This form was invented by D.D.Michaels writing at Allpoetry.com.
- Begin with any octet with any rhyme scheme and meter.
- Break lines 1 and 4 into segments which can be broken in concert with that rhyme scheme.
- Swap Line 1 to Line eight, after reversing those aforementioned sections
- Swap Line 4 to Line seven in the same manner.
Written in iambic pentameter with rhyme scheme: ababcdcd,
where refrain words represent half a line.
Let’s Write a Double Swap Octet
A double swap octet let us now pen.
I built the first with one swap, not too bright.
So I am back right now to try again.
It helps if your instructor gets it right.
Pen line four right after one, prevent yelps
from finding it won’t rhyme the way it’s set.
If your instructor gets it right it helps.
Let us now pen a double swap octet.
By just lines one and four, all rhymes are set.
I’ve set those words in red to ring like chimes.
Now you write wonderfully, without regret.
At the end or at the break, place the rhymes.
Remember line sequence for heaven’s sake.
Then unlike me, you won’t louse up the score.
Place the rhymes at the end, or at the break.
All rhymes are set by just lines one and four.
© Lawrencealot – May 3, 2012