Frost's Fire and Ice

Frost’s Fire and Ice Pattern:
Robert Frost’s “Fire and Ice” poem has
9 lines
Rhyme Scheme: a-b-a-a-b-c-b-c-b.
Syllable Count for Frost’s poem
is 8-4-8-8-8-7-8-3-4.
The examples follow the rhyme scheme
not syllable count and adds another
stanza. See what combinations you like
the best.

You may see her poems here.

I am grateful for the work Linda Varsell Smith has done on the Rainbow site, but as she admits, the specifications above are incorrect. What follows are the actual specifications for this form, and a visual template based upon the original work.

Frost’s Fire and Ice Specifications:

Stanzaic: One or more 9 line stanzas.
Rhymed: abaabcbca
Metric: Lines 1 and 3 through 7 are Iambic tetrameter
and Lines 2,8, and 9 are iambic dimeter.

Fire and Ice – by Robert Frost

Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I’ve tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.
But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate
To say that for destruction ice
Is also great
And would suffice.

My example

Politics(Form: Frost’s Fire and Ice)

Impatient men do risky things
to get ahead.
Their girls they’ll lend to beds of kings,
ignoring any pain that brings.
Such men will pass new laws un-read.
because their leader says they must
They serve themselves in people’s stead
and earn disgust
betrayal brings.

© Lawrencealot – December 25th, 2014

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Eight-ette: 8 lines.
Syllable Count: 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8
Rhyme Scheme: a-b-a-b-c-d-c-d
Variation of rhyme scheme: a-a-b-b-c-c-d-d.
Display Centered
My Thanks to Linda Varsell Smith for her contributions above.

Specifications restated:
The Eigth-ette is:
A poem of 8 lines
Syllabic: 1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8
Rhymed: ababcdcd or aabbccdd
Displayed centered on the page.

My example

Participants in SantaCon Boston 2010, a gathering of people dressed as Santa going from bar to bar, drink at the Asgard Pub in Cambridge

Stagger Home and Fill the Stockings (Form: Eight-ette)



Please pause

for it’s late

and Santa Clause

has his rounds to make.

It’s time to leave this bar

and head for home for Pete’s sake.

You’ll have to walk. Hope it’s not far.



© Lawrencealot – December 24, 2014



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Fibroquatro: Three stanzas of a Fibonacci and a quatrain rhyming stanza of 4 lines a-b-a-b

Variation # 1: 1st stanza 1-1-2-3-5-8 Fibonacci count.
Second stanza a basic quatrain.
Line 2 and 4 same syllable count with an a-b-a-b rhyming scheme.

Variation #2 :1st stanza 13-8-5-3-2-1-1,
2nd stanza: 16-16-16-16-16 syllable count with rhyme scheme a-b-a-b.
3rd stanza 1-1-2-3-5-8-13 syllables of Fibonacci.

Variation #3: 1st stanza: 1-1-2-3-5-8-13 syllable Fib.
2nd stanza 15-13-15-13. 1st and 3rd and 2nd and 4th same syllable count. Must rhyme a-b-a-b.
3rd stanza inverted Fib–13-8-5-3-2-1-1.

I Will Be Old
1 I
1 will
2 be old
3 when I’m not
5 against injustice
8 and not uplifted by art

1 I
1 will
2 be old
3 when body
5 won’t work, my mind won’t
8 quirk, my spirit becomes murky.

1 I
1 will
2 be old
3 when I feel
5 negativity
8 dragging me down, making me grave.

a I will be old when I can’t create
b or feel discovery’s delight,
a when I can’t anticipate
b the world will be all right.
My Thanks to Linda Varsell Smith for her contributions above.

*Fibonacci sequence 
The sequence of numbers, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, … , 
in which each successive number is equal to the sum of the two preceding numbers.

Related Poetry Forms: Fib Diamond, Fib SeriesFibonacci Spiral, FiboquatroHaven Fire

My Example

I Am Now Old  (Form: Fibquatro)

now old
and I am
against injustice
and still uplifted by art.

now old
my body’s
showing signs of age;
but my spirit’s not lost a step.

be old
but I refuse
to stake a claim while I’m alive.

While days are here to be enjoyed
and people still will talk with me
and I’ve more poems to be deployed
I’ll eat donuts and drink Chablis.

© Lawrencealot – December 24, 2014

Fib Series

Fib Series: stanzas of fibs: 1-1-2-3-5-8

MRI= Miserable Resonating Incident

I did not know what
I was really getting into.

thinking it
to be an open
cat-scan like I had once before.

not at
all prepared
for the length of time, sound
extent of pressured confinement.

went in
the narrow
MRI machine
I was pinched like a bullet.

I could
not breathe or
move. Squeezed and compressed–
such loud noise roared through the chamber.

for help,
“Let me out!”.
Anxiety burst.
The operator kept going.

my legs
and howled
for help in panic–
a trapped claustrophobic victim.

was freed
he said he’d
wanted another
picture and had ignored my pleas.

was not
my pictures might not be
suited for doctor detection.

like Rhett
Butler I
did not give a damn.
No more chances. No tomorrow.

would I go
inside a metal
MRI cocoon-coffin now.

are some
what better
since the traumatic
event– shocked to not repeat it.

as cannon fodder
remains resonant, still trembles.
My Thanks to Linda Varsell Smith for her contributions above.

*Fibonacci sequence 
The sequence of numbers, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, … , 
in which each successive number is equal to the sum of the two preceding numbers.

Related Poetry Forms: Fib Diamond, Fib SeriesFibonacci Spiral, FiboquatroHaven Fire

My example

On the Road (Form: Fib Series)

was young
I hitch-hiked
throughout the western
portions of these United States.

after I
had worked all summer
fighting the region’s forest fires.

a prelude
to my college days,
and just as educational.


© Lawrencealot – December 24, 2014

Fib Diamond

Fib Diamond: Two fibs* joined with 13 syllable line. Bottom reversed fib.
1-1-2-3-5-8-13-8-5-3-2-1-1 syllables.

to be
a poet.
For inspiration
I have my sister and father
paternal grandmother and Swedish great, great, uncle.
After long and deep reflection,
with all due respect
I must say
I am
Bob Varsell
My Thanks to Linda Varsell Smith for her contributions above.

*Fibonacci sequence 
The sequence of numbers, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, … , 
in which each successive number is equal to the sum of the two preceding numbers.

Related Poetry Forms: Fib Diamond, Fib Series, Fibonacci Spiral, Fiboquattro, Haven Fire

My example

Fib Diamond Didactic

A Fib
one must simply count.
a Fibonacci sequence up
and then back down, with thirteen syllables the longest
Fibonacci number used, but
never repeated.
Doing that,

© Lawrencealot – December 24, 2014


The Fatras, fatrasie, fratrasie, resverie, could be described as the ravings of a happy lunatic. The verse is joyously irrational with no clear direction and yet it has a unique defined structure. Originating in Europe in the Middle Ages it is upbeat, “full of wordplay, ridiculous associations, and intentional nonsense.” NPEOPP.

The Fatras is:
• a poem in 11 lines.
• composed in a way that the 1st and last lines form a distich, a poem in 2 lines, that holds the entire theme of the larger poem. This is known as the fatras simple.
• unmetered.
• unrhymed.
• written with clever wordplay and disconnected nonsense which set the tone.
• The fatras possible allows for some coherent text, the fatras impossible make no sense at all.
• a fatras double when 2 eleven line stanzas are formed, with the lines of the distich reversed in the 2nd stanza. The last line is a restatement of L1 of the poem

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My thanks to Judi Van Gorder for years of work on this fine PMO resource.

My example

Nothing’s in Something’s Way (Form: Fatras – simple)

If nothing takes up all the space then where will
something go? There’s nothing here, there’s nothing there,
So where’d I put my underwear? My closet’s full
of nothing, as is my chest-of-drawers. I want
a twirling thing-a-ma-whack that hoots and runs
around a track, my underwear I’d also
like. Grandpa’s teeth now share a glass with water
from the sink so he can drink while he can’t chew,
and still i have no clue about where I might
find that underwear of mine. I wonder how
things can be found when nothing’s already there.

© Lawrencealot -December 17, 2014

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This is a form invented by Susan Budig for a challenge to the readers of  The Poetic Asides Blog to create a new form. 
The Anapeat is based on anaphora, defined by as ” Rhetoric . repetition of a word or words at the beginning of two or more successive verses, clauses, or sentences. “
The Anapeat repeats a phrase in several places within the poem. 
The poem consists of five stanzas of five lines each. 
 The repeated phrase/line is the first line of the first stanza, the second line of the second stanzas, etc.  

All or part of the phrase is also the title of the poem.

There is no line length, meter, or rhyme requirements, however rhyme and meter may be used if the poet chooses to do so.

I am awaiting a response from Susan Budig for any clarification or additions.

My example

Earn Your Way (Form: Anapeat)

You have the right to earn your way
and not be fed from public plate.
You have no right to come and stay
with others carrying your weight.
None can sustain a free buffet.

I want to make this one thing straight,
You have the right to earn your way.
Comply, and try, assimilate;
don’t march, demand, then stand and bray
in Phoenix, DC, or South Gate.

We’ll help the helpless everyday,
that’s why I think this country’s great.
You have the right to earn your way,
for that we have an open gate.
We’re simply not your country’s prey.

Riff-raff we don’t appreciate,
who come and take and still berate,
then take much more with their birth-rate.
You have the right to earn your way.
Dependence leads toward a slave state.

Because he see a vote “souffle”
our President will not abate
the flow that’s growing everyday.
Make certain you’ve become aufait.
You have the right to earn your way.

© Lawrencealot – December 22, 2014

Note: Although I have not specified the rhyme scheme for this poem,
The final stanza might be: ababa using sight rhyme for the final couplet, or abaaa using true rhyme.

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(Note: this template is for iambic tetrameter, but no specific meter is required. Some of the rhyme schemes show where for poems written in iambi pentameter or other accentual frames.)

The only REQUIRED rhyming lines are the refrains.

These different rhyme schemes, (and others) came from entrants to one contest two years ago.

Copla Real

Copla Real, popular in 15th century Spain, is a decastich which is made up of 2 Quintillas.

The Copla Real is:
○ a decastich (10 line poem) made up of 2 Quintillas (Spanish 8 syllable line quintains turned on only 2 rhymes of any combination other than never ending with a rhymed couplet.)
○ syllabic, all lines are 8 syllables.
○ rhymed, the rhyme scheme established in the first quintain is repeated in the 2nd quintilla. Possible rhyme schemes ababa, abbab, abaab, aabab, or aabba. The one no-no is it should never end in a rhyming couplet.

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My thanks to Judi Van Gorder for years of work on this fine PMO resource.

My example

To Pee or Not to Pee (Form: Copla Real)

I put my first foot on the floor
then know I want to sleep some more.
It’s early yet; there’s snow outside
Get up? Stay here? It’s either/or.
My need to pee might soon subside.

The trip to pee I do abhor;
to go and pee’s no little chore.
You think I’m silly? Don’t be snide.
I’d have to open our backdoor.
Your own bathroom must be inside.

© Lawrencealot – December 22, 2014

Visual template
This template is for iambic tetrameter.

Copla Real

Daisy Chain

Daisy Chain: The last word in the line becomes the first word of the next line. To end the poem, the last word is the same as the first word.


Holidays should not be the only special days,
days for family gatherings and for a party.
Party a little every day for the joy of living.
Living harmoniously in the now mode bodes well.
Well of happiness needs to be dipped into often.
Often we don’t celebrate the ordinary sacredness of life.
Life should be filled with grateful holidays.

The Contemplative Crone

When I think about my days,
days filled with reality and fantasies,
fantasies create a new reality to ponder.
Ponder the meaning to give to my life.
Life is too short to squander.
Squander good thoughts and be generous.
Generous people share their passions.
Passions excite us to enjoy living.
Living with joy and hope makes us happy–
happy because we are engaged with others–
others discovered who knows when.
My Thanks to Linda Varsell Smith for her contributions above.

Like the Wreath which allows more freedom in choosing the linking words, this form requires no meter, rhyme or mandated line or stanza length.

My example

Tougher, Yet Less Stringent Form (Form: Daisy Chain)

Placement is most exact for this form.
Form is more cerebral for the Wreath.
Here last and first words provide the link.
Link in the Wreath may be only near,
near, in meaning or line placement.

© Lawrencealot – December 22, 2014

Bema’s Best

Bema’s Best: Created by By Davison Herrera.
Three quatrains and a couplet based on WORD count.
Word Count: 3-5-3-5 3-3-5-5 5-3-5-3 Couplet: 3-5 or 5-3.
No restrictions on topic.

I can find no reference to this form today (12/22/2014) on Google or Bing, other than the following link:

I am including it here merely for completeness, but see no challenge in trying to write one myself.