• The Septanelle is a verse form in 7 lines. It was created by Lyra LuVaile.
    The Septanelle is:

    • a heptastich, a poem in seven lines.
    • syllabic, 4/6/10/4/6/10/4 syllables per line.
    • rhymed, rhyme scheme ababcca.
My Thanks to Judi Van Gorder for the wonderful resource at PMO
My Example Poem
Not Enough     (Septanlle)
I had no dream
at twenty-one. My life
had been scripted by others, it would seem.
I took a wife
served country, then could see
that schooling offered opportunity –
my only theme.
© Lawrencealot – April 5, 2014


The Rondelet (or roundelay) is a brief French form of poetry. It consists of one stanza, made up of seven lines. It contains a refrain, a strict rhyme scheme and a distinct meter pattern.
The word is the diminutive of rondel, a similar, longer verse form. This is the basic structure:
Line 1 :: A—four syllables
Line 2 :: b—eight syllables
Line 3 :: A—repeat of line one
Line 4 :: a—eight syllables
Line 5 :: b—eight syllables
Line 6 :: b—eight syllables
Line 7 :: A—repeat of line one
The refrained lines should contain the same words, however substitution or different use of punctuation on the lines has been common.
AUTHOR’S NOTE:  I Take exception to Wikipeia’s inclusion of “Roundelay” as a synonym.
It is a completely different form to be documented in this blog.  Since I took exception, I made a change to the Wikipedia Entry.
The Rondelet is a French form consisting of a single septet with two rhymes and one refrain: AbAabbA. The capital letters are the refrains, or repeats. The refrain is written in tetra-syllabic or dimeter and the other lines are twice as long – octasyllabic or tetrameter.
Note the Shadowpoetry allows line-length variance.
The Rondelet  is a brief French form of poetry. It consists of one stanza, made up of seven lines. It contains a refrain, a strict rhyme scheme and a distinct meter pattern.
The word is the diminutive of rondel, a similar, longer verse form. This is the basic structure:
Syllabic    4/8/4/8/8/8/4
Rhymed  AbAabbA
Where A is the refrain
The refrained lines should contain the same words, however substitution or different use of punctuation on the lines has been common.

Related forms: Dryden’s Roundelay, RondeletRoundelayTermelay

Example PoemWrite a RondeletA Rondelet.
Four lines tetrameter should be.
A Rondelet.
Dimeter for the other three.
Trochees or iambs; up to thee.
This simple template sets you free.
A Rondelet.

Visual Template

Clarity Pyramid

Invented by Jerry P. Quinn, it consists of two 3-line stanzas and a final line. The poem should be centre-aligned to create a pyramid shape. The structure is as follows:
Line 1: 1 syllable, the poem title, displayed in UPPER CASE.
Line 2: 2 syllables, a synonym of the title or a word that clarifies the title
Line 3: 3 syllables, the same content as line 2.
Lines 4-6: 5, 6 and 7 syllables, and “based around a life event contained within [the first three lines] which helps give a poetic view or outlook on the first line”.
Line 7: 8 syllables, enclosed in quotation marks; a quotation that defines the title.
1/2/3/5/6/7/8 (7 lines)
Example Poem
Help create structure
for a planned creation
according to a standard
“Much more useful than this poem.”
Visual Template


A Diamante is a contrast poem of 7 lines, set up in a diamond shape.
The first line begins with a noun/subject,
and second line contains two adjectives that describe the beginning noun. 
The third line contains three words ending in -ing relating to the noun/subject. 
The forth line contains two words that describe the noun/subject and two that describe the closing synonym/antonym.
If using an antonym for the ending, this is where the shift should occur.
In the fifth line are three more -ing words describing
the ending antonym/synonym,
and the sixth are two more adjectives describing the ending
The last line ends with the first noun’s antonym or synonym.
To make it a bit simpler, here is a diagram.
Line 1: Noun or subject
Line 2: Two Adjectives describing the first noun/subject
Line 3: Three -ing words describing the first noun/subject
Line 4: Four words: two about the first noun/subject,
             two about the antonym/synonym
Line 5: Three -ing words about the antonym/synonym
Line 6: Two adjectives describing the antonym/synonym
Line 7: Antonym/synonym for the subject
Example Poem
quiet, undisturbed
soothing, refreshing, reassuring
composed,  tranquil, excited, impatient
upsetting, disturbing, unsettling
distressed, worried
(c) Lawrencealot – April 7, 2012


Kwansaba is an African American verse form of praise. The Kwansaba, (swahili kwan – first fruit / saba -principle) was created in 1995 by Eugene B Redmond, East St. Louis Poet Laureate and professor of English at Southern Illinois University-East St. Louis. The form was developed in honor of the celebration of Kwanzaa . The poetic form adopts the number 7 from Kwanzaa’s Nguzo Saba (7 principles) as well as embraces its roots in the South African tradition of thePraise Poem. 
Kwanzaa is a 7 day celebration of the African-American family encompassing African-American heritage, culture and principles. The celebration was introduced by Dr. Maulana Karenga, African-American educator, following the Watts riots of 1966 with the intent of bringing the African American community together.Kwansaba, the birth of a poetry form The 7 principles of Kwanzaa are unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith. Each day of the celebration focuses on one of the principles.
The Kwansaba is:
a celebration of family and African-American culture, a praise poem.
a septastich, a poem in 7 lines.
measured by 7 words in each line.
written with no word exceeding 7 letters.

The description above was pasted and copied from
with some slight editing.
Example Poem
Flashmob Christmas
Almost always tears trend down my face
after joyous smiles from ear to ear.
Seeing smiles erupt across the entire crowd
after pause of waiting wonder, knowing now
this gift is given- it’s for all.
Folks see shyness put aside for them,
to be caroled with season’s joyful songs.
© Lawrencealot – December 13, 2013


The Septolet is a poem consisting of seven lines containing fourteen words
with a break in between the two parts. 
Both parts deal with the same thought and create a picture.
When Not Napping
creeping slowly
across the lawn
keenly focused.
eating berries
he’s almost done.
(c) Lawrencealot – April 21, 2012


Invented by Sherman Ripley. It consists of 7 lines in pentameter, predominately iambic, with two stanzas, rhyming abba cbc. It is, essentially, half of a sonnet.
Example Poem
Write a Sonnette
Let’s write one-half a sonnet here and now.
We’ll use Iambs, and five of them per line.
although if you choose, trochees would be fine.
One-half a sonnet? Here I’ll show you how.
One quatrain followed by a sestet works.
A sonnet built with training wheels- divine.
A sonnet sans the benefits and perks.
© Lawrencealot – Oct. 20, 2012
Visual Template


Pleiades form

This titled form was invented in 1999 by Craig Tigerman, Sol Magazine’s Lead Editor.
Only one word is allowed in the title followed by a single seven-line stanza.

The first word in each line begins with the same letter as the title.

Hortensia Anderson, a popular haiku and tanka poet, added her
own requirement of restricting the line length to six syllables.


 Example Poem

Striking frightful lightning
Sending shadows darting
Sudden squall surprising
Shrieking wind propelling
Screams against our faces,
Slamming hail bombarding –
Suddenly it’s over.
© Lawrencealot – April 16, 2012

Visual Template:
This was penned in trochaic trimeter, but that is not a requirement.