• The Cinquetun (spelled Cinquetin in The Study and Writing of Poetry by Wauneta Hackleman) appears to be an invented verse form that is a longer version of the Crapsey Cinquain. It kind of defeats the purpose of the compactness of the original form, but then allows for broader images and an even meter. This verse form was created by E. Ernest Murrell.The Cinquetun is:
    • a hexastich, a poem in 6 lines.
    • syllabic, lines of  8/6/10/6/8/2 syllables each.
    • rhymed, rhyme scheme axbaxb, x being unrhymed.
My Thanks to Judi Van Gorder for the wonderful resource at PMO
My Example Poem
Why This?     (Cinquetin)
For those who wish to hide their rime
the cinquetin should do.
All twice-removed they share not a line-length.
Asymmetry’s no crime
but humans don’t consider it
a strength.
© Lawrencealot – March 13, 2013
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Structure, Metrical Requirement, Stanzaic
A poem of five cinquains.
And repeat four more times.
Rhythm/Stanza Length:
Line/Poem Length:
See Also:
My thanks to Charles L. Weatherford for the above.
My example poem
Within the Bounds?      (Cinq-Cinquain)
of repeating
some rhymes in every verse
I know I can but should I now
Pray tell?
doubts here would make it worse,
I’ll proceed- rhyming anyhow.
Oh hell.
while I’m beating
time, now seems so perverse,
although the rules don’t disallow
Oh well.
from a fleeting
desire to intersperse
some lyricism here and now
to quell
doubts competing
that I’m cheating where terse
is sought and I use rhyme somehow
as well.
© Lawrencealot – February 16, 2014
I think this poems proves you ought not so something
Just because you can.


The Rondine is a little seen shortened version of the Rondeau dating back to at least the 16th century. 
The elements of the Rondine are:
1. a poem in 12 lines made up of a quatrain, a tercet and ending in a quintet.
2. syllabic 8 syllables per line accept L7 and L12 which are 4 syllables each.
3. In English metered, most often iambic tetrameter except the refrain which is iambic dimeter.
4. composed with a refrain repeated from the opening phrase of the poem, rentrement.
5. rhymed, using only 2 rhymes except for the refrain being unrhymed, rhyme scheme abba,abR, abbaR
(R being the refrain)

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My thanks to Judi Van Gorder for the fine resource above.

NOTE: The rhyme may be sight rhyme, slant rhyme, or assonance.
ALSO NOTE: This form is found frequently WITH MORE than EIGHT syllables, as in the example given on the page quoted below.

This is another very neglected and a very challenging poetry form. It consists of two stanzas, a septet (7 lines), and a quintet (5 lines), making the poem a total of 12 lines. There is a refrain which mimics the first phrase of the first line. R.

The Rondine has a rhyme scheme of,

(R a). b. b. a. a. b. R….a. b. b. a. R.

The meter is open with the French style and not bound by a rhyming pattern and is a more light and buoyant even “flashy” form of poetry which uses short lines, whereas the English is more formal and uses Tetrameter or Pentameter.

Here is an example by Wesli Court.

The Poets Garret

My Example

Write a Rondine

Here’s my Rondine, my very first.
With practice I’ll get better yet.
There is not much I should forget.
The rhymes are decently dispersed.
Find five alike, then dive headfirst.
Now have I, your interest whet?
Here’s my Rondine.

Choose words so refrain’s not coerced.
It ties the poem don’t forget,
from start to end refrain’s abet
a singularity well versed.
Here’s my Rondine.  

© Lawrencealot – April 2012


The Rondelet (or roundelay) is a brief French form of poetry. It consists of one stanza, made up of seven lines. It contains a refrain, a strict rhyme scheme and a distinct meter pattern.
The word is the diminutive of rondel, a similar, longer verse form. This is the basic structure:
Line 1 :: A—four syllables
Line 2 :: b—eight syllables
Line 3 :: A—repeat of line one
Line 4 :: a—eight syllables
Line 5 :: b—eight syllables
Line 6 :: b—eight syllables
Line 7 :: A—repeat of line one
The refrained lines should contain the same words, however substitution or different use of punctuation on the lines has been common.
AUTHOR’S NOTE:  I Take exception to Wikipeia’s inclusion of “Roundelay” as a synonym.
It is a completely different form to be documented in this blog.  Since I took exception, I made a change to the Wikipedia Entry.
The Rondelet is a French form consisting of a single septet with two rhymes and one refrain: AbAabbA. The capital letters are the refrains, or repeats. The refrain is written in tetra-syllabic or dimeter and the other lines are twice as long – octasyllabic or tetrameter.
Note the Shadowpoetry allows line-length variance.
The Rondelet  is a brief French form of poetry. It consists of one stanza, made up of seven lines. It contains a refrain, a strict rhyme scheme and a distinct meter pattern.
The word is the diminutive of rondel, a similar, longer verse form. This is the basic structure:
Syllabic    4/8/4/8/8/8/4
Rhymed  AbAabbA
Where A is the refrain
The refrained lines should contain the same words, however substitution or different use of punctuation on the lines has been common.

Related forms: Dryden’s Roundelay, RondeletRoundelayTermelay

Example PoemWrite a RondeletA Rondelet.
Four lines tetrameter should be.
A Rondelet.
Dimeter for the other three.
Trochees or iambs; up to thee.
This simple template sets you free.
A Rondelet.

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Invented by Renee Mathews Jackson aka Poetryality of Allpoetry
A “®RenRhyme”© 2006 rmj (Original Form)
Written in 8 or 10 syllable lines, consistently. Meaning do not mix eight with ten but write with either eight or ten syllable lines.
It consists of three, four-line (Quatrain) stanzas (12 lines)
Lines 1-4 in the opening stanza are the refrain lines
Line 1 is repeated as line 2 in the second stanza
Line 2 is repeated as line 2 in the third stanza
Line 3 is repeated as line 4 in the second stanza
Line 4 is repeated as line 4 in the third stanz
®RenRhyme (Rhyme Scheme):
There is no meter requirement.
Example Poem
Write a Ren Rhyme
Poetryality built a new form.
A third of the poem’s in stanza one.
You can use it to please, or to inform.
Just write that third and you’ll be two-thirds done.
That eventuates because of refrain.
Poetryality built a new form.
You see, one stanza is used twice again.
You can use it to please or to inform.
Choose eight or ten syllables for line length.
A third of the poem’s in stanza one.
Required repetition gives the verse strength.
Just write that third and you’ll be two-thirds done.
© Lawrencealot – September 3, 2012
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“Puente” means bridge in Spanish. This form was invented by James Rasmusson.
Constructed in 3 stanzas, the 1st and 3rd are separate thoughts but share an equal number of lines and the center, bridge stanza. The middle stanza is one line and is enclosed in tildes (~) to distinguish itself as both the last line of the first stanza and the first line of the last stanza.
The meter and rhyming are at the poet’s discretion, free verse being perfectly acceptable. The title is has no guidelines; it need not match the bridge stanza like the example below.
Example Poem 
Opportunity Knocks 
A new form came upon the scene
and sep’rate topics are required
with bridging line in between
as linked by poet, so inspired. 
~ it’s both a test and opportunity~ 
Another contest has appeared
it features something yet untried
but that is nothing to be feared;
try it, you’ll be satisfied.
© Lawrencealot – May 31, 2013 


The lune is also known as the American Haiku. It was first created by the poet Robert Kelly (truly a great poet) and was a result of Kelly’s frustration with English haiku. After much experimentation, he settled on a 13-syllable, self-contained poem that has 5 syllables in the first line, 3 syllables in the second line and 5 syllable in the final line. 
There is a variant lune created by poet Jack Collom. His form is also a self-contained tercet, but his poem is word-based (not syllable-based) and has the structure of 3 words in the first line, 5 words in the second line and 3 words in the final line.
As with Kelly’s lune, there are no other rules. 
Thanks to Robert  Lee Brewer
Recap:  Kelly Lune, Syllables: 5/3/5
           Collom Lune,   Words:  3/5/3
          Any topic, meter, rhyme, metaphor allowed.
Whereas Haiku is a Japanese word the the plural is still Haiku,
If you write more than one Lune, they are Lunes.
How to Write a  Collom Lune
Lune authorship permits
words, not syllables be counted
three, five, three.
Rhyming Kelly Lune
Rhyming a a a
all the way
becomes quite okay.
© Lawrencealot


This is an Aquarian
Invented by A. Maris Mazz
Each stanza  has lines of 2/4/6/2 syllables
Any number of stanzas permitted.
Unrhymed.  (multiple of 4 lines)

Example Poem
A Long One Does Too
A short 
has fourteen syllables. 
No more.
(c) Lawrencealot – Oct 10,2012

Arkquain Swirl

It is basically a segmented/augmented Arkquain String.

A syllabic  centered poem of 34 lines.
It was invented by Madison Shaw, aka Arkbear on Allpoetry.
*syllable cnt: 1234~5775~4321234~5775~4321234~5775~4321
*7 syllable lines end rhyme 
Example Poem
Let’s Write an Arkquain Swirl
is the
way we write
an Arkquain swirl.
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
Think ahead and make
the longest lines end in rhyme.
Use equisized words each time.
create shape and form.
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
An Arkquain swirl
is somewhat
like a
That is
in its measure.
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
An Arkquain swirl must
be a pleasing site to see.
if like a girl it must be.
So pick words with care.
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
Or act like you’re
drunk and choose
and you
may find you’l
create a witch.
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
And I can foresee
A time when that will pay off.
Until then, you can lay-off.
chopping up this form.
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
This Arkquain Swirl
might make you
want to
© Lawrencelaot – May 25, 2012 

Butterfly Quintet

This is a Butterfly Quintet created by Amanda Jean Norton
Stanza 1 is Iambic Pentameter rhyming abcbd
Stanza 2 is Iambic Tetrameter rhyming effe
Stanza 3 has 2 lines of Iambic Trimeter, Enveloped by 2 lines of Iambic Pentameter
The rhyming words are the same words in each set EGGE
Stanza 4 is Iambic Tetrameter rhyming hiih
Stanza 5 is Iambic Pentameter rhyming abcbd
Example Poem
Write a Butterfly Quintet
To write a Butterfly Quintet my pet
you place complex content in stanza one.
There’s room internally to romp with rhyme
or sprinkle sparks of alliteration.
The same thing goes, by jive in stanza five.
In middle stanzas do your play.
These step more quickly, I believe;
less time to ponder, think or grieve.
First line next stanza have you say!
Expound your thesis here– it’s quite okay.
Exclaim your point right now.
Make emphasis some how.
The repeated words for that deed are okay.
Now butterfly, just flutter by.
Just play and give the air some shoves–
enjoyed wherever there are loves.
You light their hearts up butterfly.
Here the conclusion you’d most likely set,
with evidence supporting, now begun.
If playful theme there’s still a  lot of time
To zig and zag, and twist the plot for fun.
Your muse can use this form to come alive.
© Lawrencealot  – July 2, 2012
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