Margeda is an invented verse form that is an exercise in trochaic meter with head and tail rhyme. It is said to be adaptable to the “elfin, the grotesque, the ironic and to nature poems”. (“nature poems” added at the end made me laugh) It is attributed to Edith Thompson and found in Pathways for a Poet byViola Berg. I have also run into this form at various sites on the internet.

The Margeda is:
• a quatorzain made up of 7 couplets that does not claim to be a sonnet.
• metered, written in trochaic tetrameter, the last foot is catalectic (drops the last unstressed syllable) Su/Su/Su/S.
• rhymed, the lines have both head and tail rhyme in rhyming couplets. a…b a…b c…d c…d e…f e…f g…h g….h i…j i…j k…l k…l m…n m…n

Email by Judi Van Gorder

Quick communication sketch,
pick an address, forward, fetch.
Jokes in mass invade my box,
folks send long political talks.
Photos, dogs and kids and chains,
posts still pledging luck or pain,
“Send this on! If not you’ll die”.
Ending ads “A deal, must buy!
Debt reductions cons abuse,
get in touch and read the news.
Friendships lost, renewed once more
mending wounds ignored before.
Now and then a cherished note,
Wow! Its those on which I dote.

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

My example

NFL Proud

NFL Proud (Margeda)

Focus on entitlement-
Joseph Randel’s clear intent
was to steal some underwear
‘cus his contract seemed unfair!
Earning five and eighty K
yearning to put that away
playing foot ball for the ‘Boys
saving bonuses for toys.
Stealthy he must not have been.
Wealthy guy gets more again.
MeUndies found it quite alright —
refund his fine – cure his plight.
Hire him to sell their shorts
Fire him? Hell no, it’s sports.

© Lawrencealot – October 19, 2014

On Monday, Oct. 13, Dallas Cowboys running back Joseph Randle, 22, was arrested for Class B misdemeanor theft of cologne and underwear at a Dillard’s store in Frisco, Texas. Now, Randle will be a spokesman for one of the brands he stole from.
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  • Duodora is a quatorzain that doesn’t claim to be a sonnet. Written in 2 septets, L1 of the first septet is repeated as L1 of the 2nd septet. The form was created by Dora Tompkins who was an editor of the Nutmegger, a poetry magazine published in Connecticut.The Duodora is:
    • quatorzain made up of 2 septets.
    • syllabic,  4/6/5/5/5/10/10 syllables per line.
    • rhymed Axxxxxb Axxxxxb L1 is repeated as a refrain that begins the 2nd stanza. x is unrhymed.
My Thanks to Judi Van Gorder for the wonderful resource at PMO
My example poem
The Sailor and the Rose – 1980        (Duodora)
A round platform
occupied the center
of two acres of
polished hard wood floor.
As a young sailor
from a small town, I was already awed
by the hundreds of couples I suppose.
A round platform
became a stage for a
volunteer to sing
one song with the band.
I was never close
enough to see her. But we stopped dancing
and some (like me) cried as she sang “The Rose.”
© Lawrencealot – March 22, 2014
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Sonnetina Rispetto

Sonnetina Rispetto

The “Sonnetina Rispetto” is a new poetry form
created by Dorian Petersen Potter
on September 8,2009.
This form has 14 lines with 8 syllables each.
It can be written in 3 quatrain stanzas and a couplet or
with an Octave(8) and a Sestet(6) lines.
The rhyme scheme is as follows: A1,A2,B1,c,c,B2,A1,A2,d,d,B1,B2,A1,A2.
The capitals A1,A2,B1 and B2…stands for the refrain lines in the poem.

Specifications restated:
Stanzaic:  Either 4 quatrains and a couplet or a sestet and an octaveI
Isosyllabic:  Eight syllable per line
Repetitive: requires two refrain lines, each repeated twice.
Rhyme pattern: A1A2B1ccB2A1A2ddB1B2A1A2.My example poem
My Reservoir Is Now Pints Shy     (Sonnetia Rispetto)
A challenge once was put to me
to drink six beers and not to pee.
When young I won that careless bet
Six bottles I would quickly scarf,
then merely belch and never barf,
but how I did it I forget.
A challenge once was put to me
to drink six beers and not to pee.
My bladder then could wait and wait
and bow not to an old prostate.
When young I won that careless bet
but how I did it I forget.
A challenge once was put to me
to drink six beers and not to pee.
© Lawrencealot – March 18, 2014
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Cortes Nonet

Invented by Josephine Ann Louise Cortes-Love  aka MajesticRose on AllPoetry, March 2012.
It was inspired by the original Nonet.
14 lines (2 stanzas, 7 lines each)
First stanza syllable count as follows:  5/7/9/11/13/15/17
Second stanza syllable count as follows:  17/15/13/11/9/5
The last word of each line is the first word of the next line.  (word form)
The first word of the second stanza can either be the last word of the first stanza OR a new word
The poem can rhyme or have no rhyme at all
Example Poem

Dedicated to Majestic Rose
To write a Cortes
Cortes Nonet , I do mean,
Mean minded MajesticRose means that
that requirement that each line carries on so
so smoothly  with the last word from the prior line  if you,
you ambitious poet, think your muse can run free you may lose.
Lose just one word and you will be hitting delete way too many times.
Due to the already significant demands save trying to rhyme.
Rhyme if you wish.  It is allowed I shall attempt it this time.
Time is on my side for I am half way through this verse.
Verse being used here to mean stanza, what’s worse,
worse than that, I’ll run out of couplets-
couplets needed to rhyme more.
More is out the door.
   (c) Lawrencealot – June 1, 2012

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The Diatelle is a fun, syllable counting form like the etheree with a twist. The syllable structure of the diatelle is as follows: 1/2/3/4/6/8/10/12/10/8/6/4/3/2/1, but unlike an etheree, has a set rhyme pattern of abbcbccaccbcbba. This poetry form may be written on any subject matter and looks best centered, aligned in a diamond shape. (14 lines)
The Diatelle form was created by Bradley Vrooman.

Example Poem
Wind  (Diatelle)
can blow
as you know
with a great might
affecting the tides flow,
cause hurricanes, whirlpools and blight
upon all craft at sea, and sea coasts smite
all inhabitants ashore as if they had sinned.
On the other hand that wind can be quite
kind and let a boy fly his kite
or aid man with the blow,
wind mills save might.
A nice show
is slow
(c) Lawrencealot – April 2, 2012
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Hex Sonnetta

The HexSonnetta, created by Andrea Dietrich, consists of two six-line stanzas and a finishing rhyming
couplet with the following set of rules:
Meter: Iambic Trimeter
Rhyme Scheme:  abbaab cddccd ee  (abbabbcddccdee)
Iambic Trimeter means the usual iambic (alternating unstressed/stressed)  meter for every line of the poem, but instead of the ten syllables that comprise a typical sonnet’s iambic pentameter, this particular form uses
six syllables of iambic trimeter per line.
Thus, the name HexSonnetta.
The first part of the form’s name refers to the syllable count per line.
The second part of the name, Sonnetta, is to show this to be a form similar to the sonnet, yet with its shorter lines and different rhyme scheme, it is not the typical sonnet. Not only does this poem have six syllables per line, it also has a set of two six-line stanzas, giving an extra “hex” to the meaning of HexSonnetta.
The rhyme scheme is a bit of a mixture of the two traditional sonnet types, with the two 6-line stanzas having more the rhyme scheme of an Italian sonnet, but with the ending rhyming couplet being the featured rhyme scheme of the English sonnet. The first stanza presents the theme of the poem, with the second stanza serving to change the tone of the poem, to introduce a new aspect of the theme or to give added details.
The final couplet, as in an English sonnet, can be either a summary (if the theme is simple) or it could be the resolution to a problem presented in the theme. In any event, it should nicely tie together the whole piece and could even appear as a nice “twist” presented at the end.
Example Poem
Gam-boy No Batteries
The tramp stamp tattoo’s swell
but now it is passé.
This tat’s for every day.
It’s sure to cast a spell
and start-up jitters, quell.
Just need a pen to play.
You verbal skills may suck.
You may be shy to boot.
The guys will closer scoot.
Keep in your car or truck
a pen for your own luck.
and playing is a hoot!
Put one upon your thighs.
for really studly guys.
© Lawrencealot – May 22, 2012
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Margerinesoar Noir

Margerinesoar Noir  ( Dark winged beauty)
form was created by Amanda J. Norton on June 2, 2012.
Isosyllaibc: All lines are 10 syllables.
All end-rhyme is mono-rhyme.
Interlaced separate mono-rhyme occurs on syllable 5 of each line.
The poem consists of two tercets, each followed by a couplet,
then a concluding quatrain.
The first line of the poem, is also the first line of the first couplet.
Finally, the 2nd line of the poem becomes the first line of the quatrain,
and the 2nd line of the first couplet becomes the
2nd line of the quatrain.
Example Poem
Use a New Form (Margerinesoar Noir)
Let us not abuse a form of our own.
A poet pursues truth with words on loan.
It should not confuse, lest poets disown.
Let us not abuse a form of our own.
Make pattern amuse, and not make folks groan.
Write of lover’s coos, or of Fred Flintstone,
or paying our dues for chances we’ve blown,
of evil in pews, or wild oats we’ve sown.
Whatever your muse drops into your zone–
Remember to choose your own words alone.
A poet pursues truth with words on loan.
Make pattern amuse, and not make folks groan.
If words can bemuse then we’ll not bemoan
the efforts we use to make it our own.
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Mystique Sonetillo Acróstico

This form was created by  Alberto Jose Alvarez Gonzalez aka MystiqueWizzard
It is a mixture of  Acrostic, Sonetillo and English Sonnet as it would end with rhyming couplet.
Here´s the twist:
8 syllables : Stanzas 1 -3
7 syllables  :Stanza 2 and couplet
Rhyming Scheme is: abba bccb cddc ee, (abbabccbcddcee)
The closing couplet must conclude what’s stated in the first two stanzas and
the third stanza will be a little change in the direction of the statement( light volta).
You must choose a theme that holds 14 letters so you can make it acrostic.
The theme MUST be a satire or hold an obvious satirical tonality.
Example Poem
America, Obama said,
Needs fundamental change– and hope.
That he, a dream black, clean as soap,
Implied would be so free of dread.
Can’t ‘member him saying “Nope,
All thru creating, so much
Prosperity– losing touch
Indeed with the poor man’s need.”
There’s green that needs the Fed’s soft touch.
All businesses need our control
Lest they be soon on public dole.
Imagine! We can be your crutch.
So yep,  I do have small change.
That’s one thing he did arrange.
© Lawrencealot – August 25, 2012
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Purely Hopeful

This form was invented by Jennifer L. Hedin, aka on Allpoetry as Pure_Hope
A Four Stanza form, with two quatrains enveloping two tercets.
The syllable counts and rhyme-pattern for each stanza is:
9/8/7/6: abab
7/8/9: cdc
9/8/7: cdc
6/7/8/9: fgfg
There is no metric requirement.
Example Poem

Camping Trip
“Dress for camping,” I advised, “Wear red.
So she put on a pencil dress.
She wanted me home instead.
Her ploy was a success.
I stayed home and was not sad.
I was I’ll admit, quite content.
Next time I said “Camping won’t be bad.”
“Dress in red.  Wear boots- You will be glad.”
She dressed in leather; time well spent
and wore the best boots she had.
Even though she brought rope,
Figuring to snare our lunch?
I stayed home again.  I’m no dope.
And there I enjoyed my honeybunch.
 © Lawrencealot – September 14, 2012
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Created by Shelley A. Cephas
A 14 line poem made up of four tercets and one rhyming couplet.
Meter: iambic tetrameter or iambic pentameter.
Each 3 line verse is an unrhymed triplet, but there is rhyming between the stanzas..
2 rhyme schemes: abcabcabcabcdd  or abccbaabccbadd
Example Poem
Little Brick Library
When I was young,  and that means wee,
My nearby library did astound.
I started stopping every day.
I’d roam the shelves from about  three
’til five o’clock or ’til I’d found
one book I could not put away.
It was wonderful they were free;
the best resource that I had found
and books had so darn much to say.
This was long ‘fore girls intrigued me.
The building was a good friend found,
where I’d rather hang-out than play.
Those short years opened wide the door.
to much I still plan to explore.
(c) Lawrencealot – May 4, 2012
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