Created by Udit Bhatia, the Cascade form “is all about receptiveness, but in a smooth cascading way like a waterfall”. There is no set meter or rhyme scheme. The defining feature of the form is that the lines of the first stanza are repeated as refrain lines in subsequent stanzas to give a “cascading effect”. S1 L1 is repeated as the last line of S2, S1 L2 is repeated as the last line of S3, and so on until all lines in S1 have been used. The number of stanzas is therefore one more than the number of lines in S1.
Example rhyme scheme for a three stanza Cascade: ABC xxA xxB xxC, (ABCxxAxxBxxC)
Rhyme optional, Meter optional, 6 lines or more, line refrain.
 Example Poem
Write a Cascade
The cascade poem can grow in length and width. It’s flexible.
If three lines in one stanza, then stanzas will add up to four.
That means a cascade can be used for many types of contests.
This is an example , a small sample, meter is ignored.
Allowing able alliteration,  but without end rhyme.
The cascade poem can grow in length and width. It’s flexible.
You shall see in Cascade Two that rhyme was planned for and was used.
This monstrous, frigging thing  clamors for abundant verbiage.
If three lines in one stanza, then stanzas will add up to four.
Since this was didactic write, with no metaphor and image.
The flowing effect of my repeating lines might not appear.
That means a cascade can be used for many types of contests.
(c) Lawrencealot – April 22, 2012
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 This poem by Discoveria of AllPoetry
(A four line Cascade)

Twisted End

The Twisted End form is a creation of Nichole Alexander.

 This is a stanzaic poem consisting of four or five tercet stanzas.
Each stanza has independent monorhyme.
There is no line-length or meter requirement.
The defining requirement of the form is that some part  of each of the first two lines be “twisted” together in forming the third stanza line which MUST INCLUDE INTERNAL RHYME.




Example Poem

Write a Twisted End   (Twisted End)

 You must depend on rhyme as your good friend
with mono and internal rhyme to blend
depend on your internal rhyme to end.

The Twisted End sets forth no metric tone.
but permits choice if poet is so prone.
The Twisted End my friend permits your own.

No poetic device is disallowed.
A verse endowed will rise above the crowd.
Device endowed attempts should make one proud.

Alliterate or write with metaphor
or obfuscate and be a common boor.
Allit with wit makes common a bit more.

 © Lawrencealot – March 13, 2013


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Cortes Nonet

Invented by Josephine Ann Louise Cortes-Love  aka MajesticRose on AllPoetry, March 2012.
It was inspired by the original Nonet.
14 lines (2 stanzas, 7 lines each)
First stanza syllable count as follows:  5/7/9/11/13/15/17
Second stanza syllable count as follows:  17/15/13/11/9/5
The last word of each line is the first word of the next line.  (word form)
The first word of the second stanza can either be the last word of the first stanza OR a new word
The poem can rhyme or have no rhyme at all
Example Poem

Dedicated to Majestic Rose
To write a Cortes
Cortes Nonet , I do mean,
Mean minded MajesticRose means that
that requirement that each line carries on so
so smoothly  with the last word from the prior line  if you,
you ambitious poet, think your muse can run free you may lose.
Lose just one word and you will be hitting delete way too many times.
Due to the already significant demands save trying to rhyme.
Rhyme if you wish.  It is allowed I shall attempt it this time.
Time is on my side for I am half way through this verse.
Verse being used here to mean stanza, what’s worse,
worse than that, I’ll run out of couplets-
couplets needed to rhyme more.
More is out the door.
   (c) Lawrencealot – June 1, 2012

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This form is a Cyclone invented by Sector-Hunter
*A cyclone is a poem that wraps around to form a loop it is made of 10 stanzas where the last 3 say what the first 3 said* (44 lines)
*1. The first three stanzas are in lines of 4 with a syllable count of 4,5,6,7*
*2. The next 4 stanzas are in lines of 5 with a count of 4,5,6,7,8 and lead up to the last three stanzas with a word or the whole line that will flow into the last 3 and cause the poem to loop *
*3. The last 3 stanzas are also in lines of 4 and the same count as the first 3 and they have to say the same thing as the first three stanzas*
There is no meter requirement;  the illustrated poems shows the sample rhyme pattern,
But the author states rhyme optional.
Example Poem

Write a Cyclone
Write a cyclone.
It’s not tough to do.
Count syllables alone.
Just make sure your count is true.
Use couplet rhyme
masculine or not.
No rhyme at any time
Is okay, so take a shot.
Inventor says
no meter required
so without rhyme this lays
pretty barren, uninspired.
Right here we change
from quatrain stanzas
to quintets giving range
for more verbal bonanzas.
Pen something serious or strange.
Since we are free
for practically all
lengths of words can now be
combined somewhere; have a ball!
Use complicated words with glee.
It’s fun to slip
into playful mode.
Like hearing water drip.
Dripping splish, splash the whole load-
let onomatopoeia rip.
I’ve had some fun,
joshed and played around.
End with what has begun
That makes the poem fly I’ve found.
So when I pen this line, I’m done.
Write a cyclone.
It’s not tough to do.
Count syllables alone.
Just make sure your count is true.
Use couplet rhyme
masculine or not.
No rhyme at any time
Is okay, so take a shot.
Inventor says
no meter required
so without rhyme this lays
pretty barren, uninspired.
© Lawrencealot – July 12, 2012

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Dahquain form invented by  D.A. Hemingway, aka, DianeAH on
Iambic Tetrameter Quatrains
axAA bxBB cxCC dxDD, etc.
Minimum of 4 stanzas,
Ends with a separate rhyming couplet. (14 lines or more)
The capital letters indicate that the words are identical.
In the rhyme pattern indicated by axAAbxBBcxCCdxDD, the lines indicated with capitals contain word refrains.
Example Poem
Write a Dahquain
A Dahquain seems a friendly form.
Line two will never have to rhyme,
although I guess it is my norm
to try to monkey with the norm.
I suppose could to try to rhyme
all the unrhymed lines; even try
to challenge up with monorhyme
that is, if you like monorhyme.
Or you could get busy and try
to link as I’ve done here, those lone
lines lightly “Ah ha!”, slap your thigh.
Excited guys will slap their thigh.
Now that trick treds path of my own;
It’s not part of this easy form.
My tricks just wanted to be shown.
I’ll be anxious to see yours shown.
Enjoy the Dahquain, Di’s new form.
A Dahquain seems a friendly form.
© Lawrencealot  –  July 14, 2012
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Ignore name Dahtrain…That was my misunderstanding.



Tuesday, March 05, 2013
9:11 AM
Duotrain is a form invented by Bhaskar Datta of Allpoetry
It is a four stanza poem
It has no metric requirement
but each stanza alternates between 8 and six syllable lines. (8/6/8/6)
Each Stanza is required to begin with the same character of the alphabet.
Rhyme Scheme:  xaxa xbxb xcxc xdxd, (xaxaxbxbxcxcxdxd) (16 lines)
Example Poem
Let’s Write a Duotrain
To write a Duotrain today
use keyboard or a pen.
Find rhyming word to end line two,
and on line four again.
There are but two rhymes in each verse,
how easy can it be?
Eight syllables in line number
one, and again in three.
Take two away (syllables I
mean), leaving six right here.
For on even numbered lines, that
is all that should appear.
Take care that the same letter starts
the stanza every time.
That defines the Duotrain, that
and its specific rhyme.
© Larry Eberhart, aka, Lawrencealot, Oct. 14, 2012
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Entwined Form
This is a form invented by Mary Lou Healy, aka Mlou on
The form consists of three or more trimeter quintets, usually in Iambic where the 3rd line of each stanza rhymes with the first line of the following stanza, until the final stanza which rhymes with the first line of the poem.
Rhyme pattern: abcba cdedc efafe
Example Poem
Growth in Scansion
If I can ever learn
well then I’ll try to teach.
But just today I find
my wants exceed my reach,
and yet for more I yearn.
Old knowledge falls behind,
but learning it was key
for now I understand
those things I could not see-
no syllables defined.
The first two stanzas scan
as iambs every one.
an ananapest is wide.
It looks not right when done
in syllables, here man.
Trimeter’s satisfied.
Shoes don’t swap but feet do.
For syllables dactyls have three
and iambs have but two.
Three feet per line I’ve tried.
A template let’s you see
and can be used intact,
learning feet lets you spurn
just counting, that’s a fact-
a skill eluding me.
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The Emmett style is a fiendish five line form related to the acrostic styles.
Form Type:
Dorothy Hester
Number of Lines:
Rhyme Scheme:
The Emmett has 2 rules:
1.The first line of the Emmett is five WORDS long. Each word of the first line becomes the first word of the following lines. So the second word in line one becomes the first word of line two, the third word becomes the first word of line three, etc.
2. To make things a little more complex the Emmett has a rhyme scheme of abbab.
There are no other restrictions on meter or line length. (Meter optional, line length optional).
I have wondered about this
Have pondered too
Wondered if you were true
About the first kiss
This nerve wracking thing to do
Copyright Dorothy Hester 2012
The Emmett was created by Dorothy Hester in May 2012 and was named after her maternal family name. The first example was posted on The Poetry Forum on the 2nd of May 2012
My Example
Write an Emmett
Only five words are needed.
Five words in line one, I mean.
Words to joke or vent your spleen
are swell; any wit will be heeded.
Needed rhyme, fits in between.
© Lawrencealot – March 5, 2013
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This form was Created by Victoria Sutton aka Passionspromise
It consists of two or more 8 line stanzas, each with the
refrain rhyming scheme of  ababcCab
with ONLY the “c-rhyme” requiring the same sound each stanza.
There is NO metric or line length requirement, EXCEPT that
lines 5 and 6 are shorter than the others.
Example Poem
A Gift to Poets (Gratitude)
A lovely poet gave to me this form.
She said, “Take it. Perhaps you’ll find a way
to specify the path to keep it warm.”
The specs I saw were loose enough to sway
a poet to invent
and follow mind’s intent.
I’ve chosen Iambs, you need not conform.
I’m grateful this form let’s the poet play.
I first thought “Torylet” could be the name,
but “toilet” sounds too close for me so now,
while sitting here, this new idea came.
I’ll name it, “Gratitude” in note of how
the poet may select his bent
and follow mind’s intent.
My next attempt shall be a whole new game
for many variants this will allow.
© Lawrencealot – November 5, 2012
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Insane Cinquain

The Insane Cinquain form was invented on September 3,2012 by Amanda J. Norton aka Dark Butterfly.
Stanza 1  4/6/5/7/8
rhymed  a b c a b
Stanza 2  8/7/5/6/4
Rhymed  d e f d e
There is no meter requirement.
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Example Poem
Write an Insane Cinquain
Insane Cinquain
is what we’re gonna write.
It’s a Butterfly
invention and it’s no strain.
Just count syllables get ’em right.
You need not fret with meter here
there’s just a few words to rhyme.
This is such a kind
form Mark can practice here
for a good time.
© Lawrencealot – September 3, 2012
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