Lyra Chord

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 Lyra Chord is an invented verse form created by L. Ensley Hutton.

The Lyra Chord is:
an octastich.
metered, L1,L2,L3,L5,L7 & L8 iambic pentameter, L4 & L6 iambic dimeter.
rhymed, rhyme scheme abbcacdd. L1 & L5 also have internal rhyme.


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

My example

The Ombudsman (Lyra Chord) with (Bob and Wheel)

The Ombudsman

As there he sat in ochre velvet hat
with mandatory shadow of a grin,
a trace, an echo where frequent smiles had been,
perhaps now cold.
He had to chat, his judgment called for that.
He’s frail and old,
His thoughts meandering, illusive too,
but incandescent when they’re brought to view.

The government
denied the hopes of folks behind the rope;
outside the window, drizzle hasn’t died.
Their man in burgundy’s no dope; he’ll cope.
The clotted crowd give plaudits – satisfied.

© Lawrencealot – September 16, 2014

Visual template
Note: only the top eight lines represent the Lyra Chord.
In multi-processing mode, I used this form to enter a
contest, where word-bank words (show in red) were all
required, thus I had to extend the piece, and I used the
Bob and Wheel form to do so.

Lyra Chord

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