Mad Calf

Mad Calf
Type: Structure, Metrical Requirement, Rhyme Scheme Requirement, Other Requirement, Isosyllabic
Description: This is the four stanza version of the Mad Cow. It is an allegorical pastoral written in six-syllable lines with the rhyme scheme: abcde fghij klmno eieio. It tends to be a bit lighter than the Mad Cow.

Attributed to: Sebastian “Duke” Delorange
Rhyme scheme: abcde fghij klmno eieio.
All lines six syllables.
Rhythm/Stanza Length: 5
Line/Poem Length: 20

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My thanks to Charles L. Weatherford for his years of work on the wonderful Poetrybase resource.

My example

Breakfast Time (Mad Calf)

Baa! said the sheep aloud
but talking to himself.
Chirp, said the chick to the
rooster proudly strutting.
The tiny mouse said, squeak.

Meow, said the hungry
cat, and the mouse shut-up.
Bah! said the brawny bull
where are the cows today?
Whoo? the old owl replied.

Cluck, said the mother hen
to the proud rooster’s back.
Little oinks from piglets
and big ones from their dad –
odds tones that seemed to rhyme.

Later on they’d be meek,
avoid folks, go their way,
but now they’re primed to speak
and the noise seems okay
because it’s breakfast time.

© Lawrencealot – December 16, 2014

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Mad Calf

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