pantoum

The pantoum consists of a series of quatrains rhyming ABAin which the second and fourth lines of a quatrain recur as the first and third lines in the succeeding quatrain;
each quatrain introduces a new second rhyme as BCBC, CDCD .
The first line of the series recurs as the last line of the closing quatrain,
and third line of the poem recurs as the second line of the closing quatrain, rhyming ZAZA.
The design is simple:
Line 1
Line 2
Line 3
Line 4
Line 5 (repeat of line 2)
Line 6
Line 7 (repeat of line 4)
Line 8
Continue with as many stanzas as you wish, but the ending
stanza then repeats the second and fourth lines of the
previous stanza (as its first and third lines), and also
repeats the third line of the first stanza, as its second
line, and the first line of the first stanza as its fourth.
So the first line of the poem is also the last.
Last stanza:
Line 2 of previous stanza
Line 3 of first stanza
Line 4 of previous stanza
Line 1 of first stanza
NOTE: I found to meter specified for this form but on Shadow Poetry found examples from Iambic Trimeter to Pentameter
Example PoemThen She Married Me
I met her online, whatcha think of that?
In writing workshop I critiqued her work.
Then we played sensual games by chat.
Cutting out by need… the hotel desk clerk.
In writing workshop I critiqued her work.
Her stories aroused a man unfulfilled.
Cutting out by need… the hotel desk clerk.
Our minds connected; our Eros was thrilled.
Her stories aroused a man unfulfilled.
We climbed with words into each other’s head.
Our minds connected; our Eros was thrilled.
This late-night texting led me to her bed.
We climbed with words into each other’s head.
Then we played sensual games by chat.
This late-night texting led me to her bed.
I met her online, whatcha think of that?
(c) Lawrencealot April 2012
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Arkquain String

A poem of 36 lines invented by Madison Shaw, aka Arkbear on Allpoetry.
1-2-3-4
5-7-7-5
4-3-2-1
break
1-2-3-4
5-7-7-5
4-3-2-1
break
1-2-3-4
5-7-7-5
4-3-2-1
Most important..>>>…….Every ( 7 ) Syllable Line,
MUST Rhyme with each other, within their own Arkquain ~
Rhyme pattern: xxxxxaaxxxxx
Syllabic 1/2/3/4/5/7/7/5/4/3/2/1
It must be centered.
Essentially THREE arkquains STRUNG together.
Example Poem
Kiss
#
My
tongue probes
parted lips
seeking your own.
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
Hesitant to leave
your lips, tongue tests lips texture,
explores their architecture.
Lingers lanquishly.
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
Then, insisting,
drives to touch
your own
tongue.
Tip
under
tip, over,
then whole tongue squeezed.
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
Your mouth consuming
my probing, demanding tongue;
projecting promises sung
to lower body.
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
My lips seek you
inside of
my mouth
too.
You
know that
this tongue tastes
tempting texture.
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
Warm smooth undulate
deems greedy mouth but proxy
for the vessel this foxy
lady promises.
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
Respiration,
pulse increase,
during
kiss.
#
© Lawrencealot – May 26, 2012

Balassi Stanza

This is a Balassi Stanza.  There are no limits on number  of stanzas. (9 line multiples).
The Rhyme Scheme is: bbaccadda
Syllable count is: 6/6/7/6/6/7/6/6/7
The Balassi Stanza is attributed to Bálint Balassi (1554-1594) who is probably Hungary’s best known Renaissance poet. His work included poetry about his battles with the Turks and his love poems to a woman he called Julia. His poetry was known for the richness of its forms and was a blend of Turkish, Polish and Hungarian folk poetry.
It is believed that this stanza form was used by the Hungarian poet Balint Balassi, who rationalised it from a three line form consisting of 19 syllables per line, and broke it up by the use of internal rhymes.
This evolved into a rhyme scheme as follows
x. x. x. x. x. a.
x. x. x. x. x. a.
x. x. x. x. x. x. d
x. x. x. x. x. b
x. x. x. x. x. b
x. x. x. x. x. x. d
x. x. x. x. x. c
x. x. x. x. x. c
x. x. x. x. x. x. d
May be presented as three-line stanzas.
Fun to Watch   (Balassi Stanza)
Tournament basketball
is winter’s gift from fall.
I went just to watch the best.
A lady sat in front;
her stature made me want
to miss plays and watch her chest.
Her skin was silky smooth
as any point guard’s move,
which I missed, it’s now confessed.
  © Lawrencealot – January 11, 2013
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Cyhydedd hir

Cyhydedd Hir, cuh-hée-dedd heer (long cyhydedd), the 18th codified ancient Welsh Meters an Awdl, is most often written as a couplet following other metered couplets within a stanza.

Cyhydedd Hir is:
• written in any number of single lines made up of 19 syllables divided into 3 rhymed 5 syllable phrases and ending in a 4 syllable phrase carrying a linking rhyme to the next line.
• or could be written as a couplet of a 10 syllable line and a 9 syllable line. The 5th and 10th syllables of the 10 syllable line are echoed in rhyme mid line of the 9 syllable line which also carries a linking end-rhyme to be echoed in the end syllable of each succeeding couplet or stanza.
• or the couplet can be separated at the rhyme, into tercet or quatrain.

single line
x x x x a x x x x a x x x x a x x x b

or as a couplet

x x x x a x x x x a
x x x x a x x x b

or quatrains
x x x x a
x x x x a
x x x x a
x x x b

x x x x c
x x x x c
x x x x c
x x x b

or tercets
x x x x a
x x x x a
x x x x a x x x b

x x x x c
x x x x c
x x x x c x x x b

x x x x D
x x x x D
x x x x D x x x B

Thanks to Judy Van Gorder for her effort on this wonderful resouce.
 


Example Poem

Lovers in the Park

Lovers in the park
Share a certain spark,
life is but a lark.
They share desire.
Soft whispers calling,
on grass they’re sprawling,
each other mauling,
Eros on fire.

Wanting without shame,
desire sparks the flame,
part of all love’s game,
this is true lust.
In his eyes a gleam,
her pulse one hot stream.
for each– what a dream,
this sensual trust.

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This is the quatrain option shown:
Cyhydedd hir

Haiku

HAIKU is both singular and plural.
A Japanese form designed to be small and concise by limiting the number of lines and the number of syllables in a line. Japanese haiku are three-line poems with the first and the third line having five syllables and the middle having seven syllables. English-language Haiku may be shorter than seventeen syllables, though some poets prefer to keep to the 5-7-5 format.
A true is much more than a poem is 5-7-5 format.
• Use concise, simple and clear language
• Write in two sections, using a fragment and a phrase
• Use sense images, in particular what you see or hear
• Write in the present tense
• Compare or contrast two different images as juxtapositions
• Try to include a seasonal reference
• Write in 17 syllables or less, preferably between 8-12
• Use minimal (if any) punctuation
• Try to make your haiku open-ended and evocative
• Try not make judgments or express your opinions
• Limit your use of adjectives and try not to use adverbs
• Do not use rhyme, simile, metaphor or personification
• There is no need for capital letters, except for proper nouns

And there are many Haiku knock-offs:

Example Poems
voluptuous wife approaches –
low-cut gown
perfume excites
dog on lap
puppy barks –
two dogs on lap

(c) Lawrencealot –

Ripple

This is a form created by Larry Eberhart,  aka Lawrencealot on Allpoetry.
It is similar to the Monometric form but with the additional constraint of
line-length in feet being required to match the stanza line count.
The form may be written in three modes:
First as an Augmented Ripple, were the first stanza is two lines, with each additional stanza adding one line.
Next, as a Dimishished Ripple where the first stanza contains the maximum number of lines, with each following stanza having one less, until the two line stanza concludes.
Finally the Reversing Rippled which  can begin as either of the above, and then upon reaching its normal conclusion point reverse the process until it concludes with a stanza the length of the beginning stanza.  The turning stanza is not repeated.
All stanzas are mono-rhyme, or all are blank verse.
Example Poem
[Is Coco Nuts?]    (Ripple-Reversing)
Is Coco nuts
or just a klutz?
She’s always out of breath.
All things are life or death.
I think she’s hooked on meth.
She writes graffiti on the wall
and runs half-naked through the hall
but she’s so nice to one and all
so every night a boy will call.
Each guy gets just one turn
no matter how they yearn.
Her own desire’s to learn.
I would replay
my single day.
© Lawrencealot – February 16, 2013
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Villanelle

Villanelles are required to have an intricate rhyme scheme and two lines that are refrains – like refrains in songs, they get repeated over and over.
The rhyme scheme is AbA’abAabA’abAabA’abAA’, so there are only two rhymes that end all the lines.
In addition, the first line and third line, the refrains, are repeated four times each –
the first line appears at the end of stanzas 2 and 4 and as the second-to-last line in stanza 6.
The poem’s third line appears again at the end of stanzas 3, 5, and 6.
So if we call the first line A and the third line A’, and any line that rhymes with them a,
then the rhyme scheme is: AbA’ abA abA’ abA abA’ abAA’
Example Poem:
Sensuality’s Source
Arousal flows from love’s thought and intent.
Thus age is harmless to this wife of mine.
A tease fulfilled, assures a mates ascent.
Desire for one another will invent
Innumerable paths leading to cloud nine.
Arousal flows from love’s thought and intent.
Performance, age related, has been bent
by years;  her voice and touch revokes decline.
A tease fulfilled,  assures a mates ascent.
A failure now and then she’ll not  resent
If he in other ways her wants enshrine.
Arousal flows from love’s thought and intent.
Endearments overshadow the event
and fill two hearts most willing to entwine.
A tease fulfilled, assures a mates ascent.
Today’s youth may not know how much is meant
by such commitment.  Love makes all things fine.
Arousal flows from love’s thought and intent.
A tease fulfilled, assures a mates ascent.
© Lawrencealot – March, 2012
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