Bengali Poetry is from the Bengali Region, Eastern India and dates back to the 10th century . Its origins were in mystic poetry but later became known for its epics.

The Payār is the most common form from the Bengali Region.

The elements of the Payar are:

  1. stanzaic, written in any number of couplets.
  2. rhymed. aa bb cc etc.
  3. syllabic, 14 syllables lines which are normally broken into 4 units.4 4 * 4 2
    4 4 * 4 2
    xxxx, xxxx, xxxx, xa
    xxxx, xxxx, xxxx, xa

    Temptation by Judi Van Gorder

    Words in color, writ in anger, meant to provoke, to prod,
    rude distraction, wrong direction, lead me away from God.
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My thanks to Judi Van Gorder for years of work on this fine PMO resource.

My Example

Non Pro Se (Form: Payar)

A pacifist may turn his cheek, ignoring simple threats,
but can’t forsake community to which all men owe debts.
Extend your hand, with open palm to other men — of peace,
but gird your loins, unsheath your sword, to make evil surcease.

© Lawrencealot – January 5, 2015

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