Pathways for the Poet by Viola Berg (1977) is a book for and by educators. Classic poetic forms as well as many invented forms which appear to have been invented as teaching tools or exercizes 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 metric invented forms found there in 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. …. Whether classroom exercise or sharpening your skill as a writer, some of these forms can be fun to play with.
• Neville is a verse form with a combination of trimeter and tetrameter lines, created in honor of Mrs. Neville Saylor byJames B. Gray.
The Neville is:
○ a heptastich, a poem in 7 lines.
○ metric, L1, L4, & L7 are iambic tetrameter and L2,L3,L5 & L6 are iambic trimeter.
○ rhymed, rhyme scheme abbacca.
Macy’s Parade Day by Judi Van Gorder
At times like these when nights are long
and cold becomes a skean
that stabs my flesh between
my shoulder blades, the wind is strong.
I bundle for the chill,
wool scarf a codicil,
then venture out to join the throng.
Pasted from http://www.poetrymagnumopus.com/index.php?showtopic=1199#dionol
My thanks to Judi Van Gorder for years of work on this fine PMO resource.
School Lunch Vegetable (Neville)
When catsup’s spilled upon my plate,
I’m not disturbed at all.
A puddle large or small
is merely sitting there as bait.
A tasty morsel swipes
then bread or finger wipes.
I can’t remember what I ate.
© Lawrencealot – September 19, 2014
This is a form invented by Hani_Nasar writing on Allpoetry.com.
Form name : Antonymical Poem
Details : The form antonymical poem is a four line poem and is given after the name antonyms . The first line contains one word which is the antonym of the second line word . The second line contains one word which is the antonym of the 1st line . The third line contains the word of 1st line . And the fourth line contains the word of 2nd line.
For example :
Lock ( an antonym of the 2nd line )
Key ( an antonym of the 1st line )
Lock your past , ( Contains the word of 1st line )
To find a key for your future . ( Contains the word of the 2nd line )
Pasted from http://allpoetry.com/contest/2638611-My-Poetry-Form
Don’t Rush to Dawdle
If you see a duckling dawdle, seemingly caused by his waddle,
don’t rush to match that toddle by quickly drinking from your bottle.
© Lawrencealot – September 14, 2014
○ Alliterative Acrostic Trigee takes the concept of 3 poems in 1 to another level. It was presented as a challenge on a poetry forum. A three in one poem (Trigee), alliterated and the first letter of each line spells a word. Number of lines, meter and rhyme at the discretion of the poet.
Titan by Judi Van Gorde
Tall tasks talk to me . . . . . . . . . .. . . Ten times over I try
in tantamount with the tax . . . . . . . . to temper tradition
tame and trip thought. . . . . . . . . . . . tell a timeless tale
and tender a tome . . . . . . .. . . .. . . . testament of truth
not terse nor tentative but . . . . . . .. . to be tenable to a tempest
Pasted from http://www.poetrymagnumopus.com/index.php?/topic/1196-three-poems-in-one-verse-form/
My thanks to Judi Van Gorder for years of work on this fine PMO resource.
Related forms: Trick Poetry
How to write one:
1. Pick a word which will become the acrostic seed.
The letters of that word will become successively, the first
letters of each line in the poem. (Usually, also the title.)
2. Select a line-length, and if you are so disposed, also a meter.
3. Divide that line into two more or less equal lengths.
4. Choose rhyme pattern if desired
5. Write away.
Done (Alliterative Acrostic Trigee)
Don’t do it darn it Dad. Darn it Dad, you did it.
One darn drink leads to more; Daddy drank Drambuie
Now smooth and strong is sad, good sense should forbid it.
Enjoy it on the floor! Mommy moaned “Oh phooey.”
© Lawrenealot – September 1, 2014
Type: Structure, Metrical Requirement, Rhyme Scheme Requirement, Other Requirement
Description: A seven-couplet poem, the pleiadic’s first stanza is repeated piece-meal in the other six stanzas. Specifically, S2L1s1-4, S3L1s5-8, S4L1s9-10, S5L2s1-4, S6L2s5-8, and S7L2s9-10. There is some slight leeway in interpretation, for instance “-er” might become “her.”
Attributed to:Vera Rich
Rhythm/Stanza Length: 2
Line/Poem Length: 14
Pasted from http://www.poetrybase.info/forms/005/535.shtml
My thanks to Charles L. Weatherford for his years of work on the wonderful Poetrybase resource.
The pleiadic is a verse form devised by Vera Rich, so-called because of its seven stanzas. It looks like this:
My love is quite unlike a red red rose –
No thorns, a sweeter smell, a paler nose.
My love is quite immaculate; the sun
Shines from her every orifice, bar none.
I have been smitten, like a red-nosed clown
By custard pies; in sweetness, I may drown.
Each day I offer her a blood-red rose
Which she declines; each day my ardour grows.
The blooms she spurns would be the pride of Kew –
No thorns, a sweet perfume, a lush deep hue.
I can’t imagine what mistake I’ve made –
Perhaps a subtler smell, a paler shade?
I brandish blossoms everywhere she goes.
I wish I knew why she turns up her nose.
The highlighted parts of stanzas 2 to 7 together make up a repeat of the whole of the first stanza, with each part in turn appearing in the same position in the new stanza as it did in the first. Each line is in iambic pentameter, and the repeats cover respectively 4, 4, 2, 4, 4 and 2 syllables. That’s all there is to it…
Pasted from http://www.volecentral.co.uk/vf/pleiadic.htm
My thanks to Bob Newman for his wonderful resouce at Volecentral.
Not mentioned in either source above is the
Rhyme pattern: aabbccaaddeeaa
My example poem
Guy’s Lies (Pleiadic)
Can you believe I’ve never told a lie?
It’s all because my mem’ry’s bad, that’s why.
Can you believe I’m happy and content
Although each month my money’s mostly spent?
Forgetting lies I’ve never told someone
would be a bitch and probably not fun.
“Does this make me look fat?” Don’t tell a lie?
Tell her “Your hair looks splendid, sweetie-pie.”
Some people fib to be nice; that’s a fact.
It’s all because they’re exercising tact.
And if I get an answer wrong one day,
you know it’s ‘cus my mem’ry’s bad, okay?
I have few friends I’m not a tactful guy.
My wife has left me; could it be that’s why?
© Lawrencealot – August 17, 2014
The Anacreontic Ode is proof that an ode need not be long and lofty. The Greek poet Anacreon often wrote odes in praise of pleasure and drink, a Dithyramb or Skolion. Often the odes were made up of 7 syllable, rhymed couplets known as Anacreontic couplets. Some of Anacreon’s poems were paraphrased by English poet Abraham Cowley in 1656 in which he attempted to emulate Greek meter. The main concern of several 17th century poets was that the poem avoid “piety” by “Christian” poets who would tame the spirit and make the form worthless. Although the Anacreontic Ode has been defined as a series of Anacreontic couplets, Richard Lovelace’s The Grasshopper is thought to be a translation of an Ode by Anacreon, it does fit the subject matter but the translation is written in iambic pentameter quatrains with alternating rhyme.
The Anacreontic couplet is named for the ancient Greek poet Anacreon who tended to write short lyrical poems celebrating love and wine, a genre known as Dithyramb. By 1700 English poet John Phillips defined the form to be written in 7 syllable rhyming couplets.
The Anacreontic couplet is:
○ stanzaic, written in any number of couplets,
○ preferably short. The Anacreontic Ode is often made up of a series of Anacreontic couplets.
○ syllabic, 7 syllables for each line.
○ rhymed. aa bb etc.
○ composed to celebrate the joys of drinking and love making. Some Anacreontic verse tends toward the erotic or bawdy.
Elegy, Obsequy, Threnody Ode
Encomium or Coronation Ode
Epithalamion or Epithalamium and Protholathiumis
Panegyric or Paean
My try at this form:
Elbow Tango (Anacreontic Ode)
Come and share with me a brew,
or better yet more than two.
Drink in smiles before you go
exercising your elbow.
We can sit on stool or bench,
drink and flirt with serving wench
with fine limbs and rounded ass-
her charms grow with every glass.
Likely, we’ll go home alone
but fine memories we’ll own.
© Lawrencealot – August 13, 2013