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.


The Dionol created by Dion O’Donnell is another exercise in meter. This form employs a rentrament which is the repetition of a phrase from one line as a line elsewhere in the poem. 

The Dionol is:
an octave with a rentrament as an added line, the last phrase of L2 is repeated as L9.
metered, iambic pentameter with L9 iambic trimeter.
xx xx xx xx xa
xx xx rr rr rb
xx xx xx xx xc
xx xx xx xx xd
xx xx xx xx xd
xx xx xx xx xc
xx xx xx xx xb
xx xx xx xx xa
rr rr rb

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.

My example

Repayment (Dionol)

My happiness is not just mine to keep
I borrowed it, and loans must be repaid.
I borrowed it from dogs and cats and trees,
and jokes from friends and smiles from passers-by
and books I’ve read and flowers, creeks, and sky.
I’m never left without, for by degrees
each offering to others that I’ve made
have brought me more and set me more at ease,
and loans must be repaid.

© Lawrencealot – Septembet 8, 2014

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