Structure, Metrical Requirement, Stanzaic
A poem of five cinquains.
And repeat four more times.
Rhythm/Stanza Length:
Line/Poem Length:
See Also:
My thanks to Charles L. Weatherford for the above.
My example poem
Within the Bounds?      (Cinq-Cinquain)
of repeating
some rhymes in every verse
I know I can but should I now
Pray tell?
doubts here would make it worse,
I’ll proceed- rhyming anyhow.
Oh hell.
while I’m beating
time, now seems so perverse,
although the rules don’t disallow
Oh well.
from a fleeting
desire to intersperse
some lyricism here and now
to quell
doubts competing
that I’m cheating where terse
is sought and I use rhyme somehow
as well.
© Lawrencealot – February 16, 2014
I think this poems proves you ought not so something
Just because you can.

Rondeau Redoublé

The rondeau redoublé is not an easy form to write. It uses only two rhymes throughout, repeats whole lines, and has an awkward repeated half-line at the end. Let’s look at an example.

The first stanza is the key to the whole poem. Its four lines reappear in turn as the final lines of the next four stanzas, and the first part of the first line reappears again as the half-line at the very end. Each stanza rhymes either abab or baba. For the sixth stanza, either is possible.

To write one of these, start with the final half-line, then do the opening stanza, and you’re half-way there.


The blessed Malcovati, curse him, tells us that one of the two rhyme groups in a rondeau redoublé must be masculine and the other feminine. (The example he gives appears not to satisfy this rule – or perhaps my French is not good enough to appreciate the way in which it does.) Anyway, if he is to be believed – and he usually is – the above is not a true example of the form after all. It still seems good enough to me, though.

Pasted from
with thanks to Bob Newman for his years of work on the wonderful Volecentral resource.

This seems as good a description as any I found, and the added info regarding complication allows us to ponder how formal we want to be with our writes.

Stanzaic: Five quatrains plus a Quintet
Meter: Iambic Pentameter
Rhyme pattern: A1,B1,A2,B2 – b,a,b,A1 – a,b,a,B1 – b,a,b,A2 – a,b,a,B2 – b,a,b,a,(A1)

My Example
(Rondeau Redoublé)

Now is Good, Eternity is a Concept

Religions I can’t sell. They’re man created,
they’re based on fear; they’re doing very well.
One can be saved by doing what’s mandated.
I don’t need heaven; you can keep your hell.

I need no virgin births to make things swell.
I need no virgins, promised and post-dated.
I chuckle at the tales tall fables tell.
Religions I can’t sell. They’re man created.

All bigotry lets hate get concentrated,
as they recruit each other’s clientele.
Religions preach; with doubters oft berated.
They’re based on fear; they’re doing very well.

The golden rule makes common sense; I shall
embrace that while not notions fabricated.
I need no saving yet on streets some yell
One can be saved by doing what’s mandated.

I’ve others and I’ve been appreciated
The unknown does not bother me, nor quell
my peace. This life’s unfolding, unabated.
I don’t need heaven- you can keep your hell.

If “Let’s pretend” placates you, rings your bell
and banishes unfounded fears created
by preachers touting everlasting hell,
and brings you peace, please believe, be placated.
Religions I can’t sell.

© Lawrencelaot – July 31, 2013

Visual Template

Fibonacci Spiral


A New Mathematical Form, by Georgia Luna Smith Faust

A syllabic form based on the first 7 numbers of the fibonacci sequence* 1/1/2/3/5/8/13.


2 stanzas: 1st stanza 13 lines,  2nd stanza 12 lines.

25 lines altogether (no gap between stanzas.)

13 lines in the first stanza, then you use the last line of your first stanza 

as the first line  of your second stanza and repeat the syllable count below 

to form the spiral. if this confuses you just look below.


your syllable counts must be as follows:

stanza 1

1st line – 1 syllable

2nd line – 1 syllable

3rd  line – 2 syllables

4th line  -3 syllables

5th line   -5 syllables

6th line   -8 syllables

7th line  -13 syllables

8th line  -8 syllables

9th line  -5 syllables

10th line – 3 syllables

11th line – 2 syllables

12th line – 1 syllable (word must be at least 4 letters)

13th line – 1 syllable


stanza 2

14th line  -1 syllables

15th line   -2 syllables

16th line   -3 syllables

17th line  -5 syllables

18th line  -8 syllables

19th line  -13 syllables

20th line  -8 syllables

21st line   -5 syllables

22nd line  – 3 syllables

23rd line  – 2 syllables

24th line  – 1 syllable

25th line  – 1 syllable


Poem should be Centered. 1/1/2/3/5/8/13/8/5/3/2/1/1 1/2/3/5/8/13/8/5/3/2/1/1

*Fibonacci sequence
The sequence of numbers, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, … ,
in which each successive number is equal to the sum of the two preceding numbers.


Related Poetry Forms: Fib Diamond, Fib SeriesFibonacci Spiral, FiboquatroHaven Fire




Example Poem


Keep Your Promise




I now

convince you

that I keep my vow?

Sometimes it’s hard to carry through

when the world is filled with women and God did endow

me with this notion that I view

incomplete, somehow

lines that don’t

be now




this time

we have met

with success and I’m

I’m confident you’ll not regret

the fact that the world is filled with men who do sometime

agree that it’s ok to sweat

the details and rhyme

when you bet

you could





© Lawrencealot – April 16, 2013


(Rhyming not addressed, so I tried it.)