Pathways for the Poet by Viola Berg (1977) appears to be a book for educators. Classic poetic forms as well as many invented forms that can be used as teaching tools or exercises 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 syllabic invented forms found therein 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. I have included the metric invented forms on a separate page. Whether classroom exercise or sharpening your skill as a writer, some of these forms can be fun to play with.
• Baccresiezé is an invented form, apparently created as an exercise in repetition. This verse form has two and a half different refrains. It is attributed to E. Ernest Murell.

The Baccresiezé is:
○ stanzaic, written in 3 quatrains.
○ syllabic, L1,L2,L3 are 8 syllables and L4 is 4 syllables.
○ refrained, L4 of each quatrain is a refrain and L1 of the first quatrain is repeated as L3 in the 2nd quatrain. The last 4 syllables of L1 are repeated as the last 4 syllables of L2 in the first quatrain only.
○ rhymed, with a complicated rhyme scheme AaxB bxAB xxxB x being unrhymed.

The Will by by Judi Van Gorder

—————I read of love, undying love,
what does that mean, undying love?
A rose withers, a blossom falls,
————— what lives will die.
Love is a will, a rush, a sigh,
a touch, a cry, a hope, a rock.
I read of love, undying love,
————— what lives will die.
Blush of new love we know must fade
replaced in time with trust and grace.
In rest, I will my love remain.
————– What lives will die.

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My thanks to Judi Van Gorder for her wonderful PMO resource.

Syllabic: 8/8/8/4
Stanzaic: Three Quatrains
CorrectedRhyme Pattern: AA1xB bxAB xxxB x being unrhymed

My example

And Yet We Lived

And Yet We Lived (Baccresiezé)

We walked across the hot asphalt
bare feet imprint the hot asphalt
embedding footprints in the road
—————–when we were boys.

Strange things we found became our toys
and after wading in canals
We walked across the hot asphalt
——————when we were boys.

We drank from hoses, slept outside,
and rode for miles two on one bike.
We never owned a helmet once
—————when we were boys.

© Lawrencealot – March 5, 2014

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