Alouette poetry form

The Alouette, created by Jan Turner,
consists of two or more stanzas of 6 lines each, (12 lines or more)
with the following set rules:
Syllabic: 5/5/7/5/5/7
Rhyme Scheme:  aabccb
The form name is a French word meaning ‘skylark’ or larks that fly high,
the association to the lark’s song being appropriate for the musical quality
of this form. The word ‘alouette’ can also mean a children’s song
(usually sung in a group), and although this poetry form is not necessarily
for children’s poetry (but can be applied that way), it is reminiscent of
that style of short lines.  Preference for the meter accent is on the
third syllable of each line.
Example Poem
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I’m not satisfied
and my dreams have died.
I wanted to do much more.
I lived for the day,
then you went away,
Now I long for distant shore.
My clock’s running out,
I’ve cancer and gout,
but I’m prosperous and free.
My wealth they could keep
if I could but sleep
close to you, across the sea.
© Lawrencealot – April 18,2012
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Awdl Gywydd

Awdl Gywydd
Type: structure, meter, rhyme, stanzaic.
Description: Pronounced ‘owdl gow-widd’. Seven syllable quatrains with end rhymes and couplet binding. Welsh origin.
Isosyllabic: 7 syllables
Stanzaic: 1 or more quatrains
Rhymed: a(ab)c(cb), where (ab) and (cb) indicates interlaced rhyme mid-line and end-rhyme.
xxaxxxb (a can be 3rd or 4th syllable)
xxcxxxb (c can be 3rd or 4th syllable)
Mid-line rhymes a and c can be various forms of rhyme but the end of line rhyme b should be perfect rhyme.
Example Poem
Midnight Ride When Full of Beer
At the game I took a chance
then at the dance I drank more.
After the twelfth beer of mine
I was supine on the floor.
They gave me hot coffee sips
which burned my lips but woke me
up so I could drink some more.
and made me sure want to pee.
After irrigating long,
the jukebox song seemed too loud.
I had the bartender send
beer to a friend in the crowd.
We both drank more; both got drunk.
Who would have thunk?  Just on beer?
When the bar closed I was stoned
so help was phoned, have no fear.
“You can’t drive.  There’s not a chance.
The Beerbulance is waiting.
Along with the sodden maid
we’re all afraid you’re dating.”
 © Lawrencealot – February 14, 2013
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BushBallad Meter

Informal name created by Mary Boren Sullivan, aka Meter_Maid on
Am adding it so others can have a go at a delightful metric experience.
OK, that’s not the official name for it, but this particular rhyme scheme & metrical pattern echoes of thundering hooves, which makes me think of Banjo Paterson.  If you’re stuck in iambic mode, it’s a good way to break free.
The form lends itself to light verse, but is versatile enough to support serious topics as well.  The meter is anapestic, as follows, presented in six-line stanzas with a rhyme scheme of aabccb.
ta da DUM / ta da DUM / da
ta DUM / ta da DUM / da
ta DUM /  ta da DUM / ta da DUM
If it feels more natural, you can substitute with an iamb for the first foot and/or move the feminine trailing syllables into the next line, like so …
ta DUM / ta da DUM
ta da DUM / ta da DUM
ta da DUM /  ta da DUM / ta da DUM 
Example Poem
My words are exacting
yours simply distracting
You argue in circles, at best.
You think that deceiving
just  ‘cus you’re believing
Is okay, your  thinking is blessed.
Now, when you disparage
an old friend’s new marriage
or put down another’s good work
or put on two faces
when speaking of races,
you’re behavior drives me berserk.
I’m mostly quite friendly,
but  if in the end we
diverge so in our views, my friend,
though I’ll still be mellow
and a jolly fellow,
I reckon our friendship will end.
© Lawrencealot – April, 2012
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