The Emmett style is a fiendish five line form related to the acrostic styles.
Form Type:
Dorothy Hester
Number of Lines:
Rhyme Scheme:
The Emmett has 2 rules:
1.The first line of the Emmett is five WORDS long. Each word of the first line becomes the first word of the following lines. So the second word in line one becomes the first word of line two, the third word becomes the first word of line three, etc.
2. To make things a little more complex the Emmett has a rhyme scheme of abbab.
There are no other restrictions on meter or line length. (Meter optional, line length optional).
I have wondered about this
Have pondered too
Wondered if you were true
About the first kiss
This nerve wracking thing to do
Copyright Dorothy Hester 2012
The Emmett was created by Dorothy Hester in May 2012 and was named after her maternal family name. The first example was posted on The Poetry Forum on the 2nd of May 2012
My Example
Write an Emmett
Only five words are needed.
Five words in line one, I mean.
Words to joke or vent your spleen
are swell; any wit will be heeded.
Needed rhyme, fits in between.
© Lawrencealot – March 5, 2013
Visual Template

Jumping Rhyme

This form was invented by Amanda J. Norton
Monorhyme quintet with line length growing from 6 to ten syllables
Interlaced rhyme required for every line, starts with word two of line 1
then “jumps” up a word each line until the last,
where it jumps back one word.
Obviously the poet must not use large multisyllabic words that make this impossible
Line length is based on syllables, rhyme pattern is based on words – take care
Example Poem
Lets Dance   (Jumping Rhyme)
I propose that we dance
if your toes dare take a chance.
God only knows I cannot prance
and whirl like the pros, but there’s a chance
the closeness could dispose you to romance.
© Lawrencealot – December 9, 2012
Both Interlaced and end-rhyme are monorhyme
I think the following visual template will clarify:
Note: you cannot chart the interlaced rhyme in advance, as it is dependent upon the word size

Lanturne or Lanterne

The Lanturne is a verse of 5 lines shaped like a Japanese
lantern with a syllabic pattern of 1/2/3/4/1.

Must be Centered

Example Poem

Some Lanturnes

Two, Three
Look at me.
What do you see?

Summons some
Nighttime flying

lasses love
lecherous lads’

husband who
is most happy

© Lawrencealot – April, 2012


Note I have found both spellings widely used:

lanturne = Poetscornerblog, poemhunter, Shadowpoetry
lanterne = Wikipeidia, poetrymagnumopus, poetrysoup


A limerick (is):
  1. is five lines long,
  2. is based on the rhythm “da-da-DAH” (anapest meter)
  3. has two different rhymes.
  4. Lines 1, 2, and 5 have three of those da-da-DAH “feet,” and rhyme with each other.
  5. Lines 3 and 4 have two, and rhyme with each other.
So the basic form is:
da da DAH / da da DAH / da da BING
da da DAH / da da DAH / da da DING
da da DAH / da da BAM
da da DAH / da da WHAM
da da DAH / da da DAH / da da PING
Limericks can:
  1. drop the first “da” in a line, changing that foot to da-DAH (iamb).
  2. add an extra “da” or two at the end of a line IF it’s used for an extended rhyme, such as people and steeple or cannibal and Hannibal.
  3. use special fonts or characters to make a point,
A Limerick is a rhymed humorous or nonsense poem of five lines which originated in Limerick, Ireland.
The Limerick has a set rhyme scheme of : a-a-b-b-a with a syllable structure of: 9-9-6-6-9.

Limericks can also be written in AMPHIBRACH meter

– two lines of amphibrachic trimeter, two lines of amphibrachic dimeter,

and a final line of amphibrachic trimeter.

Below my visual template shows two perfectly acceptable Limerick Forms.
In the strictest sense limericks should be a single five line poem.  Currently you find many poets stringing them together as stanzas.
Example Poem

The Lady and the Hat

The Lady in the Hat

The lady was well put together
with her tats and hat with a feather
I longed so to treasure
her feminine pleasure
at my place or hers, if she’d rather.

A limerick in amphibrach meter.

With a hat with a feather in place
and a corset constricting her waist
She said, nodding at me
“Take me home if you’re free
I so need a young man to embrace. “

A limerick in anapest meter
(c) Lawrencealot – 2013
For most of three years, that is all I had to say about the subject. During which I a learned a great deal about the permitted mechanics and devices formally allow in writing a poem in a specific meter.
Note: The following explanation is the most correct I have seen, and shows that one FOOT can easily morph into another, because headless feet, and catalectic feet are always s permitted poetic devise which denies counting syllables any validity in defining metrics.
Limericks are short poems of five lines having rhyme structure AABBA. It is officially described as a form of ‘anapestic trimeter’.
The ‘anapest’ is a foot of poetic verse consisting of three syllables, the third longer (or accentuated to a greater degree) than the first two: da-da-DA. The word ‘anapest’ shows it’s own metric: anaPEST.
Lines 1, 2 and 5 of a limerick should ideally consist of three anapests each, concluding with an identical or similar phoneme to create the rhyme.
Lines 3 and 4 are shorter, constructed of two anapests each and again rhyming with each other with the overall rhyme structure of AABBA.
The anapest metric must show the following pattern:
(da) da DA da da DA da da DA (da) (da)
(da) da DA da da DA da da DA (da) (da)
(da) da DA da da DA (da)
(da) da DA da da DA (da)
(da) da DA da da DA da da DA (da) (da)
Meaning that you can leave off the syllables in parentheses.
But 1, 2 and 5 should match each other, and 3 and 4 should match.
Pasted from
I would love to give attribution, but can do no better than the URL, which belongs to a private domain, but I do thank Andrea Detriech for bringing it to my attention.
But you will note, that by paying attention to these requirements our amphibrach limerick is indeed anapestic as well.


Visual Templates

Anapest version

Amphibrach Version


A syllabic form.
No meter specified.
No rhyme.
syllabic count 2/4/7/8/6;
line 1 is the subject;
line 2 gives description;
line 3, action;
line 4, the setting;
line 5, final thought.
Best Centered
Example poem

My Socks – Lost and Found
My socks
get a divorce
in my laundry; wallflowers
created in drier dances-
washday musical chairs.
© Lawrencealot – November 20, 2012

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A form invented on AllPoetry.com by Gloria Kim, aka Porphery. 
It is a single verse of five iambic tetrameter lines in monorhyme
which answers some asked or un-asked question.
Example Poem:
Why Do Cats Purr
While dogs can bark and growl and grrrr
and guard, and stealthy thieves deter,
which earned their place with men for sure,
The cats had only pretty fur,
so asked if God would add a purr.
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