The Quintilla is a 16th century Spanish quintain with a rhyme scheme that is more about what cannot be done than what can be done.
The Quintilla is: • syllabic verse, octasyllabic (8 syllable lines) • stanzaic, written in any number of quintains (5 line stanzas). • rhymed. In each quintain only 2 rhymes can be used and it cannot end in a rhyming couplet. • There is choice of rhyme schemes of ababa, abbab, abaab, aabab, or aabba • when written as a decastich, (2 quintillas) the verse is known as Copla Real
El Viejo by Judi Van Gorder 7/1/03 The ancient cur begins to rise ignoring stiff, defiant bones. Foolishly focused on the prize, his awkward pounce elicits groans. To snub one’s age, not always wise. Pasted from http://www.poetrymagnumopus.com/index.php?showtopic=1015 My thanks to Judi Van Gorder for years of work on this fine PMO resource. My example
I’m Shocked, I Did It! (Form: Quintilla)
Impossibly demanding task when twenty-two whole words are asked and forty syllables I need according to Quintilla’s mask but perseverance did succeed.
Copla Real, popular in 15th century Spain, is a decastich which is made up of 2 Quintillas.
The Copla Real is: ○ a decastich (10 line poem) made up of 2 Quintillas (Spanish 8 syllable line quintains turned on only 2 rhymes of any combination other than never ending with a rhymed couplet.) ○ syllabic, all lines are 8 syllables. ○ rhymed, the rhyme scheme established in the first quintain is repeated in the 2nd quintilla. Possible rhyme schemes ababa, abbab, abaab, aabab, or aabba. The one no-no is it should never end in a rhyming couplet.
Pasted from http://www.poetrymagnumopus.com/index.php?/topic/1031-copla-copla-real-pie-quebrado/ My thanks to Judi Van Gorder for years of work on this fine PMO resource.
To Pee or Not to Pee (Form: Copla Real)
I put my first foot on the floor then know I want to sleep some more. It’s early yet; there’s snow outside Get up? Stay here? It’s either/or. My need to pee might soon subside.
The trip to pee I do abhor; to go and pee’s no little chore. You think I’m silly? Don’t be snide. I’d have to open our backdoor. Your own bathroom must be inside.
I have never seen this formally named anywhere, but was made famous
by Algerrnon Swinburnes’ “The Palace of Pan”, and recently popularized by several works of Eusebius on Allpoetry.com.
I am simply giving it the name so that it may be referenced conveniently. If this usurps a form of which I am unaware please notify and chastise me quickly.
It is a metrical stanzaic form identified by
Quintets, no minimum specified but clearly meant for longer poems given
the first stanza is repeated as the closing refrain.
Each stanza as the syllable form 11/8/11/11/8
with the (independent) rhyme pattern: abaab
Metric requirement: All lines are amphibraic with an ending iamb.
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
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