Oddquain is a short, usually unrhymed poem consisting of seventeen syllables distributed 1/3/5/7/1
in 5 lines, developed by Glenda L. Hand
oddquain sequences – poems made up of oddquain stanzas
crown oddquains – a five stanza oddquain sequence
reverse oddquains – a oddquain with a reverse syllable pattern of 1/7/5/3/1
mirror oddquains – a two stanza oddquain sequence of the pattern 1/3/5/7/1 1/7/5/3/1
oddquain butterflies – a “merged mirror oddquain” where the two stanzas of a mirror oddquain are merged together, one of the middle 1 syllable lines is dropped, resulting in one nine line stanza of the form 1/3/5/7/1/7/5/3/1.
Please note that a oddquain butterfly is not a “oddquain” because it doesn’t have five lines, but it is “butterfly” made up of two oddquains that were merged together into one poem.
Thanks to Shadow Poetry for the above.
I have selected only the Mirror Oddquain here, to represent the oddquain series, simply to introduce a cousin into the Cinquain family tree.
Related forms: Baxter’s Hexastitch
, Butterfly Cinquain
, Crapsey Cinquain
, Cinquain Chain
, Cinquain Swirl
, Didactic Cinquain
, Mirror Cinquain
, Oddquain Butterfly
, Standard Cinquain
, The Balance
My example poem.
This is Odd
the numbers are not
even, though that’s not even
Even even numbers can
at times strike me odd
I swear to
© Lawrencealot – February 21, 2014