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 Frieze is a verse form that appears to be an exercise in feminine rhyme. Attributed to Olivia Freeman.

The Frieze is:
○ a poem in 9 lines.
○ metered, iambic trimeter.
○ composed with L2, L4, and L8 with feminine ending.
○ rhymed, rhyme scheme abcbacabc.

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My thanks to Judi Van Gorder for years of work on this fine PMO resource.

My example

Snowy Evening Stop  (Frieze)

I waited with my horse –
enjoyed the snowflakes falling;
he gave his bells a shake –
he wondered why the stalling.
The silent night’s sheer force
held every nerve awake,
and spirit too, of course.
Yet warmth of home was calling,
perhaps with chocolate cake.

© Lawrencealot – September 12, 2014

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