Stanzaic, any number of couplets
Isosyllabic, Hexasyllabic lines
Rhyme Pattern: xbxcxa xbacxa, where b and c are interlaced rhyme, AND c is optional.
Note: The b and c rhymes can be found on any syllables.
- Essence is a rhyming hexasyllabic couplet with internal rhyme with a twist. Normally in English prosody “internal rhyme” refers to a word within the line rhyming with the end word of that line or the end word of the previous line. However in this verse form internal rhyme refers to words from somewhere within the line rhyming internally within the next line, it could be 1 or 2 rhymes. (This could be tricky in only 6 short syllables.) Found at ShadowPoetry.com and attributed to Emily Romano, published in P.O.E.T. magazine in 1981.
The essence is:
- stanzaic, written in any number of couplets.
- syllabic, hexasyllabic lines.
- end rhymed as well as interlaced rhyme. x b x x c a b x c x x a The b and c interlaced rhymes may be placed in any position within the lines, the c rhyme is optional.
Two short lines with end rhyme
sort within, tend to time.
——Judi Van Gorder
My great thanks to Judi of PMO, for the above.
II made one change in the description. Instead of referring to the b and c rhymes as internal rhyme, I called them interlaced rhyme.
Rhyming a word in the middle of one line with a word in the middle of another is called interlaced rhyme.
Here, thanks to Bob Newman of Volecentral, is the most definitive list of rhyme types I have ever encountered. http://www.volecentral.co.uk/vf/rhyme.htm
Note: I would also disagree with the indicated rhyming convention, but guess I will not insist it be x a x b x c since the previously indicated pattern bestows the a-rhyme upon the end-rhyme position.
Rhymed (bca)(bca) (Interlaced rhyme)
My Example Poem
Bye Bye, Bad Boy (Essence)
Next time you reel me in
to climb and feel and sin,
I plan to take to bed
a man to slake instead.
© Lawrencealot – Thanksgiving day 2013