• Minuette is a verse form with short lines possibly the rhythm of the lines is meant to simulate the rhythm of the musical minuette. Introduced byViola Berg, it is similar to the Sweetbriar.The Minuette is:
    • a poem in 12 lines made up of 2 sixains.
    • syllabic, all lines 4 syllables long. 
    • rhymed, rhyme scheme xxaxxaxxbxxb.
    • composed with L3,L6,L9,L12 indented.
My Thanks to Judi Van Gorder for the wonderful resource at PMO
My Example Poem
Tax Code Charity    (Minuette)
I voted twice, 
in different years 
     for Reagan’s way. 
I voted twice, 
against the guy 
     who now holds sway. 
I give at church 
I give in town 
     I really care 
as much as Bill 
who gave the poor 
     his underwear. 
© Lawrencealot – April 2, 2014
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The Kerf

• The Kerf is a verse form in tercets and is attributed to Marie Adams.
The Kerf is:
○ a poem in 12 lines made up of 4 tercets.
○ syllabic, 6/7/10 per line.
○ rhymed, rhyme scheme abc abc dec dec.
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My Thanks to Judi Van Gorder for the wonderful resource at PMO
My Example Poem
If She Says “What ?” (The Kerf)

You could be wrong, you know,
and perhaps you could be right,
and either way it seldom matters much.
You never need to show
your correctness out of spite.
Conceding may help keep you out of dutch.
If your wife should say “What”,
when your statement’s barely out,
it’s possible, you’re somehow out of touch.
Try this to save your butt!
“That’s Fred’s thinking- I’m in doubt.
I wonder darlin’, what you think of such?”
© Lawrencealot – March 28, 2014
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  • Cromorna is a verse form that has compact lines and exacting meter and rhyme developed by Viola Berg.The Cromorna is:
    • stanzaic, written in 3 quatrains.  
    • syllabic, with  5/3/5/3/5/3/5/3/5/3/5/3 syllables per line.
    • rhymed, rhyme scheme abab cbcb dbdb  ().
My Thanks to Judi Van Gorder for the wonderful resource at PMO
My example Poem
Diverse     (Cromorna)
An electric arc
could have been
the requisite spark
way back when.
And that ignition
led to men
and our condition,
now and then.
If so, I suppose
we must yen
for each one of those
who our ken.
© Lawrencealot – March 18, 2014
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(12 lines)


  • The Bragi is said to be suited for scenic beauty and “the elfin”. Created by Thelma Allinder, it became popular through a 1950’s publication,Scimitar and Song.The Bragi is:
    • stanzaic, written in 2 sixains. (12 lines)
    • syllabic,6/8/10/10/8/6/10/8/6/6/8/10 syllables per line.
    • rhymed, rhyme scheme abccba cbaabc. (abccbacbaabc)
Persimmon by Judi Van GorderSoggy leaves decompose
on the winter walkway
that ambles through the stark barren garden.
One lonely Persimmon tree stands discarded
against the sky, leafless array
of dark limbs seem to doze.Golden orbs appear to hang unguarded,
the dulcet sweet fruit on display
with no one to pose
a threat to dispose.
Left ignored on this frosty day,
bountiful harvest is unregarded.
My Thanks to Judi Van Gorder for the wonderful resource at PMO
My Example Poem
My Template   (Bragi)
In summer I would lose
my shoes, and all the clothes I could.
That meant I never, ever, wore a shirt.
I waded in canals and played in dirt
and had I pup, so times seemed good.
School’d start- then I’d wear shoes.
I can’t remember ever being hurt
that i was loved I understood
I did not have to choose
for happy were the views
to which I was exposed and would
in adult life naturally revert.
© Lawrencealot – March 14, 2014
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The Rondine is a little seen shortened version of the Rondeau dating back to at least the 16th century. 
The elements of the Rondine are:
1. a poem in 12 lines made up of a quatrain, a tercet and ending in a quintet.
2. syllabic 8 syllables per line accept L7 and L12 which are 4 syllables each.
3. In English metered, most often iambic tetrameter except the refrain which is iambic dimeter.
4. composed with a refrain repeated from the opening phrase of the poem, rentrement.
5. rhymed, using only 2 rhymes except for the refrain being unrhymed, rhyme scheme abba,abR, abbaR
(R being the refrain)

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My thanks to Judi Van Gorder for the fine resource above.

NOTE: The rhyme may be sight rhyme, slant rhyme, or assonance.
ALSO NOTE: This form is found frequently WITH MORE than EIGHT syllables, as in the example given on the page quoted below.

This is another very neglected and a very challenging poetry form. It consists of two stanzas, a septet (7 lines), and a quintet (5 lines), making the poem a total of 12 lines. There is a refrain which mimics the first phrase of the first line. R.

The Rondine has a rhyme scheme of,

(R a). b. b. a. a. b. R….a. b. b. a. R.

The meter is open with the French style and not bound by a rhyming pattern and is a more light and buoyant even “flashy” form of poetry which uses short lines, whereas the English is more formal and uses Tetrameter or Pentameter.

Here is an example by Wesli Court.

The Poets Garret

My Example

Write a Rondine

Here’s my Rondine, my very first.
With practice I’ll get better yet.
There is not much I should forget.
The rhymes are decently dispersed.
Find five alike, then dive headfirst.
Now have I, your interest whet?
Here’s my Rondine.

Choose words so refrain’s not coerced.
It ties the poem don’t forget,
from start to end refrain’s abet
a singularity well versed.
Here’s my Rondine.  

© Lawrencealot – April 2012


Invented by Renee Mathews Jackson aka Poetryality of Allpoetry
A “®RenRhyme”© 2006 rmj (Original Form)
Written in 8 or 10 syllable lines, consistently. Meaning do not mix eight with ten but write with either eight or ten syllable lines.
It consists of three, four-line (Quatrain) stanzas (12 lines)
Lines 1-4 in the opening stanza are the refrain lines
Line 1 is repeated as line 2 in the second stanza
Line 2 is repeated as line 2 in the third stanza
Line 3 is repeated as line 4 in the second stanza
Line 4 is repeated as line 4 in the third stanz
®RenRhyme (Rhyme Scheme):
There is no meter requirement.
Example Poem
Write a Ren Rhyme
Poetryality built a new form.
A third of the poem’s in stanza one.
You can use it to please, or to inform.
Just write that third and you’ll be two-thirds done.
That eventuates because of refrain.
Poetryality built a new form.
You see, one stanza is used twice again.
You can use it to please or to inform.
Choose eight or ten syllables for line length.
A third of the poem’s in stanza one.
Required repetition gives the verse strength.
Just write that third and you’ll be two-thirds done.
© Lawrencealot – September 3, 2012
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This form was created by Lawrence Eberhart, aka Lawrencealot on Allpoetry  in response to a contest.
It is named the Barbee, due to the facts it is dedicated to BarbarbBP, and that it’s syllabic representation looks somewhat like a capital E.
This form was designed for IAMBIC PENTAMETER in which case all of the required rhyming is STRESSED.
It has a COUPLET rhyming pattern on the 2nd syllable of aabbccddeeffgg
and an end-rhyme CROSSED rhyming pattern of  ababcdcdefef
It is a poem of 12 lines and may be presented as the poet desires.
It is syllabic 10/10/10/6/6/10/10/6/6/10/10/10
Example Poem
Natural Transformation
A rose within my garden proudly grows
and shows it’s colors to all flying friends.
it sends it’s scents to bees and birds and so
attends to those whose ends
it serves while it preserves
with verve the scents its visitors like best
expressed thru pollination’s frequent swerve.
Attest now to progressed
parade of bright new shades
as trades made randomly give us a new
delight of multicolor serenades
It’s quite a pleasant gift for us to view.
© Lawrencealot – April 5, 2013
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It was invented by Madison Shaw, aka Arkbear on Allpoetry.
12 lines with ( 1 ) break between
each stanza, a total of ( 2 ) breaks,
and a total of ( 3 ) stanzas.
The two ( 7 ) syllable lines, must use *end* Rhyme.
Syllable count is:
each day is
so slow to kill.
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
Dying piece by piece,
an inner self, outer shell,
crumbled as this lady fell
– bitter and broken.
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
My soul wishes
to feel
Rhyme pattern: xxxxxaaxxxxx
Syllabic 1/2/3/4/5/7/7/5/4/3/2/1
It must be centered.Example Poem
be earned
by accident.
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
it takes an event
to create.  A man must know
words  spoken by you are so.
Promise means intent.
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
If kept when not
you earn
© Lawrencealot – May 26, 2012


Created by Eve Braden, Frieda Dorris and Robert Simonton, the Dorsimbra
is a poem of 12 lines, consisting of
(1) a quatrain of iambic pentameter rhyming abab
(2) a quatrain of “short and snappy” free verse, and
(3) a quatrain of blank verse (unrhymed iambic pentameter).
The final (12th) line is the same as the first line ( a refrain).
The form’s creators suggest the use of enjambment, interlaced rhymes, 
and near-rhymes to bind the three stanzas/
Example Poem
Safe Fax
Today’s environment demands safe fax.
If you fax to yourself you won’t go blind.
A cover used will not let you relax.
If you fax too fast, most consorts won’t mind.
Not age restricted
Married or single  fine
contact quick
frequently gratifies.
If you have no outlet for your fax needs
you can then pay for service, legally.
If you know them then everything’s okay.
Today’s environment demands safe fax.
© Lawrencealot – April 23, 2012
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Hexaduad and Inverted Hexaduad

An Old English poetic form that consists of 2/2/6/6/8/8/4/4/6/6/4/4  syllable line lengths
– a total of 12 lines.
Rhyme Scheme: aabbccddeeff
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Inverted Hexaduad
An Old English poetic form with  2/6/8/4/6/4/4/6/4/8/6/2 syllable line lengths – again, a total of 12 lines.
The first two lines are repeated for the last two lines.
Rhyme Scheme: A1A2bbccddeeA2A1,  where A1 and A2 are the refrain lines
Example Poem

Undone   ( Inverted Hexaduad)
Without you I’ll be one
awaiting a new birth of mirth
and play that’s worth
unpack-aging the games
with other names
and fresh pretends
which serve my lusty ends.
You inspire me,
even though I cannot help thee.
Without you I’ll be one
(c) Lawrencealot – August 25, 2012