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 Latova which I can only assume it was created by the author Viola Berg. This invented verse form appears to be an exercise in trochaic meter.

The Latova is:
a poem in 18 lines made up of 2 9 line stanzas.
metered, trochaic tetrameter, the final foot of each line is catalectic. (drop the last unstressed syllable)
rhymed, rhyme scheme abbcccbaa deefffedd.


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


My example

Never Did I Own a Pig   (Latova)

Never did I own a pig
Never propertied was I.
Still I climbed on mountains high
roamed thru fields that others owned
rode on horses that were loaned,
thinking wealth was just postponed.
Never had I cause to cry.
Can’t deny sometimes a swig
found me waking in the brig.

Sailed with mates who oft were rough.
Courted ladies of the night,
Left most bars before the fight.
Went to school and learned a trade.
Thinking then I had it made
entered marriage unafraid.
Wealth remained just out of sight.
Deemed by wife to be hot stuff,
being loved was good enough.

© Lawrencealot – Septempber 13, 2014

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