Home of Poetry Forms and Specifications

You are certainly welcome to merely browse, or to search for some particular Author’s name, or search for some particular rhyme pattern, or number of lines in a poem, but the most common way to use this resource is to click on the Index tab above and find the name of any established form that I have encountered.

Have fun, and your feedback is valued.

Since I cut my teeth on Allpoetry.com, and many of the new forms of which I have become aware were created by poets who are or previously were members, their poems are high-lighted in the index like this.

3 Responses to Home of Poetry Forms and Specifications

  1. Marc Arnts says:

    New Poetry Form!

    The Punnett – This form is based on the ratios in a Punnett Square. The poem must be about a biological topic, with the first line being a part of or offspring of the last line. The form has nine lines, with a word count of 1/2/1/2/4/2/1/2/1. There is no rhyming structure.


    Trembling, rustling
    Wind blown
    Soaking up the sun
    Building nourishment
    From this


    Playing, learning
    Prairie hunter
    Chasing after wild game
    Agile sprinter
    Tall grass

    (Punnett squares are used in Biology to assess the ratio of possible genotypic outcomes when crossing traits among a species.)

    I was very briefly at Allpoetry, but am mainly associated with writing.com. I invented this form for a contest where we were asked to devise a form based upon our occupation. As a former biology teacher, the Punnett sort of invented itself. The poems themselves should be centered on the page.

  2. I was happy to see some of my styles here listed on your site.

    I hope you always remember to put the Creators name with any style you find on the web…


    Daisy Chain is by a friend of mine… George Ellison

  3. Rachel says:

    Wonderful site. I’m happy to see that you “dekaaz”–the form that I created–here. Thank you! Two corrections, please. Listed as “Dekazz,” the correct spelling is “Dekaaz.” Also there are three essential elements to the form:

    1) 10 syllables
    2) In three lines2/3/5
    3) That you speak aloud to another living being.

    Merely writing 10 syllables 2/3/5 does not a dekaaz make. Dekaaz aren’t true dekaaz unless shared out loud.

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