, made up of 4 sixains.
metric, L1, L3, L4, L5 are iambic tetrameter, L2 and L6 are iambic trimeter.
rhyme, abcccb adeeed fghhhg fijjji.
the trimeter lines are indented.
 

 

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My example

 Scorn the Reaper (Laurel)

You won’t find me afraid of him —
the reaper with the scythe.
I never was before this day;
I haven’t lived my life that way,
and that’s the way it’s gonna stay
as I run out my life.

He’s pictured as a guy that’s grim
but that’s a fantasy.
A tale that’s told (to what avail),
with heaven added to your hell?
I’ll live my life, and live it well,
for what shall be shall be.

My organs all shall pass to dust
as someday will the stars.
Before my intermission comes
I’ll eat fresh fruit and dried-out plums
I’ll dance to music played by drums
banjos and steel guitars.

I’ll acquire lovers, friends, and trust
that measure suits me fine.
My body’s served me, so’s my mind.
The body part, I’ll leave behind,
I’m not sure what my mind might find
and claim at last as mine.

© Lawrencealot – September 14, 2014

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Laurel

Latova

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 Latova which I can only assume it was created by the author Viola Berg. This invented verse form appears to be an exercise in trochaic meter.

The Latova is:
a poem in 18 lines made up of 2 9 line stanzas.
metered, trochaic tetrameter, the final foot of each line is catalectic. (drop the last unstressed syllable)
rhymed, rhyme scheme abbcccbaa deefffedd.
 

 

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My example

Never Did I Own a Pig   (Latova)

Never did I own a pig
Never propertied was I.
Still I climbed on mountains high
roamed thru fields that others owned
rode on horses that were loaned,
thinking wealth was just postponed.
Never had I cause to cry.
Can’t deny sometimes a swig
found me waking in the brig.

Sailed with mates who oft were rough.
Courted ladies of the night,
Left most bars before the fight.
Went to school and learned a trade.
Thinking then I had it made
entered marriage unafraid.
Wealth remained just out of sight.
Deemed by wife to be hot stuff,
being loved was good enough.

© Lawrencealot – Septempber 13, 2014

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 Latova

Lady’s Slipper

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 Lady’s Slipper is a verse form that plays with internal rhyme within a very short line. The tiny poem with the close rhyme lends itself to silliness. It was originated by Viola Gardner

The Lady’s Slipper is:
a tristich, a poem in 3 lines.
metered, iambic trimeter lines. uS-uS-uS.
composed with internal rhyme in each line.
designed for the last line to leave the reader thinking, questioning. 

Training Day by Judi Van Gorder

Within the open pen
a filly kicks and tricks
a cowgirl with a curl
 

 

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My example

 I would!

 I would! (Lady’s Slipper)

Although you know Pablo,
suppose he has no clothes,
okay! Just who would say?

© Lawrencealot = September 13, 2014

(Illustration is a Pablo Picasso lithograph.)

Gardenia

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 Gardenia is a verse form that focuses on the amphibrach like the Fialka only in shorter lines. Created by Viola Gardner.

The Gardenia is:
○ a decastich (10 line poem) made up of 5 couplets.
○ metered, amphibraic dimeter (2 amphibrachs)
○ rhymed, aabbccddee.

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My example

Players (Gardenia)

The fellow’s a schemer
his girl-friend’s a screamer.
They’re raising pug puppies
to sell to young yuppies
or dandies with money
who smell not too funny.
They also sell gators
and raise red tomaters
Since nothing disgusts them
I doubt you can trust them.

© Lawrencealot – September 12, 2014

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Frieze

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 Frieze is a verse form that appears to be an exercise in feminine rhyme. Attributed to Olivia Freeman.

The Frieze is:
○ a poem in 9 lines.
○ metered, iambic trimeter.
○ composed with L2, L4, and L8 with feminine ending.
○ rhymed, rhyme scheme abcbacabc.

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My example

Snowy Evening Stop  (Frieze)

I waited with my horse –
enjoyed the snowflakes falling;
he gave his bells a shake –
he wondered why the stalling.
The silent night’s sheer force
held every nerve awake,
and spirit too, of course.
Yet warmth of home was calling,
perhaps with chocolate cake.

© Lawrencealot – September 12, 2014

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Frieze

Fialka

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 Fialka is a strophic form with little restriction other than meter. The form was created by Viola Garner  20th century poet and educator. Fialka is Viola in Bohemian. 

The Fialka is:
○ strophic, may be written in any number of lines.
○ metric, written in amphibrach (short/long/short) trimeter.
○ unrhymed.

Open Blinds by Judi Van Gorder

We wake with the warmth of the sunshine
that falls without hesitant sureness
across our disheveled covers
and greets our awakening gently.

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My example

 

Illuminating

Illuminating (Fialka)

When lightning’s descending with jagged
indifference, hurrying slowly,
with speed that’s astounding, can mankind’s
own reason then doubt what we’re part of?

© Lawrencealot – September 9, 2014

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Dionol

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 Dionol created by Dion O’Donnell is another exercise in meter. This form employs a rentrament which is the repetition of a phrase from one line as a line elsewhere in the poem. 

The Dionol is:
an octave with a rentrament as an added line, the last phrase of L2 is repeated as L9.
metered, iambic pentameter with L9 iambic trimeter.
abcddcbab.

xx xx xx xx xa
xx xx rr rr rb
xx xx xx xx xc
xx xx xx xx xd
xx xx xx xx xd
xx xx xx xx xc
xx xx xx xx xb
xx xx xx xx xa
rr rr rb
 

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My example

Repayment (Dionol)

My happiness is not just mine to keep
I borrowed it, and loans must be repaid.
I borrowed it from dogs and cats and trees,
and jokes from friends and smiles from passers-by
and books I’ve read and flowers, creeks, and sky.
I’m never left without, for by degrees
each offering to others that I’ve made
have brought me more and set me more at ease,
and loans must be repaid.

© Lawrencealot – Septembet 8, 2014

 

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 Dionol

Dickson Nocturne

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 Dickson Nocturne seems to be an exercise in meter. It was created by Margaret Ball Dickson who at one time was head of Creative Writing at Valparaiso University, Indiana. 

The Dickson Nocturne is:
○ strophic, a 12 line poem made up of a tercet, a quatrain and a cinquain.
○ L1,L2, L4, L5, L6, L8, L9, L11 are dactylic trimeter, some catalectic (dropping a syllable at the end) and L3,L7,L10,L12 are iambic dimeter. L3, L7 and L12 are a repeated refrain.

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My example

For You are There   (Dickson Nocturne)

Sometimes the nights are inviting
bringing forth lust that’s exciting
for you are there.

Sometimes the days seem made for living,
Other times cold and unforgiving
Struggles seem so inconsequential
for you are there.

Often as my day unravels
Thinking of you in my travels
I know you care
Sometimes I feel our home’s heaven
for you are there.

© Lawrencealot – September 8, 2014

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Note: Rhyme NOT mandated.

Dickson Nocturne