Invented by Jerry P. Quinn, it consists of two 3-line stanzas and a final line. The poem should be centre-aligned to create a pyramid shape. The structure is as follows:
Line 1: 1 syllable, the poem title, displayed in UPPER CASE.
Line 2: 2 syllables, a synonym of the title or a word that clarifies the title
Line 3: 3 syllables, the same content as line 2.
Lines 4-6: 5, 6 and 7 syllables, and “based around a life event contained within [the first three lines] which helps give a poetic view or outlook on the first line”.
Line 7: 8 syllables, enclosed in quotation marks; a quotation that defines the title.
1/2/3/5/6/7/8 (7 lines)
Help create structure
for a planned creation
according to a standard
“Much more useful than this poem.”