The Seguidilla began as a popular dance song of Spain. The verse form was established and branched into variations by the 17th century. It has an alternating long short rhythm.
The Seguidilla is: • stanzaic, written in any number of 2 part septets. (7 lines) • syllabic, 7-5-7-5 : 5-7-5 per line. There is a slight pause between L4 and L5 suggesting L4 should be end-stopped. • rhymed by assonance xaxabxb or xaxabab. x being unrhymed. True rhyme is generally not used. • composed with a volta or change in thought between L4 and L5. • sometimes serves as a conclusion for another verse.
Pase Doble by Judi Van Gorder
The rapid click of slick heels pounding on the boards, play a staccato death knell for life never mourned. The red of his cape, a splash of blood on the floor, the matador’s fate. .
Spanish Poetry Flamenca or Seguidilla Gitana carries a fast staccato rhythm. It is a variation of the Seguidilla.
The Flamenca is: • stanzaic, can be written in any number of quintains. • syllabic, 6-6-5-6-6 syllables per line to imitate the rapid click of the heels of a dancer. • L2 and L5 assonate. (same vowel sounds)
Song of the Matador by Judi Van Gorder
In a dark cantina a twelve string guitar keens a feverish dirge, tones of glory and fame, the matador’s heartbeat.
Pasted from http://www.poetrymagnumopus.com/index.php?showtopic=1024#flamenca My thanks to Judi Van Gorder for years of work on this fine PMO resource.
Sight vs. Sound (Flamenca)
The guitarist speeds up as faster castanets amid a swirl of ruffles and pokadots clicks time with quickened feet.
Sounds compete with color both a fluid flurry, pleasing ear and eye. Staccato, percussive, with smoothness overlaid.
This form was created by Mary Lou Healy, who write on Allpoetry.com as MLou. It was patterned after the Italian song “Canto Della Terra” as expressed by Mary Lou in her own poem Chanson.
So true to the song is the form of her poem that she completed it using a tail, similar to a Bob and Wheel, which gives great freedom to other poets trying this form.
Chanson by Mary Lou Healy
We sing the earth on waves of music lifting spirits to the stars and over oceans drifting… days and nights that through an hourglass sifting turn seasons round and our bright future gifting…
We sing of joy a life of love beginning rooted to earth yet wings of beauty spinning through lucent air where blowing leaves are pinning tomorrow’s hopes and all our dreams of winning…
to the sun the light, the light… the sun, the sun, the sun….
Pasted from http://allpoetry.com/poem/6701067-Chanson-by-Mlou
The Mlou Chanson is A poem of 20 or 21 lines Stanzaic: Two octaves plus a tail of four on five short lines Metered: Alternating iambic dimeter and iambic trimeter for the octave one or two stressed syllabls per line for the tail Rhymed: xaxaxaxa xbxbxbxb for the octave, poet’s discretion for the tail the octave rhymes are feminine.
Let’s Sing! (Mlou Chanson)
We tend to sing a song when we are happy I tend to sing alone because I’m crappy; but none-the-less the tunes I choose are snappy, and frequently I learned them from my pappy.
A flashmob meets intending on performing and often you won’t notice while they’re forming as into malls or avenues they’re swarming but when they start you’ll find your heart is warming.
They’ll bring a grin or smile and sing, sing, sing for just a while.
Duodora is a quatorzain that doesn’t claim to be a sonnet. Written in 2 septets, L1 of the first septet is repeated as L1 of the 2nd septet. The form was created by Dora Tompkins who was an editor of the Nutmegger, a poetry magazine published in Connecticut.The Duodora is:
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